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APEX Awards Reveal 2017/18 Outerwear Trends

From breathable insulation to high-loft fleece, the annual APEX Awards recognize innovation in the category of apparel and outerwear, each designed with fabrics and materials from sponsor Polartec.

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From breathable insulation to performance layers, the annual APEX Awards recognize innovation in apparel and outerwear designed with fabrics and materials from the brand Polartec. The 2017 winners take wearable design to a new height. (See full details at the Polartec APEX Awards page.)

Adidas Terrex Agravic Jacket

Hybrid construction creates a new kind of wind jacket. The outer layer is a durable Pertex Quantum fabric, while the front is insulated with Polartec Alpha for lightweight, breathable warmth.


Designer: Tim Maud


Material: Polartec Alpha


More info here.

Arc'teryx Nyara Wrap

With “the appearance of a premium sweatshirt,” the Nyara is made of soft Polartec fleece. It works as a casual layering piece or light technical activities where style counts.


Designer: Edita Hadravska


Material: Polartec Thermal Pro

Blackyak Combat Shirt

A hybrid mid-layer, this shirt was developed for use during intense activity, training and expeditions. It’s built using a combination of Polartec fleece and Cordura materials for breathability, warmth, wicking, and abrasion-resistance in the field.


Designer: David Randall


Material: Polartec Power Grid


More info here.

Fox Racing Attack Pro Jersey

The body-cooling properties of Polartec Delta fabric serve as the base for this bike-centric top. Cordura is incorporated for abrasion resistance on the sleeves.


Designer: Jake Theno


Material: Polartec Delta

Mountain Hardwear Atherm Hooded Jacket

Weather-resistance and a temperature-regulating breathable design make the Atherm a versatile top. The brand incorporates three different Polartec materials to build a wear-anywhere jacket.


Designers: Dave Mertes, Steve Adams


Material: Polartec Alpha and High Loft


More info here.

Norrøna lofoten Alpha Jacket

Stretchy cuffs, a goggle wipe, and other features come standard on this made-for-mountains piece. But its use of multiple Polartec materials result in a unique insulated jacket with breathable, air-permeable characteristics and a weather-resistant face.


DesignerNorrøna RD&D department


Material: Polartec Power Shield Pro and Alpha


More info here.

Oiselle Flyout Line

A tank, short-sleeve and long-sleeve top create a line Oiselle calls ” HoverFit.” That name is a nod toward the Polartec Delta used, a cooling fabric with a special fiber and yarn construction made to enhance the body’s natural evaporative cooling process.


Designer: Nelle Horsley


Material: Polartec Delta


More info here.

P1G-Tac FRS Delta

Designed for use with body armor, the made-for-military (and law enforcement) FRS-DELTA helps manage moisture in hot conditions while increasing airflow to reduce friction against skin. Shoulder pads and material on the back to protect against body armor and backpacks make this a niche piece for the tactical crowd.


Designers281Z Development Group


Material: Polartec Delta


More info here.

Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket

A new knit version of NeoShell fabric was employed on this handsome, versatile jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable, stretchy, and classic-looking anywear outdoors.


Designer: Nick Kemp


Material: Polartec NeoShell


More info here.

Burton Minturn Hooded Full-Zip Fleece

Made to fit under a snowboard jacket (or worn alone), this midweight fleece layer was built for the slopes. It has a shearling finish, low-profile side and underam panels, and a helmet-compatible hood.


Material: Polartec Thermal Pro

Citera Neocity-65 Jkt

NeoShell is known as a highly breathable and waterproof fabric. Citera found the fabric suitable for activity, and also a “desirable material for more casual usage with its soft touch” and a modern, urban aesthetic.


Designer: Naoki Ei


Material: Polartec NeoShell


More info here.

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