Thinsulate is a type of insulation used in boots, shoes and outerwear to keep you warm. Developed by 3M, Thinsulate originally appeared in ski clothing four decades ago. The 1980s brought this insulation technology to footwear, and Thinsulate has continued to expand ever since.
Degrees of Insulation
Thinsulate insulation comes in varying degrees, from 200G to up over 1000G, with the G standing for grams per square meter of insulation. This means that the higher the number, the more insulation is provided. Depending on the intensity level of your activity and the temperature at the time, you can decide just how much insulation you will need.
The 200-gram Thinsulate provides a lower amount of insulation than the other levels available. This degree of insulation would best serve those participating in activities that are more rigorous. Chilly weather may call for 200G insulated footwear; however, extreme cold may require a higher level of insulation. Hikers, snowboarders and more athletic outdoorsmen would probably go for the 200G Thinsulate.
Extreme temperature lows and prolonged outside exposure without exerting yourself may necessitate the 1000G Thinsulate insulation. This is not a standard level of insulation used specifically for situations involving intense cold. Thinsulate also comes in 400G, 600G, 800G, 1200G and higher, for a diverse range of cold conditions.
Benefits of Thinsulate
Thinsulate insulation resists water to keep your feet and body dry, while allowing your skin to breathe. You can wash Thinsulate material right in your own washer, making it more convenient than other dry-clean-only options. Seeing as Thinsulate insulation gives you multiple options concerning how much insulation you need, it makes choosing outerwear and footwear for particular activities easier.