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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060410/NYM039 ) 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, http://www.aerogel.com. 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 http://www.polarwrap.com. 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, visit http://www.pacoutdoor.com. 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.
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