Schoeffel OESV Warmup DH Suit Women

Polychromelab launches new Schoeffel OESV Warmup DH Suit Women

Polychromelab launches new Schoeffel OESV Warmup DH Suit for Alpine Ski Worldcup Women in Bad Kleinkirchheim. This ski overall by Schoeffel and OESV made off a 3 layer fabric is explained to Austrian ski racers here. Read about what this ski overall made off the unique reversible fabric by polychromelab is capable of and why Schoeffel and OESV have chosen this fabric for their equipment.

Collaboration between Schoeffel, OESV and polychromelab at Wintersports Gear

Polychromelab ltd., Tyrolean startup with site in Innsbruck and high altitude lab on 2610 meters, was able to persuade visionary Toni Giger (head of department for development, research and innovation at OESV) and Schoeffel Sportsgear ltd. Schwabmuenchen (official outfitter of OESV Alpine Racing Ski since 2009) in 2014 for the project “Warmup Downhill Suit” in alpine racing ski. Shared passion for research and sports science had helped this highend project come to life.

OESV’s downhill racing skiers wear worldwide unique Warmup Downhill Suit made off reactive polychromelab 3 layer fabric. Women’s ski team Austria wears Warmup DH Suit at training and at preparation until race’s start.

If racing skiers feel cold, they wear Schoeffel OESV Ski-Overall on black outside and take advantage of infrared and uv radiation to need less clothing to stay warm and to sweat less at warming up. It gets interesting in spring and summer training (Zermatt and domestic glaciers). This concept offers athletes the unique opportunity to stay cool when it’s hot. More features of this ski overall are high elasticity in back and bottom area. The concept of “freedom of movement” is setting some touchstones in overall clothing sector.

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Enjoy Skiing while testing new Winter Jackets

One should really buy Winter Jackets for these Moments

After all this years of skiing in the Alps I am still impressed by the mountains: when I was a student I always got up at 4 in the morning to drive with some friends from Germany to Tyrol to be the first one on the slopes. Then as a snowboarder. By now I am testing as sports designer in the Tyrolean Alps for 15 years.

Skiing still means a lot to me. But this time, when I was under way with Elisabeth, atmosphere was breathtaking. Weather was really good, nobody was around, only fresh powder and a lot of fun. Testing new gray green winter jackets by polychromelab at deep snow skiing was big fun. To enjoy these moments one should choose well and buy winter jackets of high quality. Otherwise one couldn’t enjoy freeride skiing without freezing.

In our Onlineshop you can buy winter jackets that are proven scientifically and applied inTyrol. Have a look on it in our polychromelab concept store!

Greetings from Tyrol,

Michele Stinco

Difficulties for Austrian Start-ups

Start-ups strenghen Economy through Innovation

What it means to be a start-up, we truely know. The first three years are the most difficult for start-up companies – most start-ups fail in this time. Many things we succeeded only were possible with help of the Austrian supporting bank AWS. This year Michele Stinco in fact was chosen as a jury member of AWS for his long time experience with polychromelab.

This Austrian newspaper article about innovative start-ups and their difficulties in Austria’s economy made us think about our experiences as a start-up company: Fehlende Risikokultur behindert Wachstum in Österreich-DerStandard

Start-up polychromelab – hightech winter jackets

Firstly, there was an idea: a fabric that cools on one side and, reversed to the other side, warms to need less clothing at winter sports. Secondly, a prototype was engineered: a winter jacket that is windproof, waterproof and breathable. Thirdly, there was the innovation: a hightech reversible jacket that is capable of nearly everything.

The problem is to make this highend jacket ready for series production without generating too much costs. AWS supporting programms helped us to found polychromelab inc. and to win many awards with our innovative products. Many innovative start-ups don’t have the chance to do the same.

If you’d like to read more about venture and start-ups, here is an interesting article about polychromelab on a really thrilling website.

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Sonja’s Bags Studio sews Accessories

Sonja’s Bags Studio engineers polychromelab Accessories

Sonja Zipperer carries a nice business called Sonja’s Taschen Atelier. The assoziations that come with the word bags studio don’t decieve: Sonja’s Bags Studio stands for quality and authenticity. It’s a true handwork, how bags, scarfs and decoration is engineered and manufactured in this sewing room in Tyrol.

This is why we’re so proud of having Sonja’s Bags Studio as a partner: since fall 2014 this Tyrolean sewing room designs polychromelab’s shoulder bags, cell phone cases and flipnecks out of our unique 3-layer-laminate in true handwork. All accessories Sonja Zipperer manufactures for us are reversible. This means they’re two-coloured and therefore wearable to every outfit – guaranteeing quality and functionality on both sides!

Accessories in polychromelab Webshop – handmade

Here’s a small overview about the accessories, which Sonja’s Bags Studio sews for us. Of course, all products are available in our webshop.

A functional scarf as perfect winter sports accessory: polychromelab Flipneck black / silver worth 50,00€

Shopper Shoulder Bag for men and women in black / silver or blue / bronze worth 70,00€

Stretchable Designer Cell Phone Cases for all smartphones in black / silver or blue / bronze worth 20,00€

All products are handmade guaranteeing quality from Tyrol. Buy these accessories in our webshop.

Outdoor Gear Lab in the Alps

Working Day: Outdoor Gear Lab in Tyrolean Alps

We write the thrid year of ‘polychromelab on Mount Glungezer‘ and still unexpected things do happen. To run an outdoor gear lab in the Alps can be unnerving – or in other words: without beeing spontaneous and wearing high quality outdoor gear one doesn’t come too far.

For example, one needs spontaneousness, when a meteo station has to be transported up on 2610 meters in a backpack. One needs high quality outdoor gear to prevent freezing in conditions like at the Himalaya and storms of 300 km/h. It really gets unnerving, when one has to repair this meteo station, which got demolished by flying rocks in the storm, at freezing winter temperatures on 2610 meters.

Video: way to textiles research lab at Glungezer with Quad

Fortunately today wasn’t that unnerving: because of current weather situation there is less snow for a skitour to our outdoor gear lab and too much to go by feet.

This is how our way to the outdoor gear lab in the Alps looks like (including accident in a bend):

Fortunately, we have two nice helpers at mount Glungezer. Gregor, Youthhostel Gufl, lend us his quad, on which we made our way to the textiles research lab. Arriving on top we had to select meteo data, swap temperature sensors on textiles and repair some damages. Afterwards the innkeeper Gottfried kooked a hot soop to help us recover from freezing temperatures.

New OESV Ski Overall – Niki Hosp Statement

New OESV Ski Overall: Nicole Hosp’s Statement

For the alpine skiing worldcup in Bad Kleinkirchheim OESV ski racers got a new onepiece ski overall, which is designed by a collaboration between Schoeffel and OESV Racing using polychromelab’s fabric. The former Alpine Racing Ski overall worldcup’s winner Nicole Hosp gives her statement in an interview. She wears this new OESV ski overall and tells us about features of her new reversible Warmup Suit.

New Schoeffel OESV Ski Overall Onepiece presented by Niki Hosp from polychromelab on Youtube

This new oesv alpine skiing overall is perfect for ski racers at training and race time. The black side on top warms athletes in rest periods and coldness. At sports and exhaustion or when sun radiations gets higher (especially in spring), one often gets too warm wearing a chunky ski jacket. But the new oesv onepiece overall is reversible to a silver side, which reflects sun radiation and transports warmth from the inside to the outside. This gear concept by Schoeffel helps athletes to sweat less at warmup and need less clothing to stay warm.

This way Niki Hosp is always suited best. Considering the bad weather at Alpine Racing Ski worldcup in Bad Kleinkirchheim the warming ski overall was really required, like you can see on the picture bellow.

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Blog about Freeride in Tyrol

Blog Tirol interviews polychromelab about Freeride in Tyrol

Blog Tirol interviews Elisabeth Frey and designer Michele Stinco from polychromelab about their work at the Glungezer and Freeride in Tyrol. Both Elisabeth Frey and Michele Stinco are passionate athletes, especially in winter when freeride skiing is possible. Mount Glungezer is a tradtional, small ski region in Tyrol, which offers outstanding freeride conditions and slopes. Here one can “experience nature originally”, it is one of the best places for freeride in Tyrol.

Here you can read the german article about polychromelab and freeride on Blog Tirol. Thanks for this great post!

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And finally some impressions of a working day at mount Glungezer including an after work freeride skiing downhill. Enjoy the pictures!

Alpin.de reversible jacket raffle

Mountain sports magazine Alpin.de hosts Roccia Rossa reversible jacket raffle

The mountain sports magazine Alpin.de hosts a raffle staring the Roccia Rossa Designer reversible jacket by polychromelab. First prize is a BMW mountain bike worth 2999,00€ and second prize is a polychromelab Roccia Rossa reversible jacket worth 700,00€. Closing date is 16th of january 2015. So don’t you wait too long!

How the raffle works, is explained cleary on the homepage of the prestigious alpine sports magazine Alpin.de. We wish you good luck! Participate to the Alpin.de reversible jacket raffle here!

If you’re interested in our polychromelab reversible jacket, that is suitable for all alpine sports activities, then visit our reversible jackets online shop here.

Marcel Hirscher wearing new Ski Jacket

Marcel Hirscher likes Schöffel polychromelab Ski Jacket

Marcel Hirscher, three times Alpine Ski Racing overall worldcup’s winner and double world champion in Schladming, Austria 2013, wears a high-tech ski jacket, which was designed by Schoeffel and OESV Racing in collaboration. Passion for science and sport research caused this cooperation using polychromelab’s high-tech reversible fabric for the new Warmup Suit.

This high-tech ski jacket is conceptualized as a reversible overall, that warms on black at warmup or rest and, when reversed, cools on bronze at sports or great sun radiation. Schoeffel and OESV Racing one-piece Warmup Downhill Suit will help skiing athletes to need less gear and to achieve greater successes in Alpine Ski Racing world cup.

In the end of 2014 OESV skiing athletes have worn this reversible ski jacket in world cup the first time. Today we’d like to show you, how Marcel Hirscher celebrates New Year in his new skiing jacket.

How much Marcel Hirscher likes his ski overall, you’ll find out on his facebook page: Marcel-Hirscher/Facebook

If you’d like to have an ingenious reversible ski jacket by polychromelab, visit our jackets webshop.

Stress Test for High-Tech Hiking Jackets

High-Tech Hiking Jackets scientifically proven

Alpine sports blog Bergsteigen.com does the stress test in comparing high-tech hiking jackets. The blog Bergsteigen.com writes interesting articles all about hiking, mountaineering, climbing and so on. Presentation of trends, testing new equipment and discussion of new routes are fields of duty for this outdoor blog.

The team of Bergsteigen.com tested Alta Quota Outdoor Jacket and Roccia Rossa Hybrid Jacket – both polychromelab’s high-tech jackets – over several months in the absolute stress test. Here you can read the full report of Bergsteigen.com! Here you’ll find out, how we proove our high-tech hiking jackets scientifically!

Bergsteigen.com does the stress test for outdoor jackets

This is an article of Bergsteigen.com. Translation by polychromelab.

The team of Bergsteigen.com tested two reversible jackets by polychromelab in a test over several months and all seasons: Both the modell Alta Quota and the modell Roccia Rossa have been tested.

Both modells excel in having little weight (modell Roccia Rossa size S 300 grams) and in beeing manufactured cleanly. Remarkably, both jackets do not look worn out after months of not really caring use in the mountains.

Additionally, all seams are welded to make the jacket waterproof. Windproofness is outstanding. For example, for one stormy and cold ski tour we only have worn a thin Merino-Baselayer, a Merino-Vest and of course a polychromelab jacket to be dressed adequately.

This jackets made of a three-layer laminate are conceptualized as reversible jackets: whether it’s cold or hot, one wears the warming, dark-coloured side (99 % absorption) or the cooling, light-coloured side on top (45% reflection). This is highly functional, because this way the wearer is dressed allright in a great range of temperature. If you search for something to criticize, you could find fault with weldseams on the reflecting side, which are distinctly visible, and with some of the pockets, which aren’t that good to reach.

Bergsteigen.com: Our Résumé

The Roccia Rossa is prettier, the Alta Quota the more functional jacket. This is why we as alpine sportsmen fancy the Alta Quota. For example, the clean tailored Roccia Rossa compared to the Alta Quota hardly has any pockets, which is a lack of storage room for tours in the mountains. A true disadvantage of both jackets stays with the price: both modells are € 700. One, who spends this amount of money for outdoor jackets, will be happy about having a great high-tech textile for many years. For persons, that make a point acting sustainable, will be interested in the fact that the production of the jackets take place only in Austria and Italy, rather than in Far East.

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Our video-tip, if you’re interested in outdoor stress tests for hiking jackets:

ORF Newton Outdoor Jackets Test from polychromelab on Youtube