A highly efficient
breathable fabric material enables the user to
control body temperature and experience physical
Its award-winning technology was developed over
five years by Micro Thermal Systems, of England,
and in 1999 it received a Department of Trade and
Industry Smart prize for the successful
commercialisation of its innovative technology.
Neoprene is an oil/heat-resistant synthetic
rubber. Current specifications of Stomatex –
described as “breathable neoprene” – are made from
closed-cell foam neoprene. These fabrics can be
applied as laminates or loose linings according to
The thickness (thermal insulation) of the
insulating component varies from two millimeters
(mm) to six mm, with the most frequently used
being between two and five mm.
How does the technology work in the dry? The
Stomatex system has thousands of tiny chambers and
pores formed in the body of the material that
efficiently evacuates sweat as it evaporates from
the skin surface.
By controlling heat loss from the system while at
the same time removing excessive sweat. The
overall effect is to create a more comfortable
condition on the skin surface.
Used in wet conditions in thermal vests, shorts,
under dry suits and wet suits, Stomatex traps air
in the chambers which, acting as an excellent
insulator, makes the garment warmer than a similar
garment made from ordinary neoprene which does not
allow sweat to evaporate. Because Stomatex
material has the ability to remove excess heat ad
sweat, the suit does not allow the inside
temperature to rise in or out of the water.
The product is suitable for use wherever thermal
insulation or body protection is required and
comfort would normally be compromised by sweating.
It has already been used in wide-ranging
application including orthomedical supports,
sports supports, back supports, equestrian
underwear, surface water sports, wetsuits,
survival suits, surfing wetsuits, warm-up suits,
dive suits, liners and footwear.
Stomatex has been used by a number of top
sportsmen and women including Will Carling and the
England Rugby Union Squad, the Great Britain
Hockey Squad, the Great Britain four-man bobsleigh
squad, Olympic athletes Tessa Sanderson and Daly
Thompson and, recently, Lennox Lewis used a
Stomatex resistance training suit during his
preparation for the successful unification of the
World Boxing Championship titles in November 1999.
The Royal Navy has successfully tested Stomatex
wetsuits and Artic warfare clothing.
Stomatex is on permanent exhibition at the British
Science Museum as an example of an advanced