OrthoLite, the industry leader of branded, high performance and comfort footwear solutions, unveils OrthoLite O-Therm, a new thermal insole technology for cold-weather footwear protection. O-Therm combines the world’s lightest and most insulative cold barrier protection. For the consumer, this allows for the feet to stay warmer, be outdoors longer, feel comfort, perform better and go farther in cold weather conditions.
O-Therm is the first and only aerogel-infused, open-cell Polyurethane foam. This new technology creates a thermal barrier that blocks the cold and maintains footwear temperature regulation. Using an advanced aerogel, the world’s most insulating material, the proprietary combination of materials in O-Therm gives thermal insulation and all-day comfort underfoot for cold-weather protection.
“OrthoLite’s proprietary aerogel is O-Therm’s secret sauce,” explains Rob Falken, Vice President of Innovation at OrthoLite. “Our advanced aerogel traps micro-pockets of air without the need for loft, and it won’t lose its effectiveness when compressed under foot. OrthoLite’s aerogel is unlike any other aerogel solution in that it is nano-porous inside of a multi-porous structure, and that creates a supreme thermal barrier which blocks both cold and heat. In addition, O-Therm’s advanced silica aerogel powder is the lightest man-made material, weighing in at only three times the weight of air,” Falken notes.
O-Therm advanced aerogel is also hydrophobic, which means it repels water and moves moisture away from the foot to provide a drier, more comfortable shoe environment.
“We are proud to introduce this new thermal innovation to the footwear industry,” says John Barrett, President of OrthoLite. “We see tremendous potential in the market—in cold weather footwear applications and beyond.”