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Bernice Notenboom, Polartec Challenge winner, summits Everest!

May 26, 2009

Bernice2Polartec sends a hearty congratulations to Bernice Notenboom, one of the recipients of a 2009 Polartec Challenge Grant, who just summitted Everest yesterday! Bernice posted a gripping satellite dispatch from Everest, complete with the story of a rescue, a white-out storm, a dead body and a 17-year sherpa’s first summit.  From Bernice’s satellite phone dispatch:

“Yesterday morning May 24th, at 7.30 AM I reached the summit of Everest. Only two of our team made it up and two sherpas, one who was only 17 years old and now the youngest sherpa to summit. The climb did not come easy. At 10 pm, it was extremely windy at 8000 m, at the souh col and in our tent and the sherpas refuse to go. Except two of our sherpas who were eager to get their summit bonus. So in 60 km/hr winds at 10 pm we set off, the first party to go for the night. Around 11 pm in the triangle, the wind suddenly stopped. Just before the balcony we found a half-dead American who had run out of oxygen, rapped off and fell. He did not know how long he had been there but he had taken off his gloves and down jacket, a sure sign of hypothermia. His frozen hands and feet were unusable. We radioed for a sherpa to get him down, gave him heat packs, food and hot drinks before we continued up to the summit.

On the way to the South Summit the weather changed, clouds moved in and the wind picked up. Are we losing our one day window already? For the next days bad weather was forecasted with 100 km/hr and worse conditions, perhaps the monsoon has arrived. At the south summit at 8700 m my oxygen mask froze up, the intake for fresh air did not work. Panic. I had less air in my mask then when I took my mask off at this elevation. The ice inside was so thick, it had to get hacked out with a ice axe and this I did not know till we were back at the balcony. I summited Everest in gasping for thin air, in a snow storm and wind. It was not a good day for summit photos! The descend was painful due to low visibility and tiredness; in one day from camp 3 to camp 4, rest a few hours and continue. After 30 hours, I collapsed and somewhere in the middle of the night my oxygen run out because I woke up empty at 8000m. Descending down in vicious wind, the weather changed and we got lucky. Sagarmatha gave us an opportunity and maybe Lhapka kept an eye on us! Despite the challenges, I am super stoked that I did it, perserve the challenges. We are in camp 2 now, one more time through the icefall and then safe in basecamp. I will update this tomorrow with some images.”

The South Col and South Summit of Everest

The South Col and South Summit of Everest

Read more here.


Polartec Recognized by Time Magazine as a “Company with a Conscience”

May 4, 2009

time_may_09_cover1Time Magazine’s Style and Design issue has included Polartec in its ‘Green Design 100 – The People and Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Design.’

Polartec is listed as a “Company with a Conscience” because of its use of recycled fabrics. In 2009 over 25% of Polartec’s total production will be from recycled materials, saving the energy equivalent of over 38 million pounds of carbon dioxide.




Gear Junkie Gets High on Polartec

March 17, 2009

gearjunkie-logoStephen Regenold, the Gear Junkie, has a terrific write-up on three different jackets featuring Polartec fabrics on the Outside Blog today. Check out his review of the Shift Welder with Power Shield®, the 66 Degrees North Mosfell with Thermal Pro® and the Arc’teryx Gamma SV with Polartec Power Shield® here.

French Skier Julien Lizeroux in Polartec

February 16, 2009


For several years, Polartec has teamed up with Vuarnet to support the French Ski Federation. Polartec is the official supplier of the team’s apres race wear.  Yesterday, hometown favorite Julien Lizeroux from the French team won a silver medal in the men’s slalom race at the 2009 World Alpine Ski Championship in Val D’Isere.

Click the link below to hear Julien’s post-race interview, where he’s prominently wearing a custom jacket made from Polartec® Windpro® with Hardface.

Julien Lizeroux interview on Eurosport (in French).

Not so Covert

February 6, 2009

covertThe Arc’teryx Covert has been around for a couple of seasons now, but it remains one of our favorite Polartec garments.  Featuring warm, but lightweight Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabric, the Covert is popular because it’s so versatile. It works great as an active midlayer or a warm day outerlayer for skiing, biking, hiking….whatever. But mostly, I see people wearing it as a simple but stylish sweater at work, out to dinner, etc.

The Gear Junkie’s Ryan Dionne has this review of the Covert. Ryan is from Boulder where I’ve seen people were Arc’teryx like it’s their uniform. Ryan was no exception and apparently, he’s barely taken it off in the past three months. Good thing the Covert is machine washable!

Garment Spotlight – natureVsfuture

December 22, 2008

naturevsfutureFor most people, the name Polartec conjures up images of warm fleece jackets from Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear and other major outdoor clothing brands.

Brooklyn fashion designer Nina Vallenti had other ideas for Polartec when she launched her company, naturevsfuture six years ago: high fashion that is functional and sustainable.

Case in point: the naturevsfuture Fleece Zip Up Jacket.

As the Tastemaker Diaries points out, the jacket is, “made from recycled Polartec® fleece, a combination of yarn crafted from PCP post-consumer plastic (soda bottles) and PIR post-industrial materials (scraps of fabric and yarn leftovers). This jacket is perfect for art openings, job interviews, and getting wined and dined by someone who’s really worth it.”

Check out the full line of naturevsfuture garments. They’ve got a really beautiful little black dress made from recycled Polartec fabric, some cool sweaters and yoga tops too.

Not all fleece is created equal

December 11, 2008

msnbc_logoYesterday, posted an interesting story entitled “7 Tips to Stay Warm and Save Dough” by their gadget guy, Paul Hochman.

In the story, Hochman says:

Fleece is a commodity. Fleece is fleece!
Nobody makes fleece that’s better than anybody else’s. In fact, Polartec in Lawrence, Mass., makes most of it for most brands. On their Web site, they list 45 different companies who use their fleece. If you have old fleece, it’s as good as new fleece. And fleece is great because it “wicks” moisture away from your skin, quickly. A very light, thin layer of fleece is great next to your skin.

Hochman is correct about the terrific wicking properties of fleece, but we know that not all fleece is created equal. Polartec invented modern synthetic fleece 20 years ago and today hundreds of clothing manufacturers use Polartec fabric in thousands of different garments. Yet, there are also many cheap fleece knock-off fabrics out there. A $20 fleece vest or sweater from Old Navy or the Gap will pill easily and the fabric will degrade dramatically, reducing the insulation benefits. Polartec fleece is designed with the latest technology to be durable, warm, lightweight, breathable and long-lasting.

Polartec also produces much more than just fleece. Over ten years ago, Polartec teamed up with Arc’teryx to help usher in the ‘softshell revolution.’ Today Polartec makes fabrics that range from breathable baselayers to cableknit sweaters. Polartec also offers natural and synthetic fiber combinations – really cool polyester and wool blends, for example.

Mr. Hochman’s story about staying warm in winter has lots of great tips, but it’s critical to check the label on the garments to ensure you’re getting the quality and performance of Polartec!

Polartec in the NY Times

December 4, 2008

new-york-times-logo2Polartec was recently featured in the New York Times. The regular Physical Culture section in last Thursday’s paper included a gear test of “eco-friendly fabrics.” Our own Nate Simmons is quoted in the intro, talking about Polartec’s 15-year history making recycled fabrics.stretchvelocity The gear test included a review of the Patagonia Stretch Velocity Zip, a terrific mid-layer with 65% recycled polyester fabric, made from plastic bottles and industrial yarn scraps. The tester loved the Patagonia pullover, describing it as, “the perfect garment for me.”

Check out the NY Times review in this cool slideshow.

Chuck Norris’ Ninja R1 Hoody

November 19, 2008

40071_746The Patagonia R1 Hoody is the perfect baselayer or light mid-layer for climbing, skiing, winter running, and much more. The R1 Hoody features 60% recycled Polartec® Power Dry® fabric so it wicks moisture to keep you warm and dry, it’s super breathable and it’s highly compressible and lightweight. With its classic, minimalist styling, we’ve also spotted lots of people wearing the R1 as a casual pullover/sweater around town and in the office.

gearfloggerlogoThe GearFlogger up in AK also apparently spotted Chuck Norris wearing the R1 Hoodie. The R1 must go great with Chuck’s Action Jeans. Read more here.

Business Week on Patagonia Recycling

November 11, 2008

Back in 1993, Polartec partnered with Patagonia to create the world’s first recycled polyester fleece layer, the Synchilla. To create the fleece, Polartec sourced a polyester yarn manufactured from a combination of post-consumer recycled content (plastic soda bottles) and post-industrial waste (yarn scraps).

patagonia-synchillaToday, Patagonia’s line of Synchilla pullovers, jackets and vests are still some of the company’s most popular garments. Over the years Polartec and Patagonia have also grown their partnership to create recycled fabrics for dozens of other garments, from baselayers to jackets.

In 2005, Patagonia launched the global Common Threads program in an effort to “close the loop” on its recycling efforts. Through this program customers can return their worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers to Patagonia for recycling. Polartec and Patagonia then further collaborated to expand the list of recyclable garments to include Polartec® fleece clothing from ANY manufacturer.

businessweek_logoCheck out this interesting article in Business Week about the Patagonia Common Threads garment recycling program.