Polartec Announces 2010 APEX Award Winners

If you own any cold weather outdoor gear, chances are something you have includes Polartec fabrics. For years, Polartec has been on the leading edge of innovating new products that help to keep us warm in anything from a cool autumn day to extreme arctic conditions. Their materials are so good in fact, that a host of gear manufacturers incorporate them into their designs, and Polartec annually recognizes some of the best uses of their fabrics with their APEX design awards.

This year’s North American APEX award winners include the following:

• Mountain Mama Fairview Wrap Jacket – Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• REI Lightweight MTS Baselayer for men and women – Polartec® Power Dry®
• Patagonia Women’s R3 Hi-Loft Hoody – Polartec® Thermal Pro® and Polartec® Power Stretch®
• Vaute Couture, Inc. Vaute Coat – Polartec® Wind Pro®
• Sealy Embody™ By Sealy Collection – Polartec® Body Climate®
• US Army/ADS Tactical/Peckham Vocational Flame Resistant Environmental Ensemble (FREE) – Polartec® Thermal FR®
• Canada Goose Tremblant Pullover- Polartec® Power Shield® O2
• Arc’teryx Alpha SV Glove Liner – Polartec® Wind Pro®
• Marmot Variant Jacket – Polartec® Power Stretch®
• The North Face Kishtwar Jacket – Polartec® Power Shield® Pro
• Under Armour 2010 US Olympic Freestyle Team Audio Hoody – Polartec® Wind Pro®
• True North Dragonfur® Job Shirt – Polartec® Thermal FR®

The European APEX award winners for 2010 include some great gear as well. That list includes the following:

• Flower Gloves Ultimate Firefighter Suit – Polartec® Power Dry® FR
• Montura SuperNova – Polartec® Power Shield® Pro
• Eider Power Pro Jacket – Polartec® Power Shield® Pro
• Ternua Whales & Kids – Polartec® Classic 300 recycled
• Montura Scalda Muscalo – Polartec® Power Shield®
• Trangoworld Axial Woman Trouser – Polartec® Power Shield®
• Vaude Baltoro Pant – Polartec® Power Shield®
• Colmar MD 9312 Women’s Full Zip Tecnofleece – Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• Wild Roses L-Maloja PD Shirt – Polartec® Power Dry® High Efficiency
• Ternua Identity – Polartec® Power Stretch®
• Sweet Protection REDLINE Jacket – Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• Norrøna trollvegen warm2 fleece jacket – Polartec® Thermal Pro®

If you’re in the market for some new cold weather gear, you could do worse than any of these items. Where I’m at, we’re suppose to hit 95ºF (35ºC) today, so it is hard to think about the need for cold weather gear, but this is the best of the best, and it seems like winter is always just a few months away. 😉

Kraig Becker