STRATUS: Technical Apparel Design Capstone Thesis Project
The goal of this garment was to create an “invisible layer” that enables the user to alter the insulative R-value of the upper body layering system without adding or removing any layers.
To achieve this goal, the design direction of the jacket was to:
• Create an innovative baffle system that allows the user to increase or decrease the loft of 2 front baffle panels which regulate the thermal value of the jacket’s core.
• Use adaptable ventilation to improve moisture management and convective cooling within the garment.
• Use specific self fabrics to increase durability in areas that interact with external elements like a backpack, gloves, and helmet while maintaining breathability.
The Innovative baffle panels are able to alter the R-Value of the garment from 1.23 to 3.05 in initial prototype testing.
Collaboration with Maxport product developers in Hanoi, Vietnam: