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What is Thinsulate in Boots: How do your your feet stay warm in the coldest of weather?
Many jobs that require work boots also require you to spend time in challenging weather.
Fortunately, there are industries focused on creating gear so workers can spend their days outside in comfort.
The products are very specific, and cater to the exact needs of workers.
One of these materials you might have seen is a 3M product called Thinsulate.
In this article I’ll get into what Thinsulate is and why it’s established itself as the gold standard of insulation in work boots.
As a younger man I worked three cold months without properly insulated boots.
It’s miserable, painful, and was absolutely a representation of my youthful foolishness.After a season of telling myself I was really tough, by January I told myself the truth: I was suffering unnecessarily.
I grabbed a pair of boots insulated with Thinsulate and never looked back.
So I’ve known about Thinsulate for years, but never exactly what it was or how it worked.
I got this topic while researching exactly those unknown details, I first turned to 3M, the manufacture of the material.
To my surprise, 3M didn’t provide all the data I wanted to see; fortunately, the US Military did.
They were a wealth of very detailed scientific research.
I learned a lot about the properties of insulating materials when wet verses when dry.
I also added to my knowledge of how debilitating foot injuries caused by cold (Non Freezing Combat Injury – NFCI) can be; only 15% of American soldiers suffering NFCI ever returned to combat in WWII!
How’s that for encouragement to keep your feet warm?
The bottom line: If you work in the cold, this article is for you.
It’s worth taking care of your body, live to fight another day. Stay warm, dry, healthy, and working, by grabbing a pair of boots built with Thinsulate.With that, let’s detail what Thinsulate is.
What is Thinsulate Insulation?
Thinsulate is a synthetic fiber developed by 3M that insulates better than any natural materials on earth.
3M’s goal when developing Thinsulate was to provide an alternative to down, which is bulky, natural, and therefore more expensive to obtain.
Additionally, it’s lighter, more compact, and according to 3M, twice as effective as down in retaining heat. The fact that it’s more compact than down makes it the perfect material to insulate boots.
There isn’t much extra room in a boot as it is, and no one wants to make their boots heavier and bulkier when there’s a better solution available. Besides boots, you’ll find Thinsulate in gloves, jackets, fire fighting equipment, acoustic insulation, and many more applications.
You might have something that is built with Thinsulate and not even know it.