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Tyrol Future Day 2016

Starting into Tyrol’s Future Day 2016

We last were on an exhibition some time ago, so we were really excited to be part of Tyrol’s strategic Future Day 2016. Innovative companies from Tyrol and groundbreaking research projects from Tyrol’s academic schools were in the centre of attention at this event. Here’s the video “Leading by Research and Development” with some impressions from Tyrol’s Future Day 2016.

Video Innovation Day from Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung on Youtube

Leading by Research and Development

Being a part of this ensamble of economy and research comes naturally to us. Since the founding of polychromelab we followed a two track strategy: Design, manufacturing and sale via polychromelab’s online shop and store in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis on the one hand, empirical research and structured product development in the Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab on the other hand. Unfortunately, as it is in modern times, one has less time to make one’s statement and this is why customers often get our two track strategy. So we were very happy about the fact that there was plenty of time and interest on Tyrol’s Future Day at Congress Igls to present our mission for the future of polychromelab (and apparel).

Here are some impressions of Future Day 2016. Photocredit: Land Tirol / Berger.

Further information on this event you’ll find in this German article by Land Tirol here.

Video: Inside Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab

Video of the Opening of World’s Highest Outdoor Lab

Location Agency Tyrol and pro.media Agency visited the highest research lab of the world. At the opening all who were involved were there: officials from Tyrol and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, the University of Innsbruck and polychromelab as operator of Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab. In this video our research project is explained.

World’s highest research plateau for outdoor apparel from polychromelab on Youtube. Copyright: Standortagentur Tirol and pro.media

What Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab does research on and especially how we do that, you’ll learn here.

And here you’ll find the German press release from pro.media Agency.

Windtest Winterjackets in Outdoor Lab

Testing Winterjackets in Extreme Windspeed at Alpine Proof

The market never sleeps. It also never is full. One has to adapt to stay competitive. Every day there’re new innovations. Every innovation creates new target markets itself and hence influences the customer’s demands. For example, windproof winterjackets.

Luckily refining products is something we really like. We forgo some hours of sleep and watch the winterjackets at the windtest in the Alpine Proof outdoor lab, fortunately at home in front of our laptops via webcams. Here the video of the windtest

You can take windspeed from the graphic below to see what conditions the winterjackets have to stand up to. Normally one never has to feel windspeeds of 95 km/h and higher at regular outdoor activities, but it’s nice to know that in case the jacket can stand the wind, while the wear hardly can stay on his feet.

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The Beginning

Testing Jackets in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis with Alpine Proof the Beginning

Location, check – concrete foundation, check – wooden platform, check. Three times thanks to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis for building world’s probably most beautiful and surely highest research station for textile research and testing jackets on Schönjoch, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. But now we should get started.

First we build new, fancy bases for the testing dummies from the former lab on Glungezer. Second we select which outdoor jackets should be tested in the next few months. Then we pack everything in our car. About an hour later we reach the wooden platform enjoying the stunning view on the Upper Inn Valley. Beautiful. Also the weather, but we better start working, before a storm arises or something.

After the Alpine Proof banner is fixed, dummies are positioned and spinning cycles are ready, today’s work is done. But this just was the beginning. We’re collecting first weather data and measurements from the inside of the jackets already. Soon we have a greater insight in the outdoor functionality of our prototypes.

All news you’ll find on our facebook page Alpine Proof.

 

World First Cairo Camo Hybrid Jacket

Shop polychromelab and Heimplanet Cairo Camo Hybrid Jacket

Out now the new Cairo Camo Hybrid Jacket by polychromelab and Heimplanet in Heimplanet’s online shop. Design and Fashion Blog Hypebeast also goes for this hybrid jacket’s functionality.

Product development of Cairo Camo hybrid jacket

It all starts – like always – with an idea. Heimplanet decides to manufacture special camouflage tents. For this purpose Cairo Camo pattern is developed. This geometric Arabic pattern creates with special colouring a three-dimensional, tectonic effect that we call “camouflage”.

Additionally, to go in line with the new Heimplanet tents, a true hybrid jacket is designed. The goal is to combine design and functinal aspects without reduction. This is why Heimplanet meets polychromelab. We know each other since ISPO 2012 and worked together in winter 2013/14 to test Heimplanet’s tents under extreme conditions at polychromelab’s Alpine Proof outdoor laboratory at mount Glungezer scientifically.

Polychromelab designs a concept and develops the technic for pigmentation of polychromelab hybrid textiles. This isn’t a very easy process, because we needed to prove long lasting of colour pigments in 2000 simulation hours at Alpine Proof outdoor laboratory.

Textilforschung Alpine Proof Hybridjacke

Cairo Camo Chameleon Jacket

2000 hours. Let’s say one wears his jacket about two hours a day. So if we divide 2000 by two, we have 1000 wearing days. 1000 days are almost three years. So a Cairo Camo jacket can by worn for three years, everyday, under the most extreme conditions, without colour bleaching.

How does this work? We have something up our sleeve: there is a posibility to proof colour pigmentation on a fabric that don’t become lighter with the time but darker. So Cairo Camo hybrid jacket doesn’t bleach out and as a functional jacket stays an unique design apparel. And the best thing is: the whole process works without toxics!

Cairo Camo at Firmament Berlin

At last, we’d like to mention that Outdoor Aesthetics made a great video interviewing Stefan Clauss from Heimplanet explaining Heimplanet, Cairo Camo and team work with polychromelab. Enjoy the video!

And for all the exited ones, there’s place for the most important link: have a look on Cairo Camo hybrid jacket at Heimplanet online shop!

 

The ISPO Brandnew 2015 Magazine

This is how a Workingday of the Jury of ISPO Brandnew 2015 looks like

“They have all been in exactly the same situation: a panel observed their product, their brand and decided that they can present themselves at ISPO Munich as one of the best startups of the sports business. Now they had the same task. Almost all the ISPO Brandnew jury members were founding members of former ISPO Brandnew winners and finalists. From their own experiences they know exactly what is of importance. Here they tell us about their highlights and impressions.”ISPO Brandnew 2015 Magazine

Designer Michele Stinco (winner 2012) was a jury member of ISPO Brandnew 2015 too: “I believe that true innovation solely starts in small pieces. Craftsmanship and imagination are the base for groundbreaking inventions and good design of the present and past.”

Here you’ll learn about how a day as a jury member of ISPO Brandnew 2015 award is like. Besides, Brandnew Magazine has written a story of success about polychromelab from 2012 til today. So have a look on it and get to know the work of jury members of ISPO Brandnew:

ISPO Brandnew 2015 Jury and Story of polychromelab

Here is ISPO ontour’s video of the impressions at the ISPO Brandnew award jury meeting: this is what the other members say about this prestigious award for startups.

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If you want the read more of Brandnew Magazine, here you can read about polychromelab / Schoeffel-project and learn about what gear alpine racing skiers Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger are wearing: polychromelab goes racing

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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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

 

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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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