What is WRIGHT's 3BELOW Gel-Infused Memory Foam?
We developed the 3Below foam for use as the top layer of the W1.27 mattress in order to solve some pain points of traditional memory foam. The core of our 3Below foam is 4lb density, 10 ILD visco-elastic memory foam. This is a high quality material in and of itself, but we made some changes to make it even better.
We sped up the response rate of the foam itself from 8 seconds to 2.4 seconds. This means that as you move from one area of the mattress to another the mattress expands back to its original height in less than 2.5 seconds. This eliminates the stuck-in-the-mud feeling of some traditional memory foam mattresses. You can roll, scoot, sit-up unimpeded and without leaving a stiff body-print behind if you do quickly shift positions.
We didn’t stop at just improving the response time of the foam – the most innovative part of our 3Below foam are the thermal additives and the temperature regulation achieved. We injected the foam with gel coated phase change materials (PCMs) which bring a new level of cooling and temperature regulation.
PCMs work through an infinitely reversible molecular transformation, the molecules absorb heat and turn from solid to liquid. The PCM’s themselves act like a heat sink, absorbing more than 650 times the heat in the heat range between room temperature (72 degrees) and the human body (98.6 degrees) without feeling warmer to the touch.
While the phase change materials are great for absorbing heat, the open-cell construction of the foam core itself and the gel coating on the PCMs work to rapidly conduct heat away from the body and towards the bottom and sides of the mattress. When compressed – the gel coated PCM particles touch and create a network of linked beads improve thermal conductivity.
While we developed our 3Below foam to combat the tendency of memory foam mattresses to overheat, the PCM technology can also work to distribute heat to cooler extremities in colder temperatures. The thermal conductive properties can absorb heat from high temperature areas like the torso and transfer them to cooler areas like arms and legs. The result is a more uniform distribution of heat and a stable, comfortable temperature for a better night’s sleep.