Since its foundation, Toray has adhered to the philosophy that “R & D is the key to the Toray of tomorrow.” With this in mind, the company has continually focused its efforts on research and technological development (R & TD), making the strengthening of basic research and fundamental technologies an important management issue, and has proceeded to create new technologies and technological areas. Toray also clearly distinguishes between its research activities and development activities, placing priority on highly innovative basic and exploratory research.
Down has the highest warmth to weight ratios of any insulation material. The only draw back to down is moisture, once wet down looses all of its performance and has very long drying times. This is the reason down is rarely used or recommended in hunting apparel.
Through nano-technology Toray has created a water repellent finish for down feathers called Quixdown that makes a feather essentially waterproof. Toray’s Quixdown now eliminates the need for synthetic insulation which is significantly heavier, bulkier and not nearly as warm as down.
KUIU will be introducing several new Quixdown Filled garments next month called Super Down. These new garments are lighter warmer and more comfortable than any insulation product ever introduced. We sourced down from Poland which is the highest grade down in the world with a 92% Down and only 8% feather ratio! Our fill rating in our Super Down garments is over 850!
More to come on KUIU’s Super Down Line later this month. Enclosed is a video demonstration of Quixdown for your review.