PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

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PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Chest Rockwell » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:06 am

Well my long time Cabelas jacket finally went down on me. I've been researching jackets for the first time in years. I've noticed companies using p.l. for their insulated jackets. The pattern I have noticed is the more expensive jacket brands..Sitka, Browning, etc. are using p.l. I realize p.l. has been around for sometime, just never used it before...always been thinsulate gear.

Anyone know is this insulation better than thinsulate? I really like my last cabelas wader jacket but I felt it was too bulky at times. Just wondering if the p.l is really warm.
Sorry if this has been covered..never seen the two compared...in discussion
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby OmegaRed » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:05 am

Don't know anything about actual performance, but I'd never heard of Primaloft. Pretty cool...

PrimaLoft is a patented synthetic microfiber thermal insulation material that was developed for the United States Army in the 1980s. PrimaLoft is a registered trademark of PrimaLoft, Inc., the brand's parent company...

In 2010, PrimaLoft was awarded compliance with the bluesign criteria for environmental impact, establishing PrimaLoft as the first branded insulation manufacturer to obtain bluesign’s system partner status.[4] The bluesign criteria is designed for maximum resource productivity with respect to environmental health and safety.[5]

In 1983 the US Army Research Laboratory in Natick, MA approached PrimaLoft’s former parent company Albany International Corp., a global advanced textile and material processing company,[6] to develop a water resistant synthetic alternative to goose down for use in military sleeping bags and clothing systems in variable environmental conditions.

http://www.cabelas.com/materials-thinsu ... loft.shtml
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby mudpack » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:13 am

Modern insulation materials are pretty much the same. The amount of insulation is much more important than the brand.
Find a coat that has the features/price you want, and if it uses either Thinsulate or Primaloft you'll be good to go.
I.e. I would not rule out any garment because it has one instead of the other.
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Guzman » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:22 am

mudpack- I would disagree... I am a thin guy and suffered a lot in the cold. I would constantly be called the state puff marshmellow man due to the big bulk to try and stay warm, yet I was cold.

Thinsulate good... primaloft better

I have primaloft stuff...OMFG... When I first put it on I was thinking this is flimsy and and that I was going to be cold due to very little bulk to the coat. I was in the house, and after just a couple of minutes I was buring up. The first few trips out hunting I was still sceptical as there is no bulk so I packet along another coat etc. I have sense learned that I don't need the extra coats. I am hunting in way less bulk which let me tell you is much more comfortable and a lot easier to move in... 15 years of guiding, suffering, not comfortable for the fitst time ever I am warm and comfortable.
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby super90 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:51 pm

Just look at the Cabela's info on the two. PL is more efficient in terms of insulation (R-value), and, oh by the way, really light. The chart shows it clearly. All "modern" insulation is not created equal.

I have jackets made of both. I wear the PL one almost every day in the winter.

http://www.cabelas.com/materials-thinsu ... loft.shtml
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby mike.s » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:36 pm

"PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate"

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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby mudpack » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:16 pm

"The amount of insulation is much more important than the brand."

I'll stand by that statement all day long. :yes:
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Dedduc » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:17 pm

super90 wrote:Just look at the Cabela's info on the two. PL is more efficient in terms of insulation (R-value), and, oh by the way, really light. The chart shows it clearly. All "modern" insulation is not created equal.

I have jackets made of both. I wear the PL one almost every day in the winter.

http://www.cabelas.com/materials-thinsu ... loft.shtml


Agree!! My Sitka Kelvin coat I wear all the time. Super warm!! Put it under a Gore Tex liner and your good for any weather!
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Guzman » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:18 am

mudpack wrote:"The amount of insulation is much more important than the brand."

I'll stand by that statement all day long. :yes:


Hey mudpack I think I saw you in your hunting gear the other day... Was this you? HAHA
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I have Sitka Kelvin pants and coat which are both Primaloft. Additionally I have the Hudson jacket which has Primaloft insulation.
Sitka isn't the only brand out there using Primaloft. http://www.cabelas.com/product/The-North-Face-End-Of-Season-Sale/Mens-Outerwear-Sale%7C/pc/216191880/c/229675680/The-North-Face-Sharp-End-Jacket/1383824.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fthe-north-face-end-of-season-sale-mens-outerwear-sale%2F_%2FN-1108510%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_229675680%3FWTz_l%3DHome%253Bcat216191880&WTz_l=Home%3Bcat216191880%3Bcat229675680
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby stickmann7 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:58 pm

I have worn every synthetic insulation known to man, and some we as humans have never heard of, the best, most comfortable and warmest in my opinion is primaloft!!! Lightweight, durable and warm. . .what more could you ask for???!!!
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Tim Terrell » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:22 pm

Primaloft.
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Mike the Fox » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:51 pm

Primaloft for me too


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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Weedwacker » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:03 am

From a different direction. Bought the wife a coat for daily use this year and it so happens to have PL, she can't say enough about the warmth and light weight of this coat.

So I bought a simlar one for me, I must say it will change your thoughts on weight and warmth. And they are not $$$$$$$$ that brand.
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby aclumpkin » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:32 am

I did the switch to Primaloft three years ago and would not go back.

As already stated, it is expensive but it is lightweight and in my opinion, warmer than Thinsulate.
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby The Drake » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:56 pm

My dirty bird with primaloft is light and amazingly warm
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby Scaledog90 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:45 am

primaloft is better
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Re: PrimaLoft vs Thinsulate

Postby duaney2 » Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:26 pm

My Sitka "Duck Oven" is primaloft it's super warm and ultra lightweight. A nice feature is how small it packs down for storage in backpack when not needed.
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