Polartec Partners with True North to Produce Line of Flame Resistant Garments

Seattle, WA – In 2009, Polartec introduced a total layering system that provides certified Flame Resistant protection, combined with the proven comfort and functionality of Polartec performance fabrics. True North, a leading manufacturer of work wear for the fire service, electrical utility and manufacturing markets, has partnered with Polartec to produce premium garments using Polartec's Flame Resistant (FR) technology.

"True North understands quality, performance, and the need to be on the cutting edge of innovation both in fabric selection and garment design", says Michael Batson, Polartec's Global FR Business Manager. "After many years of development work with the US Military and outdoor markets, we are proud to offer a truly innovative collection of FR fabrics to partners like True North."

True North has recently launched a line of garments using Polartec Flame Resistant fabrics. Polartec worked with True North to develop a Polartec Thermal FR fleece made from Nomex that offers unmatched wind resistance. True North is also using a Polartec Power Stretch FR fabric that offers 4-way stretch, warmth without weight, breathability, and efficient moisture management. Worn by militaries around the world, Polartec's patented Power Stretch grid knit construction is now being rapidly adopted by the commercial FR market as a cold weather, flame resistant base or midlayer. Additionaly, True North is using Polartec's Power Dry FR line of baselayer fabrics which offer HRC2 arc flash protection for utility workers. Polartec Power Dry FR is a favored baselayer material for fire service personnel due to its unmatched moisture management performance. In Spring of 2011 True North will be launching its lightweight t-shirt also manufactured with Polartec's Power Dry FR fabric, perfect for those long summer days.

Polartec FR fabrics are inherently flame resistant, tested in both in-house and independent state-of-the-art laboratories, and pass relevant industry certifications.

About True North LLC

True North has been a trusted source for quality bags, backpacks and fire resistant clothing for more than 18 years under the True North, DragonFur and Drink! Hydration Brands. The company provides gear and clothing for the wildland fire, structure fire, search and rescue, utility, and petro chemical industries. True North strives to provide innovative products at competitive prices, then backs them up with a lifetime warranty and sincere customer service.

About Polartec, LLC

Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer and marketer of Polartec performance fabrics. Polartec products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the best clothing brands in the world. In addition, Polartec fabrics are used extensively by all branches of the United States military including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Special Operations Forces.

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