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Polartec Awarded These Key Brands for Product Innovation

Polartec has announced the 11 winners of its 2017 Apex Awards, recognizing the smartest uses of innovative Polartec fabrics.

The company said as a textile solutions provider, it works closely with apparel companies in a range of markets around the world and sees many well-designed functional and unique garments, and every year finds a few that stand out from the rest.

The majority of the winners named are making outerwear.

Adidas won for its Terrex Agravic Alpha hooded shield jacket, which features a hybrid construction of durable Pertex Quantum fabric on the outer layer and a front insulated with Polartec Alpha for lightweight, breathable warmth in low temperatures. The Nyara Wrap from Arc’teryx was also named, with its soft fleece wrap made from a new version of Polartec Thermal Pro fabric, which has the appearance of a premium sweatshirt, created from a specially engineered​ combination ​of polyester for lightweight, quick-drying warmth and durability, and natural Tencel lyocell for a more casual aesthetic.

Also on the winners list, was the Burton Minturn hooded full-zip fleece is a midweight fleece layer built with riding in mind. Cut from Polartec Classic fleece with a shearling finish, it features low-profile side and underarm panels for a more streamlined fit under a snowboard jacket, and it’s substantial enough to be worn on its own. Additional features include a helmet-compatible hood, zippered handwarmer pockets and a drop-tail hem. Citera’s Neocity-65 jacket uses Polartec NeoShell for a year-round practical style that’s waterproof, with stretch and comfort throughout the widest range of conditions, and also made the list.

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Polartec said Mountain Hardwear’s Atherm hooded jacket offers a combination of weather-resistance and temperature regulating breathable technology, made with a hybrid construction of three different Polartec technologies, to decrease the need to add or shed layers. Norrona Iofoten’s Power Shield Pro Alpha jacket, which provides air permeable weather protection with insulation and high breathability, was also named for its innovation. The outer fabric is made of a laminated Polartec Power Shield Pro woven nylon with a Polartec Alpha insulation lining. Also on the list, the Taylor Stitch Hawkins jacket is made from a new knit version of Polartec NeoShell, which provides increased stretch and freedom of movement without compromising durability, offering a new level of comfort in a waterproof fabric.

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In tops, BlackYak’s combat shirt is a hybrid mid-layer developed for use during intense activity, training and expeditions. It uses a combination of Polartec Power Grid fleece and Cordura 4-way stretch materials on the back and abrasion-prone areas and large mesh expander chest pockets.

The Fox Attack Pro Jersey employs a hybrid construction of Polartec Delta cooling fabric in the body and Cordura for increased abrasion resistance on the sleeves. The garment’s “Rider Attack Position” fit ensures a precise fit on the bike. Oiselle Flyout’s Delta Collection of tops is made from Polartec Delta cooling fabric, a special fiber and yarn construction engineered to enhance the body’s natural evaporative cooling process.

Rounding out the winners is P1G-TAC FRS Delta made from Polartec Delta cooling fabric and designed for use with body armor for military, law enforcement and other tactical uses. It features shoulder pads, a sleeve lining to protect arms from falls, and a lining on the back to protect against body armor and backpacks.