Schoeller’s “c_change”

Schoeller Textil AG is up to some whacky fabric engineering, again. . .

For what it’s worth, Schoeller Textil AG, a Swiss textile company, is the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation of the Year for a “bionic climate membrane” called c_change. (Frost & Sullivan is a consulting company.)

c_change, Schoeller says in a press release, is a water- and wind-proof membrane technology that adapts to temperature and humidity changes to offer a “high level of breathability and comfort to the wearer.”

(a Schoeller schematic, a Salvador Dali print. . .?)

Here’s the technical dope. . .

“The c_change membrane is set to a predetermined temperature range. As soon as the climate inside a garment is warmer—due to physical activity or higher surrounding temperatures—the membrane reacts. Its flexible polymer structure opens and allows water vapour to escape quickly to the outside air. As soon as the body begins producing less heat and therefore less moisture, the polymer structure reverts to its original position. During this process, body heat is stored and protection from cold builds up.”

Pretty cool. Watch for the full Gear Junkie review soon.

Last time I covered Schoeller it was to talk about a fabric made to mimic the smooth shell of a beetle. No joke.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.