Comfort Phase Change Materials
"Outlast(r) products bring technology to life in your every day activities--in the clothes you wear for play and work and in the bedding you sleep in. Outlast Technologies invents and formulates patented phase-change materials, that, when applied to apparel, footwear, bedding and accessories, keeps you more comfortable. Products using Outlast(r) Adaptive Comfort(r) Thermocules(r) respond to changes in your body temperature, and the outside environment, adapting to meet your individual thermal needs.
Technology developed for a highly specialized or extreme use often trickles down to the average person's everyday life. This is the case with the Outlast(r) phase change technology--originally developed for NASA in 1988 by Triangle Research and Development (TRDC), for use in suits and gloves to protect astronauts from the extreme fluctuation between the bitter cold and scorching heat that they often encountered in space.
Outlast Technologies, founded in 1990 and headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is credited with commercializing the use of phase change materials (PCMs) in outdoor wear. The company was set up by Ed Payne (an ex-fighter pilot and mathematician) and Bernard Perry (an international business guru). Both men were outdoor enthusiasts who saw the potential for using phase change technology to improve levels of comfort while exercising. In 1994, the first phase-change prototype fabrics were developed, and three years later the company's first commercial products were launched.
Over the past decade, Outlast Technologies has tested many processes and developed new technologies, now owning more than 20 patents (plus 16 pending). Test products are routinely run through the ringer by independent laboratories around the world. In recent years, Outlast has also amassed an all-star management team, consisting of players from other worldwide textile giants such as DuPont, Burlington, Cargill/Dow, BHA Technologies, Dyersburg, Itochu, Malden Mills, Ploucquet, and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Today the team guiding Outlast Technologies is totally immersed in their passion for technology, and committed to providing comfortable solutions for everyday life. Because, like you, the folks at Outlast hate to be uncomfortable, whether riding, climbing, boarding, skiing, running, biking, walking, working, sleeping, or doing just about anything.
Over 200 premium-quality brands around the world use Outlast(r) Adaptive Comfort(r) technology in their products including: Adidas, Boeri, Bugatti, Burton, Gold Toe, K2, Lands' End, National Geographic, New Balance, Nordica, Phenix, ProShield, Rukka, Serta, SuperFeet, Swany, TempraKON, Teva, Timberland, The North Face, Wacoal, Wamsutta, and Wigwam. For more information visit the web site at www.OUTLAST.com"