Mount Everest Climbers Test Aspen Aerogels Insoles and Sleeping Pads Through Toughest Weather Conditions on Earth

Ultimate Product Assessment Traces Effectiveness of Aspen Aerogels

Insulation Products. Climbers Update Progress and Provide Feedback on New Website

Apr 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Aspen Aerogels

    NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pushing the term 'product
 testing' to the next level, Aspen Aerogels, the leading manufacturer of
 nanotechnology-enabled aerogels which outperform traditional materials by 2
 to 8 times, is sending two experienced climbers to endure temperatures as
 low as minus 50 degrees C and winds reaching up to 170MPH so that they can
 assess the effectiveness of their insulation products.
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     Through their seven-week ascent up Mount Everest, Bill Driggs and Anne
 Parmenter will be depending on ToastyFeet(TM) insoles produced by Polar
 Wrap and InsulMat(TM) sleeping pads produced by Pacific Outdoor Equipment,
 both of which are Powered by Aspen Aerogels(TM). These products will
 insulate them from Everest's harsh weather conditions. Both Bill and Anne
 have climbed on Mount Everest before, which will enable them to continually
 measure Aspen Aerogels effectiveness and compare them with their previous
 ascent. Their experiences will be documented through press releases and
 blog submissions, which will debut on the new Aerogel website,
     True Underfoot Insulation
     All insulation materials work on the principle of trapping air in void
 spaces located in the insulating media. In most insulators, the void spaces
 create loft. When traditional insulation is compressed, loft is lost and so
 is the insulation effectiveness of the insulator. Until Aspen Aerogels,
 insulation has not been able to survive underfoot because all other
 flexible insulators lose their loft under compression, similar to the
 compression which occurs when a person's weight is applied to the soles of
 shoes or boots. Aspen's flexible aerogel blankets have the ability to
 withstand up to 150PSI of pressure without losing loft. This value is well
 beyond the pressure exercised on the balls of the feet while running.
 "Aspen's technology is based on trapping air within a nanostructure which,
 by virtue of its sub- molecular size is incredibly strong," says Dr. Polli,
 Director of Development at Aspen Aerogels.
     "Climbing to the highest peak on earth under some of the most extreme
 conditions is no small matter, and keeping their bodies and feet insulated
 is essential to their success," states Don Young, chief executive officer
 of Aspen Aerogels. "I can think of no-better way to examine the overall
 effectiveness of our Aerogel products, than to examine how well we will be
 able to keep them warm and moving through this adventure."
     About PolarWrap
     Unlocking the secrets of Mother Nature's designs, PolarWrap products
 enhance wintertime or cold weather experiences to new levels of comfort and
 safety. PolarWrap's patented technology brings cold weather protection to
 the most vital part of our body, the body core. Simply the most powerful
 product you can use for cold weather protection and comfort. For more
 information, visit
     About Pacific Outdoor Equipment
     With an eye on the environment and making sure that your favorite
 outdoor places stay healthy, Pacific Outdoor Equipment develops gear that
 is designed and crafted to enhance your time outside. For more information,
     About Aspen Aerogels
     Aspen Aerogels supplies nanotechnology-enabled flexible aerogel
 blankets with insulating properties that outperform traditional materials
 by 2 to 8 times. Unlike other aerogel material providers, Aspen provides
 the thermal and acoustic performance of aerogels in a ready-to-use blanket
 impregnated with the silica nanostructures. This blanket format makes it
 easy for Aspen customers to conserve energy and save money in oil and gas
 recovery, LNG shipping and storage, apparel, military, aerospace and energy
 industries. In addition, Aspen is actively developing application in the
 building/construction, automotive and fuel cell markets.

SOURCE Aspen Aerogels