Comfort is the result of dedicated, holistic product development.

It is never the result of just one construction parameter (e.g. fiber materials).

All parameters must be adjusted to climate & application.

Innovative Comfort

Research and Product Development

Having researched and tested interactions between humans, climate and textiles for over 75 years, Hohenstein is a pioneer in developing scientific methods for material and product comfort. We know what matters for human perception and what to test.

Body-Climate-Clothing Interaction

Body-Climate-Bed Interaction

Hohenstein is the world leader in working with material developers, manufacturers and brands to optimize comfort by assessing specific characteristics of materials, clothing, PPE, bedding, sleeping bags, car seats, furniture and more.

Hohenstein sets the standards.

Our expertise is especially suited to creating testing plans around the end-user's needs. We conduct research, invent measurement methods and devices and correlate/verify the data.

We transfer this knowledge by writing standards and leading committees, as well as with the Hohenstein Academy.

  • Skin model ISO 11092
    Physiological effects — Measurement of thermal and water-vapour resistance under steady-state conditions (sweating guarded-hotplate test)
  • Thermal manikin ISO 15831
    Physiological effects — Measurement of thermal insulation by means of a thermal manikin
  • Liquid sweat on hotplate CEN/TR 16422
    Classification of thermoregulatory properties
  • Evaporative cooling DIN SPEC 60015
    Quantitative measurement of the evaporative heat loss of smart textile materials for work, sports/outdoor and leisure


Three Crucial Factors for Comfort

Breathability, heat insulation, sweat transport, cooling, warming.

Thermophysiological comfort:

  • How effectively textiles or systems (ie. bedding, apparel or seating systems) retain heat or cool down
  • How effectively materials are able to transport sweat away from the skin and quickly release it into the environment

Specialized heat and moisture measurements on fabric.

Through extensive research, we've developed or modified specialized equipment to reliably determine the physical parameters of heat and moisture management. To test for specific user scenarios, we use climate chambers to simulate use and climate conditions that are adjusted to the application.

Thermal insulation, heat and moisture measurements on garment, bedding and seating systems.

Skin Sensorial Assessment

To measure comfort (also known as skin sensory comfort) we employ methods developed from years of scientific research to ojectively evaluate subjective sensitivity.

Always consider the user's motion and environment.

To what extent is comfort influenced by garment construction, fit and heat and moisture management?

Using our thermal manikins and climate chambers, we determine the heat and moisture management parameters of entire clothing and textile systems - in the expected ambient conditions - during the potential user's movements.

For example, in personal protective equipment (PPE), comfort plays a key role in safety and user acceptance. PPE must be tailored to the needs of the wearer - while working in emergency environments - and offer optimum comfort during all motion sequences.

Ergonomic comfort can be optimized through body movement analysis.

Hohenstein Comfort Services

  • Ongoing research and customized testing for the interaction between bodies, climate and textile materials and products (fabrics, clothing, workwear, PPE, bedding, sleeping bags, car seats, etc.)
  • Quantitative measurement and quality control of individual parameters (heat and moisture management, cooling, skin comfort) for textile materials
  • Determination of range of utility of clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) based on clothing, climate and specific activity
  • Assessment of heat and moisture management and skin comfort of textile products
  • Assessment of ergonomic comfort of clothing and the consequences of pattern construction and design on wear comfort
  • Assessment and advice for comfort-optimized textile materials and products
  • Wear trials with human subjects in simulated ambient conditions and sensors for subjective and objective measurements

Hohenstein Quality Labels

3rd party claim support for breathability, sleep comfort and wear comfort.

Meet Dr. Jan Beringer.

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WestPoint Hospitality wanted to develop more comfortable bedding.

"[Hohenstein's] expertise in the sleep comfort and the moisture transport and the heat transport through the sleep chamber is second to none in the marketplace."

- Keith Lang, Senior Vice President, WestPoint Hospitality

Fit and pattern development is a science.

Market Specific

Different applications require tailored solutions.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America