Winter gear required – working day

Working day with quad bike in high mountain range

We can hardly believe that a lack of snow makes work more difficult. But this isn’t a joke: normaly in winter times we ascend with ski tour skies to the polychromelab 2610 textiles research laboratory, but this time there was too less snow for a proper ski tour and too much to go be feet.

Fortunately a good friend of ours lend us his quad bike, so we could transport our working stuff to the Glungezer Hütte. This was great fun – up to 2400 meters we could use a quad bike, the last 250 meters we could test our winter gear and went be ski.

Winter gear, ski tour, working and downhill skiing

In the lab there were many things to do. Next week we’ll tell you all about what the extreme storms at the Glungezer do to our textile research laboratory.

Most fun today was to test our new winter jacket Alta Verde on a nice ski tour up to the peak. The weather was brilliant, it was a way in ease and inspiration, these are the great things of our work.

In the evening, jacketed in warm winter gear, we got the reward for our winter day and enjoyed the prime of this winter day on the Glungezer Hütte at downhill skiing. See you next time!

Designer Michele Stinco becomes AWS Jury Member

Rookie Michele Stinco meets Intellectuals

Designer Michele Stinco made his Master in Textile Economics at the Academy of German Clothing Retail in Nagold, Germany. Since 2000 he gathers experience as designer for apparel manufacturers like Adidas, Diesel Jeans Italy, Mammut and Falke. The professional designer founded polychromelab as his first own apparel / fashion label.

At textile and design industry Michele is a complete professional, his speciality is outdoor sports. Collecting new experience as jury member for the financial support for startups of the AWS means a huge pleasure to Michele Stinco. Every year AWS supports small businesses in Austria that show innovative potential and economic progress. The winning projects will be find out in some jury sessions.

Michele Stinco not only was nominated for jury member because of his professional experience as a designer, but also because polychromelab ltd. itself was part of the AWS impulse XS programme for the last years. More about it here.

How the meeting of rookie Michele and the intellectuals from AWS will proceed, soon is to be told. Stay tuned:

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Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

End-of-year review of jackets manufacturer polychromelab

It’s the end of an other great year – the end-of-year review of jackets manufacturer polychromelab:

 

ZDF visits in the documentary Auf dem Dach Europas the polychromelab 2610 textile research lab

Roccia Rossa Designer Jacket wins ISPO Award Outer Layer 3l 2014

Porsche Design launches Reversible Jacket made out of polychromelab’s fabric

Heimplanet tests extreme tent The Cave at polychromelab 2610 textile research lab

Trend Blog Cool Hunting writes about polychromelab’s reversible jackets

The fastest women of the half marathon Hall-Wattens wins our women’s running jacket Fast Donna

Markus Koschuh competes in the Startup Poetry Slam about polychromelab

Cycling Apparel Label Pedaled wins Eurobike Award 2014 with its Lab Jacket in collaboration with polychromelab

Project Alpine Proof is presentated on Alpbach Forum officially

Channel 4 Gadget Man with Richard Aoyade chooses Roccia Rossa as the ideal travelling Gadget

Launch of the new-coloured green and grey Alta Verde alpine jacket for men and women

Polychromelab wishes Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

All these great things couldn’t have happend without friends, fans and partners. To thank all of you we wish you “Merry Christmas and a happy new year” in a video at our daily work in the Alps.

 

Storm – 27 from polychromelab on Youtube

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High-Tech Jackets tested in extreme Outdoor Tests

Do high-tech Jackets keep their Promises?

Nowadays high-tech jackets have to stand up against nearly everything: they should be waterproof, windproof, stretchy, sturdy, hard-wearing, warming. light and looking good. Additionally one has to add to each one of these functions an attribute like “extremely, 100%, highly, maximum, optimal” to tag a high-tech jacket.  Producers make many promises, but most outdoor jackets have to work for the first time, when the customer allready has bought the jacket and is wearing it in the mountains. If a jacket shouldn’t be a 100% waterproof then, one’s smitten.

Therefore the inventor of polychromelab reversible jackets, Michele Stinco, had the idea to test jackets under extreme alpine conditions, before it is available on the market.

 

High-tech Jackets tested in Tyrol

This is, how an original polychromelab-jacket-extreme-test looks like in practise:

Firstly, fabrics get spaned on wooden boards. Installing sensors we detect whether the fabric is suitable for outdoor use or not.

If the fabric is ready for manufacture, we design a reversible jacket. This prototype then is worn by dummies in our alpine laboratory at the Glungezer in Tyrol. Again we install sensors. Additionally we prepare a webcam to watch the jackets day and night for some months. Here you’ll find out what kind of weather high-tech jackets have to stand in our textiles research laboratory.

Then we evaluate the collected data. This way we’re able to detect waterproofness, windproofness and breathability by the means of temperature curves, humidity measurements and so on. By visual examination we can see, if outdoor jackets have been damaged by wind and weather or at seams and skirts.

If the prototype passes this test, we send it to the textile laboratory at the University of Innsbruck, where elasticity, scrub resistance and colour intensity get scientifically proven.

But there is one last test in our polychromelab 2610 alpine lab for the prototypes: the high-tech jackets get proven at applied extreme sports tests, like trailrunning, skiing, climbing and so on. Only this way one can proof what outdoor jackets have to be suitable for.

 

Alpine Proof – the Future of Outdoor Gear

Prospectively the project Alpine Proof will create an alpine seal of approval for outdoor gear to award high-tech jackets, which passed tests consiting of a combination of applied and scientific examination.

A true high-tech jacket doesn’t leave somebody out in the rain alone, but protects against wind and weather like a friend. High-tech jackets by polychromelab are available in our online shop.

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ZDF documentary about jackets and textiles

ZDF shooting team visits alpine laboratory for jackets and textiles

The ZDF shooting team visits the alpine laboratory for jackets and textiles on Mount Glungezer in Tyrol in December 2013. There the tyrolean manufacturer of jackets and textiles, polychromelab, runs the highest research station for applied textile research.

Here some impressions of the ZDF documentary about the Alps of January 2014.

ZDF documentary about polychromelab jackets from polychromelab on Youtube

We’re really happy about beeing a part of a documentary about the development of the region of the Alps.If you want to know more about the jackets, which were presentated in the ZDF documentary, visit our online shop and learn about our scientifically proven outdoor jackets.

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You may be interested in:

ORF 1 Newton does the ultimate Outdoor Jackets Test – Part 1

ORF 2 Newton visits alpine lab polychromelab 2610 – Part 2

Preparations for Free Ride Skiing in Winter

Free Ride Slopes in Tyrol

Winter is coming and the want to go free ride skiing is urging. With longtime experience we know that a good free ride slope has to be prepared carefully. First of all, it is important to know the area pretty well, so one won’t get lost or hit a rock, when snow has fallen and view is bad. If you’ve found your favourite route, you should check capability of the route under loads of fresh powder.

Preparations for Free Ride Skiing in Voldertal

In Voldertal in Tyrol we’ve found an interesting free ride skiing slope. The one problem is that there is a steep, high cliff, which seperates the two parts of the free ski route. There is no way through – but the free ride skiing slope would be a lot of fun.

So we decided to make ready a spot for abseiling to enable free ride skiing in winter. Therefore we have to climb up the steep cliff and fix a stout climbing rope for abseiling at this point. We need a lot of profession to do our dangerous work without getting hurt.

Work done we made ready an abseil-spot which is fixed professionally. Here some pictures of our preparations for the free ride skiing slope in Voldertal. Soon there will be some fresh snow. We can’t wait to visit the spot again: But the next time we’ll be there on ski wearing warm winter gear.

Follow Michele Stinco on Google+ at his outdoor adventures.

Waiting for snow – skiing in Tyrol

Wearing winter jackets at skiing in Tyrol: Waiting for snow

To improve our winter jackets continously, of course, we have to test our own productions repeatedly. For a keen athlete this means: go skiing or snowboarding in that moment snow starts falling, going on a ski tour, jogging and running, a nice trailrun here and there and especially, if one likes to proof suitability for coldness of winter jackets, spending a lot of time outdoors in winter.

The problem this year is: on the one hand, temperatures are allright (meaning at the bottom of thermometer), but on the other hand, snow isn’t falling in Tyrol this year too early. For a keen athlete this means: spot weather, packing winter gear, skis, snowboards and skins for ski tours and make a camp nearby the slopes.

Fortunately, as keen athletes, we prepared ourselves for this lack of snow, so we make ourselves comfortable on camping chairs reading a good book, warmed by polychromelab’s winter jackets, and watch the snow melting.

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Follow us on facebook to learn more about, what keen athletes do in winter time in Tyrol: facebook.com/polychromelab

Textiles innovative – textile research in new dimensions

Sports and Textiles, Research and Innovation: Tyrol innovative

Michael Hasler and Werner Nachbauer take the textiles research in Tyrol to the next level. The regions Tyrol and Vorarlberg support research projects, which investigate the synergy of textiles and man to produce gear of the future. In near future all programms will be coordinated under the name Alpine Proof.

Interesting research projects are cooperating in Tyrol and Vorarlberg. The concept from polychromelab contains to realise an alpine seal of approval to award scientifically and applied proven sports gear. Alpine Proof stands for quality, sustainability, progress and innovation and especially for products optimated for application.

More in the german article Das Netzwerk sportlicher Textilien by Ernst Spreng:

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More about the topic you’ll find on the homepage of the Tyrolean Innovation Day 2014 here.

If you’d like to follow Alpine Proof and textiles research in social media or want to share interesting posts with others, check out hashtags #AlpineProof and #textileresearch.

 

Christmas presents by polychromelab

Christmas at polychromelab’s: new designer accessories

Just in time for christmas we finished our new polychromelab designer accessories. Premium-quality shoulder bags, cell phone cases and scarfes are special christmas presents, which are not easily found elsewhere. Now you can order the designer christmas presents in our webshop.

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Advent season in our office

Not only we’ve prepared everything in our webshop for christmas shopping, but also we’ve decorated our office skimanufacture Hall in Tirol festively. There are a lot of small surprises to explore, including new mannequins and little mice, which cheekily dressed themselves in miniature polychromelab accessories.

If you’re arround, we’d be happy about a visit to our office in advent season. An additional value of visiting us is the lovely christmas market Hall in Tirol, which is only 30 meters away from our office.

Finally, there are some pictures of our christmas decoration. If you like, share it with your friends, so they get inspiried for their christmas shopping too.

A nice christmas season,

wishes polychromelab-Team!

TV ORF Newton – outdoor jackets by comparison

TV Show ORF Newton tests: outdoor jackets by comparison

Do you know which jackets are the best outdoor jackets? The TV Show ORF Newton wants to know the same, so they test different outdoor jackets both in the laboratory and outside in nature. A loden jacket, a down jacket and a polychromelab hardshell jacket compete in various stress tests against each other.

Part 1 – ORF Outdoorjackets by comparison: lab-test

Today Part 2 – ORF outdoor jackets by comparison: outdoor-test

ORF Newton Team visits the high altitude laboratory for textiles research polychromelab 2610 at the Glungezer in Tyrol. For two years now our research lab for outside weathering and applied science for textiles and jackets is located there. In the video they’ll tell you more about what we do and how we do it. Enjoy the ORF Newton outdoorjackets by comparison show!

ORF NEWTON Teil 2 PCL2610 from polychromelab on Vimeo.

Corious about what else we do research on? Visit the homepage of our host Glungezer Hütte or, if you need further information about our textiles research in the alpine lab, write us an email to media@polychromelab.com. We’re happy to help.

This is the way to the official facebook profile of the alpine lab Tyrol: polychromelab_2610/Facebook