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Artilect’s New Stretch Hoodie Goes to Extremes

In a move Artilect said marries high-performing ingredients with real sustainability, the outdoor brand has introduced its new Divide Fusion Stretch Hoody for men and women.

Setting this jacket apart is the use of Allied Feather + Down‘s new ExpeDRY Down Insulation and Green Theme Technology‘s PFAS- and water-free durable water repellent (DWR) finish.

Allied’s ExpeDRY is treated with gold nanoparticles to evaporate moisture faster, keeping the ethically sourced, renewable and biodegradable down insulation performing in any environment. Green Theme’s DWR uses no PFAS “forever chemicals” for performance or water for application.

The Divide Fusion Stretch Hoodie exemplifies Artilect’s approach to technical apparel design–integrating new materials for performance and sustainability, and offering the next level of moisture management and thermoregulation as a standalone product and optimized when used together with other pieces of Artilect’s A/SYS technical apparel system.

With the Divide Fusion Stretch, Artilect is the first brand to integrate the breakthrough Allied Feather + Down ExpeDRY Ultra Dry Down featuring Fuze technology–gold nanoparticles applied to down clusters that create an active-drying chemical free alternative to hydrophobic-treated down.

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“This project has been at the top of our priorities and in development for years,” said Daniel Uretsky, president of Los Angeles-based Allied Feather + Down. “Not because it might help someone summit an 8,000-meter peak faster, but because it will make down more accessible to more people. We almost thought the project impossible until our partnership with Fuze. Using their incredibly knowledgeable and unique approach to innovation and dedication to sustainability, we are finally able to realize our quick-drying product. This is a potential game changer for the European market that relies on condenser dryers, which have always made down difficult to care for and dry properly.”

The Divide also features moisture-resistant Lavalan Sport European Wool, breathable Toray 20-denier, four-way stretch woven nylon fabric treated with Green Theme Technology’s Empel PFAS- and water-free DWR, and the center front zip features a YKK Touchlink zipper powered by the Lifekey software platform, an advanced technology that enhances product functionality and adds various opt-in safety features.

“Working with Allied on long-term sustainability goals and other exciting product developments allowed us to come across an interesting new area of study where we find that gold nanoparticles significantly increase the evaporation rate of water,” Andrew Peterson, chief technology officer of Fuze Biotech, said. “This technology has exciting implications that extend far beyond the apparel industry.”

The hoodie is available for women in sizes XS-XL and men in XS-XXL at artilect.studio and in specialty retail locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The Divide Fusion Stretch Hoodie sells for $380.