Tuesday, February 3, 2015

COOL GADGETS Outdoor Retailer F/W 2015-NUDOWN Outerwear

Mt. Whitney Vest-w/ moisture wicking Bamboo/Charcoal Mesh

Like  our recent visit to the cool gadgets laden International Consumer Electronics Tradeshow---stuff aimed at the outdoorsy crowd also serves up inventive ways to make time-in this case- under the open skies -fabulously tricked out with technology.

Apparel usually gets its cutting edge performance features via the textiles used-and design features…generally speaking.

Women's Squaw Peak Vest-adjustable silicone gripper waist…keeps cold out-Primaloft Gold collar insulation, Polartec WindPro insert panels, 
But as humans who switch out our layers (basic, mid, jacket/coat) every 10 degrees F.----we were beyond intrigued with NuDown "…the future of warmthpersonalized climate control..." outerwear specialist that counts on patent pending-proprietary technology----to manufacture jackets/vests capable of customizable levels of insulation via a pocket-hidden air pump that inflates-with compressed air- (more warmth) and deflates (less warmth)…dubbed NuTech.

Moisture wicking Bamboo/Charcoal
HUH-curious as to how that happened-until we walked into the booth and an immediate lightening bulb went off---as prior coverage of KLYMIT…a company with similar inflatable stuff (via argon gas)…convinced us that this way to layer up-works…PLUS real test results...

NuDown jackets and vests were tested at the Institute for Environmental Research (k-­‐ state.edu/ier/), the renowned thermal research facility at Kansas State University and were awarded the best Clo (Clothing Insulation Value) warmth-­‐to-­‐weight ratio in comparison to similar fit and function down jackets and vests. 

Tallac Jacket--Poalrtec Neoshell waterproof-breathable stretch, Primaloft Gold insulation hoof, sleeves+collar, velcro adjustable cuffs-adjsutable waist= keep cold out, plenty pockets including ski pass+pper sleeve audio pocket, powder skirt w/ silicone gripper elastic, pit zips, one hand -adjustable helmet compatible-removable hood-RECCO enabled 
NOTE: not cheap-def. towards the high-end of outerwear pieces we have reviewed--brands like Canada Goose…with the 6 pieces offered priced to deliver retail at $400-$600.
Squaw Peak Jacket…(W-Squaw Peak too ) velcro cuffs keep cold out, Polartec Powershield laminate w/ micro-grid fleece-Primaloft Gold-sleeves, collar, hood, removable+adjustable helmet compatible hood, plenty of pockets, pit zips +windproof-waterproof DWR w/ mechanical stretch for movers-RECCO avalanche rescue tech.

AND accordingly-the NuDown items that we saw-had stylish design elements---delivering in several colors-and of course-the high performance features we expect from primo outdoor jackets/vests…LIKE… 

...double slider waterproof YKK zips, critically taped seams, breathable, moisture wicking liners-(some bamboo charcoal-anti-odor=neat), Polartec (Neoshell, Powershield, WindPro) stretchy nylon outer layers (body mapped for ease of movement-insulation where needed)plus its own DNA-garments that retain loft in any weather conditions (Primaloft Gold weather tough synthetic insulation where the air isn't) and custom welding process that creates dynamic air chamberthat interestingly-can be extremely insulated via a lightweight Argon Gas Insulation upgrade kit $39 (3 canisters Argon gas-colorless, odorless, nonflammable+non-toxic so we presume TSA ok !?!?!?---plus recyclable inflator valve).

FYI: fitting a high tech-Silicon Valley guy heads up the company=Jeff Pickett
Mount Tallac Jacket-similar properties as guys

Delivering for Fall 2015…Men+Women sizes XS-XL
Bottom line-like tech hardware companies with APPLE envy-maybe NuDown will conjure up similar insulation jealousies…cruel-free too.