| Hydroweave®: A Breakthrough in
the Fight Against Heat and Body Stress
Hydroweave® is a revolutionary, newly patented "performance
enhancing" (PE) composite fabric, representing
the first real breakthrough in personal cooling material
It is a highly effective, lightweight, flexible fabric,
used to manufacture a wide-range of personal cooling
garments and products.
In today's market, there are several different types
of cooling technologies that are available for portable
body cooling. The most sophisticated of these are essentially
portable, tethered air conditioners that have been developed
for military use, particularly explosive ordinance disposal personnel
and astronauts. As one would expect, these systems are
not only heavy, but are also extremely expensive....
Conductive cooling occurs when heat passes directly
from the body to Hydroweave based on the difference
in temperature between the body and the garment. Evaporative
cooling occurs when water evaporates from a surface.
That surface becomes cooler because of the heat that
is expended by changing a liquid into a vapor. ....
Hydroweave® is a Performance Enhancing (PE) fabric
that cools through evaporation. Designed with three
layers, when soaked in water the middle layer absorbs
and holds moisture. As the water evaporates from this
layer, Hydroweave® cools the wearer while its shell
and lining keep the wearer dry... Read
Auburn University was commissioned to study the cooling
properties of Hydroweave®. The research project
evaluated how long Hydroweave® remains active and
how effectively it cools the wearer. Auburn University
is a member of the National Textile Center and conducts
performance testing on garments and their effects on
the wearer under various simulated work and stress conditions.
Soaking Hydroweave® in water activates the cooling process.
When activated, special water retaining, hydrophilic
fibers in the batting capture and lock in a finite amount
of water. The hydrophobic fill evenly distributes and
surrounds these water-charged fibers with air, creating
an ideal environment for evaporation. This combination
of hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibers delivers a slow,
controlled release of moisture, enabling hours of cooling