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Thread: TNF ThermoBall... A better mouse trap??

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    Default TNF ThermoBall... A better mouse trap??

    Check it out...

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...-winter-warmth

    "ThermoBall, created by noted outdoors/college campuses company North Face, is a synthetic insulation that closely mimics down. Unlike traditional continuous-filament synthetic insulations, which are laid out in flat sheets comprised of thousands of long filaments, ThermoBall is made from short strands of polyester that have been spun and frayed into millions of fuzzy miniature cotton-ball-like balls, 0.15-0.2 inches in diameter. They float inside hundreds of tiny pockets, or baffles (seen above), sewn into a jacket. They are designed to cluster like feathers, maintaining air pockets (which are key for retaining warmth) rather than clumping together into a solid mass."



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    Who is buying one first, you or Stid2677?

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    Heck, I figure Alaska_Lanche probably has two in his closet already!


    I wonder how it does when wet

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    I'm pretty sure AK_Lanche is already on the waiting list for one of these...



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    Shoot LuJon, you beat me too it by 5 seconds. But hey, I expect you to buy the first XXL that hits the streets, so who are you to talk!

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    Don't be clowning on my gear brother!!! That does look like a nice jacket..
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    Needs a lot more work and torture testing to justify $280. Plus TNF goes overboard in their wacko environmental donations. Not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knikglacier View Post
    .....Plus TNF goes overboard in their wacko environmental donations. Not for me.
    I feel the same way about Patagonia.

    The concept of the ThermoBalls is interesting.

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    Inventiveness is a good thing. We all benefit from them either directly or indirectly. I use a lot of wool down here but only in short distance hunts and treestand hunt situations. It is heavy but warm. Down is also very warm and light! But we all know its downfall when it gets wet. But with pre-planning, one can use the warmth and lightweight of down while guarding against it getting wet. Each hunt situation has to be analyzed as to the weather potential, length of travel, weight of pack, etc. etc.. That brings in the necessity of proper layering to fit the weather and your level of exertion. I have used a rainproof shell over down many times. We all tend to be gear heads so thinking ahead and planning can solve a lot of problems later.

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