Soon, inflatable jacket that controls how much insulation is needed
A high-tech clothing company has developed an inflatable jacket that can control the amount of insulation required.
The inflatable jacket by outdoor-minded gear junkies at Klymit is expected to hit the market in 2013 with the help of its Kickstarter campaign, Discovery News reported.
One has to zip up the jacket as you head out for a jog around the park or an ascent up Mount Everest. Pump the inflation port in the left pocket to allow the chambers to conform to your body. As you warm up while running or climbing, maintain your climate control by deflating the jacket.
The jacket comes with either a dry air pump or (for a heftier price tag) a NobleTek gas pump, which uses Argon gas for inflation.
The company -- the first to use argon in apparel -- chose argon because of its low thermal conductivity. Argon is also used to insulate windows.
And since Argon is virtually weightless, your ski parka shouldn't slow you down.
The liner uses eco-friendly bamboo and charcoal for odor control.
A Kickstarter pledge of 250 dolars gets you a jacket off the first production run, estimated to be delivered in March.