Polartec NeoShell

Polartec, a provider of innovative textile solutions, has collaborated with Teton Bros., a Japanese apparel brand focused on functional back-country apparel, for new performance jackets.

Polartec’s NeoShell breathable waterproof fabric is now being used on Teton Bros. TB 2.0 jacket for styles that offer supple stretch, breathability and overall comfort.

Nori and Junko Suzuki founded Teton Bros. to create the apparel they need for high-exertion activity in the mountains. When Polartec introduced breathable comfort and waterproof protection with NeoShell, Teton Bros. became one of the first brands to use it to make more functional and versatile waterproof gear.

Polartec creates versions of NeoShell with different fabrics on either side of the membrane, all of which can be engineered to achieve different performance characteristics. Given these capabilities, Nori Suzuki challenged Polartec to create even more breathable, stretchier, more supple yet still highly durable NeoShell fabrics for the brand’s TB 2.0 Jacket, its flagship product.

Peter Lord, global product manager for weather protection at Lawrence, Mass.-based Polartec, said, “The new knit NeoShell styles we’ve engineered are the softest, most breathable and most comfortable NeoShell fabrics ever created. You’ll want to put them on and leave them on.”

The Polartec development team then worked to create NeoShell fabrics specifically for the needs of Teton Bros. This resulted in a more supple 70 by 160 denier mechanical stretch nylon woven NeoShell fabric that balances drape and stretch with high durability for greater mobility in the body of the garment, and an extremely abrasion resistant and durable Supplex nylon woven face NeoShell fabric for use over the shoulders and waist of the jacket.

Both fabrics are paired with a proprietary fine gauge circular knit textile on the interior that is softer, stretchier and less prone to snagging than traditional nylon tricot waterproof fabric linings. These specific iterations of Polartec NeoShell are exclusive to Teton Bros.

The TB Jacket, first created in 2007, is regularly updated with input from mountain guides, back-country skiers and friends pursuing a variety of outdoor activities, with the aim of providing a simple, elegant garment.

Polartec products range from lightweight wicking and cooling fabrics, to insulation and weather protection textiles, and are utilized by leading consumer brands, the U.S. military and other global militaries, flame resistance, workwear, and contract upholstery markets.