Insulation for an athlete is a constant struggle of keeping heated air in, but removing moisture from that air. Outlier has a new idea called Airspace, being wide open to airflow while you are moving and generating heat, but when you stop, it acts as an insulation.
This new idea is a three dimensional mesh of fabric that can act well in both capacities. It is a polyester knit that is only 2mm thick and 70 grams per square meter, making is lofty, but very light. Since it is a mesh, it allows air to pass through quite easily. Outlier is offering this new material in two different weights of pullover, check out the details after the jump…
The pullovers are both built with the same technology, but come in two different weights you can choose based on your insulation need.
Making the warmer of the two sweaters, the Airspace +Merino Pullover is a versatile piece lined with a lightweight merino mesh to add a touch of the soft wool for feel, and to use its natural insulation and ventilation properties. The Merino pullover uses a 135 gram per square meter merino wool mesh to the Airspace material to create a garment that can stand alone as insulation. The two meshes combine to become nearly opaque, yet still open to airflow as you move. It sells for $225.
The Airspace Transparent Pullover is actually see-through, and very lightweight. Outlier says it can be used as a baselayer, or on the outside of other clothing, and is extremely breathable. Essentially, the Transparent is just the Airspace layer without the Merino of its counterpart.
Outlier warns that because it is a mesh, it does not hold up too well to sharp things or snags, so good care must be taken when wearing it.