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Due to go on sale as part of MONTANE®’s Autumn / Winter 2013 range, the Alpha Guide Jacket has been designed to give effective insulation to the core body whilst leaving the arms free from restrictions. Utilising POLARTEC®’s unique new Alpha® insulation as its fill, this hybrid jacket is not so much a piece of clothing, rather a piece of climbing equipment.
POLARTEC Alpha is the latest evolutionary step in synthetic insulation. It is a highly stable layer allowing for the use of more open and breathable fabrics on the outer and inner layers of insulative garments. Its open, woven construction combines warmth with hyper breathability, whilst at the same time being extremely compressible. POLARTEC Alpha's effective moisture vapour transportation characteristics combined with quick drying times help to keep the wearer comfortable, dry and focused, recovering well even after a downpour.
On the Alpha Guide Jacket, POLARTEC Alpha is encased in PERTEX® Microlight Stretch fabric, which provides high wind resistance and the stretch needed for climbing movement. Mt. Thermo X Stretch fabric is used in the arms, shoulders and arms to complete the jacket. A plethora of technical features, such as a stretch hood that can fit comfortably under a climbing helmet, thumb loops and a two way YKK zip to allow easy access to climbing or rucksack harness, make this a truly formidable jacket.
The Alpha Guide Jacket was selected for the POLARTEC Apex Award on the basis of its style, function, workmanship and the innovative use of POLARTEC Alpha. This award is presented to designers and companies that make the most of POLARTEC® based products to expand the limits of what fabric can do.
For further information on the POLARTEC Apex Awards please visit: http://www.polartec.com/apex-awards/
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