Polartec invented PolarFleece in 1981, and since then, the company says that the invention has been “relentlessly copied.” Now the company is bringing back the brand.
The relaunch began with the PolarFleece Pullover, which will combine Polartec Classic 200 with Polartec Power Stretch and use Polartec Hardface reinforcements at the collar, pocket, waist and cuffs. Each garment is made in the U.S., is 100 percent recyclable, and may be color-customized.
The company featured the new pullover at the 2017 Outdoor Retail Winter Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. All proceeds from sales of the jackets at the show were donated to Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit mentorship program helping urban youth explore nature.
The company’s products range from lightweight wicking and cooling fabrics to insulation and weather protection textiles. These are utilized by consumer brands; the U.S. Military and other global militaries,; and the flame resistance, workwear and contract upholstery markets.