Apparel

From performance and high-tech to lifestyle & outdoor ‘fashion’ clothing, for men and women.

Backcountry Cairn Fleece

Backcountry.com, an online retailer of outdoors equipment, launched an in-house line of technical outerwear earlier this year, including the Cairn Fleece Jacket, a $110 model I've been testing for two months. Made of Polartec Thermal Pro fleece, the Cairn has a unique look and feel, its exterior face a rough weave of lines and micro corrugation. Read More...

April 11, 2007

Backcountry.com Cairn Fleece Jacket

Fleece jackets hover in a mushy middle ground between waterproof-and-breathable shells and sturdy workaday wool sweaters. They're warm enough for nice sunny winter days, but too airy when the wind really blows. Read More...

March 16, 2007

Schoeller’s “c_change”

Schoeller Textil AG is up to some whacky fabric engineering, again. . . For what it’s worth, Schoeller Textil AG, a Swiss textile company, is the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation of the Year for a “bionic climate membrane” called c_change. (Frost & Sullivan is a consulting company.) c_change, […] Read More...

December 12, 2006

Puffy Down Jackets

Before hip-hop stars started wearing them climbers, skiers and other hard cores depended on these quilted coats in the outdoors. Read More...

December 8, 2006

Best Merino Wool Base Layers

Just a couple years back, it was hard to find quality winter-weather base layers made of anything but polypropylene. But the tide has turned, and this year wool is the fabric of choice for more than a dozen outdoors apparel companies. Read More...

January 31, 2006

Outdoor Research Zealot jacket

For warm summer rains, the Zealot will feel clammy. And for the coldest winter days, the thin shell may feel a bit paltry, no matter how much fleece and polypro you’ve layered underneath. But for most conditions, the jacket nails a nice middle ground of being light, breathable, wind-proof and capable of keeping all the elements at bay. Read More...

September 24, 2005

Ex Officio Buzz Off clothing

I have a friend who has suffered the ill effects of Lyme disease. It's a long, horrible and draining sickness that I would not wish on an enemy, and since this person's diagnosis I've been doubly conscious of the small dangers in the woods. Read More...

July 23, 2005

Schoeller NanoSphere magic fabric

The stretchy, nylon-based fabric used in the making of the Cloudveil Switchback jacket is designed to mimic the smooth shell of a beetle. It also takes cues from cabbage leaves and insect wings, and it is coated with millions upon millions of infinitesimal grains of silicon. Read More...

May 6, 2005

Performance apparel — CW-X, Under Armour

Clothing of the future will do much more for athletes than simply protect from the elements and regulate body temperature. Precise fit, ergonomic alignment, muscle support and other anatomical advantages will be default features in new breeds of performance-enhancing apparel. Read More...

April 6, 2005

Ibex wool clothing – Best Wool Base Layers

In a world of Lycra, nylon, Spandex and polypropylene, a fabric as age-old as wool can seem obsolete. But sheep fuzz is making a comeback in outdoor circles as its natural characteristics are seeing new appreciation from outerwear designers. Read More...

January 12, 2005

Best Wool Base Layers – Icebreaker, Ibex, DuoFold & Louis Garneau

I give myself the right to be particularly picky about products as close and intimate as base layer clothing. Long johns, skivvies, union suits, long underwear -- whatever you want to call them -- must be well-fitting and comfortable. For outdoor athletes, they must also strike a perfect balance of breathability and insulation. Read More...

January 11, 2005

RailRiders Eco-Mesh Shirt

Morocco's annual Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 150-mile solo race through the Sahara Desert. It's among the world's most extreme endurance events. Temperatures have reached 125 degrees some years, and it's an unsupported race so you have to carry all water and supplies in a backpack. Read More...

March 17, 2004
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