Textile Insight

November / December 2017

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28 • Textile Insight ~ November/December 2017 textileinsight.com IN THE STUDIO estination races have runners packing their bags for events like the Walt Disney World Marathon, Portland's Run Like Hell races and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. Hoping to avoid checking a bag, consumers are looking for options in footwear, apparel, acces- sories and gear that are adaptable, packable and feature technologies including anti-wrinkle, anti-static and odor-free for travel and post-race activities. Here, options for pieces that crossover from the outdoor world designed for fun, stress-free experiences. Apparel When skier, trail runner and adventurer Christy Mahon travels, she often grabs Stio's Pinion Down Vest with lightweight, abrasion-resistant Pertex Quantum and Allied's 800-fill HyperDry water- repellent down "to keep my core warm," she said, adding that after a long run, "it's a perfect reward for hard work." The vest can be perfectly paired with Stio's streamlined Pinedale Pant with comfortable, stretchy softshell fabric and articulated knees. For on-the-ground activity, RYU's Vapor Long Sleeve Top has engineered mesh zones for cooling, as well as Polygiene technology for odor control and built-in UPF 50+. La Sportiva's Medea T-Shirt also features Polygiene, as well as body-mapped compression, a seamless con- struction for chafe-free comfort and reflective detailing for safety. Perfect for layering, the Breeze VNT Tank from Mountain Hardwear is moisture-wicking and contains engineered perforations for breathability. Pacsafe's Transit Hoodie and Pant provide great details for traveling comfort, including a RFIDsafe pocket for passport and wallet, a hood designed to act as a pull-down eye mask for sleeping and several icon-labeled pockets depicting where things like headphones, glasses and pens are hidden. Footwear & Accessories For professional runner and coach David Roche, the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is his "set it and forget it shoe – every day, everywhere, every run." The cushy, fast shoe "can handle any terrain with plenty of action," Roche said, noting that the shoe has a a sup- portive, surefooted fit. Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich relies upon the equally trek-worthy Keen Terradora Mid for her adventures. "Whether I'm going for a walk in the park by my house in the city or hiking up a 3,000-foot rocky peak, it makes my footwear decision simple," she said. Nestled in the brand's TrailFit category (bridging the gym and mountains), Terradora has a narrower last for women's specific fit and a proprietary waterproof, breathable membrane to let vapor out without letting water in. Chaco's Z/Cloud sandals have adjustable straps (easy for removal at the airport) and a podiatrist-certified poly- urethane footbed for all-day comfort, along with a performance ChacoGrip rubber outsole that is optimized for wet traction. Borrowed from the sailing world, Costa's Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses are designed for low- light conditions (dawn, dusk, clouds), allowing in 30 percent of the light while still maintaining a 97 percent polarization efficiency. The lenses also contain a C-Wall coating, which causes water to bead up and roll off for smudge-free wearing. Hydrolite rubber on the nose and temples optimizes face gripping even when the wearer is wet or sweaty. Meanwhile, Buff's UV Multifunctional Headband offers thermal efficiency, built-in sun protection and moisture wicking with CoolMax Pro. The headbands feature a seamless construction and Polygiene Active odor control. Gear "As a business owner, CrossFit athlete and someone who is always on the go, the 5.11 Rush72 backpack is perfect to store the essentials. I use it every day as a workout bag, a way to carry my laptop around, along with note-taking gear, journals and whatever book I'm currently reading – and it's outstanding for multi-day trips and events," noted Taylor Drescher, a CrossFit Games athlete. 5.11's bag is designed to be a 72-hour bag with water-repellent coat- ing, an internal hydration compartment and yoke shoulder strap construction. Eagle Creek's Weekend Warrior Gear Kit ensures maximum organization in its carry-on with Pack-It items that compress clothing and gear, along with a CoatKeeper, which secures a jacket on top of the bag and pockets for laptops and electronics. Avid runner and communications manager for Thule, Chris Ritchie, favors the Thule Subterra Duffel 60L "so I have access to all my day-to-day gear on top, racing stuff in another side pocket and goo in the front pocket – all separated." The bag also features an accessory pocket that can be accessed from inside and out, making it simple to grab a passport or wallet without opening the entire bag. Internal compression straps keep belongings in place and organized. O Pacsafe Transit Hoodie & Pant Globetrotting Products Ideally Suited for Today's Version of "Distance" Running. By Suzanne Blecher

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