Monday, January 25, 2016

OLD SCHOOL STYLE NEW SCHOOL FABRICS: OR Winter 2016/17

Part 5

ADIDAS, THE NORTH FACE, COTOPAXI

Lightweight, functional high performance wear---for a variety of activities...including the everyday kind that doesn't challenge or try to "conquor' the outdoors-wearers are just in it.

ADIDAS TERREX AGRAVIC PRIMALOFT JACKET jacket...has that elastic cuffs on sleeves/hem of varsity-bomber jackets that been around for dozens of years BUT-all 21st century state of the art everything else...  weather tough Pertex Quantum® GL- DWR lightweight strong fabric holds in Primaloft Gold (80g) insulation allow for durability, stretch and warmth. Interesting color too....and that stitch pattern made from reflective yarn providing 360º of visibility!!!!   With pack it pocket. Men's version joined now with women's ($299)-new for F/W 2016.
AHHHH....Adidas Outdoors-Gym Wear-harks back to the fab 80s tracksuits with the iconic double side stripes.  Surprised more of the outdoors collection does not incorporate this signature 'logo'...
HYBRID shirt jackets...
North Face's Kingston Thermoball™ Shacket...shirt/jacket combo-piece has got city streets cred-a nod to CPO dark navy wool USA Navy inspired shirts our parental units favored but at a fraction of the weight AND warm(er) when wet insulation than down-with comparable loft+compressibility....a synthetic lining in partnership with Primaloft®...the box chain stitching keeps it all in place without shifting around...joins vest, hoodie, and jacket all ready available-plus bluesign® certified fabric, side zip pockets...stuff the whole thing into 
COTOPAXI= fairly new company that embraces elegant durable design with new age biz model-granting funds to in a well defined social mission to drive social change (alleviate poverty, provide education grants impoverished communities etc)- being the first company in the USA to incorporate as a benefit corporation from inception and then receive venture capital.  ECO-and fair-practices and processes-in the charter. ALSO very nifty-llama fiber insulation-refs the logo. KUSA men's Shirt...lightweight llama-fleece insulation, snap front placket and classic button up style...hybrid shirt jacket.

COTOPAXI KUSA BOMBER -comes in men's + women's-classic flight jacket silhouette, ribbed detailing, and lightweight llama fiber insulation...timeless functional...keeper.




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