Suddenly Black Is Cool...
Mammut using new Schoeller technology which allows black clothing to reflect light.
Posted: 23 April 2009
you want to avoid dark-coloured clothing in hot weather, but Mammut's new soft shell range
uses a Schoeller
technology called ColdBlack
which is designed to keep you
cooler in hot conditions.
Sounds unlikely no? But apparently the ColdBlack finishing technology
is highly reflective and significantly less heat through, keeping you
cooler in hot summer sunshine, the exact opposite of what you'd expect
from dark clothing and something that will bemuse anyone who's worn a
black top on a glacier during the day...
Mammut says that their new Courmayeur Pants, for example, actually
reflect up to 80 per-cent of the light keeping the wearer cooler for
longer. The finish is actually invisible and, says Mammut 'influences
reflection in the infrared spectrum so that dark colors reflect the
sunlight in the same way that lighter colors do'.
Because the reflecting stuff is happening in the non-visible portion of
the spectrum, the fabric can be reflective without influencing the
visible colour. This is crucial with soft shell which, for some reason,
is virtually always black - it's the law...
Interestingly, not only do ColdBlack garments like the £130
Courmayeur Pants pictured not heat up as fast as normal ones, they also
lose heat faster once the sun does go in. Other Mammut clothing using
ColdBlack includes the Extreme Logan jacket and pants and the Verglas
jacket all of which use Schoeller soft shell fabrics. So now you can look cool and stay cool at the same time.
More details at www.mammut.ch
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