U.S. Wool Batting Introduced
February 7, 2014
RamTect wool batting is a new all-wool fiber batting product developed and launched at the Outdoor Retailers Winter Market (Jan. 2014) in Salt Lake City by Hobbs Bonded Fibers. The insulation was developed by Doug Hoschek, co-inventor and marketer of Polarfleece in the early 1980s, and Carey Hobbs, owner of Hobbs Bonded Fibers.
The idea of wool insulation offers advantages. Made from American wool, RamTect, does not clump, migrate or require quilting or baffling, which means that the outer-shell fabric need not be down proof, and there will be fewer needle holes open to cold air. In addition, wool is non-static and offers good moisture management naturally.
The company is calling it 'the natural fiber solution,' designed as a soft and pliable wool insulation fabric using the company's patent-pending, no yarn compression technology.
Hobbs uses American raised wool in RamTect due to its superior loft and resistance to compression, supported by a test done at Texas A&M for the American Sheep Industry Association.