Team Polartec Wins at Lineman’s Rodeo

176 teams of the best linemen from around the world competed in the 28th annual International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS on October 15th.  The competition tests traditional tasks and skills of lineman including the Hurtman Rescue, Pole Climb and CPR.  Each team is composed of 3 competitors, 2 linemen and a ground man.  All competitors are certified Journeymen Linemen.  Teams compete at different rodeos across the US all culminating at this prestigious competition in Kansas every October.  For the 3rd year in a row, team APS (Arizona Public Service), outfitted in Polartec® Power Dry® FR fabrics made by True North won the competition.

Polartec® Power Dry® FR boasts a patented bi-component knit construction which dramatically improves comfort by transporting moisture away from the skin and pulling it to the outer surface where is can dry faster.  Thus, keeping you warmer and drier while in the field.

Polartec® is the market leader and biggest supplier of American-made FR knits.  Polartec’s full-layering FR system has been protecting workers in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electrical utility, power generation, mining and industrial industries for over 10 years.  For more information, see Polartec FR.

2011 APEX Award Winners Available Now

Each year, Polartec honors the finest Polartec-based garments with a prestigious Polartec APEX Award. We announced the North American and European winners back in May. Most of these pieces are now available for purchase. Check ‘em out!

Polartec at the 2011 OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Polartec Booth

Outdoor Friedrichshfen 2011 – 900 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees, all checking out the latest spring gear at the Germany tradeshow.  Popular items at the Polartec booth: Polartec NeoShell®, Polartec Power Shield Pro® and all the Polartec Apex Award winners.

Enjoying the Polartec booth

Of course, the best part about Friedrichshafen is THE PARTY!  Polartec throws the biggest and best party in town.

This year’s big hit was the party t-shirt!  This shirt is a collection of technologies including Repreve® 100, Polartec Power Dry® High Efficiency® with Polygiene® Odor Resistance and is bluesign approved.  Pretty much everything you could ever want in a shirt!

Friedrichshafen Party Photos:

Polartec 2011 Party T-shirt

Dad’s Day Giveaway-Westcomb and Revo

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19th) so we decided that we should put together a big giveaway package for the occasion. Whether you are a dad yourself or need a last minute gift for your dad (slacker), this prize package is sure to upgrade any father’s outdoor wardrobe with two of the newest products on the market.

This week’s giveaway is a Westcomb men’s Apoc Jacket- Made from all-new Polartec® NeoShell® fabric, and an APEX winner this year, the Apoc is an active alpine jacket optimized for fast-and-light expeditions, including minimalist alpine features like a helmet compatible hood and well-placed pockets and vents with YKK water-resistant zippers. Featuring new Polartec® NeoShell®, the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market, its soft hand, comfort stretch and durability performs for all-around high-energy outdoor activities.
MSRP: $480

We are also giving the winner a pair of polarized Revo Guide sunglasses featuring the Water lens. Revo has designed a lens specifically optimized for the color profiles of open water-perfect for dads who fish, sail, paddleboard or live near the water. These glasses were launched earlier this spring and have gotten terrific reviews in Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and Elevation Outdoors, among others. MSRP: $179.

TO BE ENTERED TO WIN:1) Head to the Revo Facebook page and “Like” them if you have a chance and then head to the Polartec Facebook page.
2) Find this giveaway post
3) In a comment below the post, tell us the one piece of clothing that your dad just refuses to upgrade. We will choose a winner at random on Friday June 10th at Noon MST.

We have Men’s M, L, and XL in a few available colors in the jacket. We are unable to swap out the Revo glasses for any other style.

Thanks so much and good luck!

Earth Day Recycled Giveaway

Well as has become tradition here at Polartec, we like to celebrate our good news with giveaways to our fans. Since Earth Day is fast approaching, what better time to have a little contest surrounding recycled style.

This week’s Recycled Contest Package includes the following:

A Fall 2011 Marmot Warmlight Jacket- made from Polartec Classic 200 100% PCR (post consumer recycled) Double Velour Fleece. This fabric is made from Repreve 100 yarn derived from clear plastic water bottles. The Warmlight also includes bonded zippered chest pockets, and interior zipper pocket and is Zippin™ compatible. We only have a Men’s Medium in Navy. (Sorry gals, giveaways to come for you later in the week.)

While we are celebrating recycled products, the second part of our giveaway today is a pair of Revo sunglasses. Revo manufactures the top industry-tested polarized lens on the market and 70% of their collection is made with sustainable materials. This week’s winner, along with the jacket, will receive a pair of Revo Thrives. The Thrives have Revo Polarized Crystal lenses-made from high grade optical glass, and complete with all of the Revo bells and whistles. Most importantly for today’s purposes, the Thrive nylon frame is made from 100% pre-consumer recycled high grade plastic. We think that’s pretty cool. Price is $209.

To WIN YOU MUST:1) If you haven’t already, head to the Polartec Facebook Page and ‘Like’ us. If you are so inclined, hop over to Revo’s Facebook page and show your support for their sustainable efforts as well with a “Like”.
2) Find this giveaway post on the Polartec Facebook page
3) In a comment below the post, tell us: If you could “recycle” one outdoor style from the past and bring it back into fashion, what would it be?

We will choose a winner at random on Friday April 22-Earth Day- at 12pm MST.

Disclaimer:We only have the Warmlight in a Men’s medium in Navy, and the Thrive in black with graphite lenses. No exchanges are available.

Thanks and good luck!

There’s a New Sheriff In Town-NeoShell Beats Gore-Tex

We have been updating you on all of the awards that NeoShell has won this year and we are proud to say that the hits just keep on comin’. In the May issue of Popular Science magazine, the top breathable fabrics from both brands were put to the test and Polartec came out on top.

And it goes a little somethin’ like this- “For 35 years, Gore-Tex has dominated the market for waterproof, breathable fabrics, but this spring it has some competition. Textile maker, Polartec, has developed its own waterproof, breathable fabric that threatens to trump Gore-Tex’s latest. We put both through the wringer to see which stands out.”

The Rab Stretch Neo Jacket with Polartec NeoShell went head to head with Millet’s Trilogy Limited GTX with Gore-Tex Active Shell.

The Results: (drum roll please)-”All four testers consistently felt more comfortable in the 17oz Polartec shell, despite the Gore-Tex jacket being 3oz heavier. Testers had to physically air out the Gore-Tex jacket by unzipping its armit vents, whereas sweat evaporated quickly out of the ventless Polartec.”

Needless to say, we are thrilled at the review and it’s a great Monday at Polartec.


Putting Power Shield Pro to the Ultimate Test

Sari and her race partner Pete Gaston happy to be home in Aspen

The Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a 40-mile backcountry ski race that starts at midnight in Crested Butte and finishes in Aspen, CO. When it comes to fabrics and layering, there’s no better test for warmth, weather protection and breathabilty. Every year racers invariably have to contend with sub-freezing temperatures, howling winds and whiteout snow conditions, combined with brutally long, sweaty climbs followed by bone-chilling descents.

This past weekend, Polartec Athlete Advisory Board member, Sari Anderson made history at the race, finishing as one of two women on the podium for the first time in the event’s 14-year history. Sari is a professional adventure racer, mountain biker and ski mountaineer and this year’s race put all her skills to the test. You can read her full race recap here, but the condensed version is that she raced super-strong – breaking trail through over a foot of fresh snow for the lead teams for miles on end. She and her partner finished in third place overall, in just over nine hours.

One thing Sari didn’t have to worry about at this year’s race was her layering system. Here’s an excerpt from her race report:

Sari breaking trail along Richmond Ridge

Overall, my set-up performed beautifully, but there were a couple of standouts. First of all, I wore an awesome new jacket from Patagonia called the Knifeblade. It’s a minimalistic, anorak-style jacket made from Polartec Power Shield Pro – essentially a lightweight pullover softshell. While I watched almost everyone in the race shed layers on the climbs and then layer up for the descents, I never took the Knifeblade off. It kept me warm and completely dry while it snowed for the first few hours of the race, but breathed well enough so I didn’t overheat once the sun finally came out. Full disclosure – I’m on the Polartec Athlete Advisory Board – but this truly was the best aerobic outerlayer I’ve ever tried.

Another truly impressive bit of gear for this race were my gloves. My friend Doug Heinrich, the glove product director at Black Diamond, sent me a pair of Impulse gloves (made from Polartec Power Shield) to try and they were awesome. I wore them the entire race and my hands never got too hot nor cold.

Congratulations to Sari!

The Patagonia Knifeblade jacket, available in August 2011.

Sari with her daughter at the finish line.