Time to Start Hiking

Hiking in Malbun

It’s getting foggy, soon it will start to rain. You can feel a refreshing breeze of nature in the air. Deciding to go hiking was the right choice.

Malbun, Liechtenstein. It’s two hours of hiking from Malbun to the Austrian border. Far-off from cities in between of rocks, small valleys and cow pastures in a magnificent cirque. In the morning sometimes it is hard to get up and put on hiking shoes. But you will get the reward only a few hours later.

Our hiking tour led us through cow pastures, high up in the Alps of Liechtenstein. The cows are observing every one who finds the way up here. It is clear who is the host and who is the guest.

All day you will meet just a few people. The starting rain drives the last ones away, which stayed here this long. But the waiting was worth it. The minutes right before it starts raining are the best. The lighting conditions are changing. It’s incredible how clear colours and contrasts become.

The fist raindrops. We put on our hiking jackets. You will regret waiting this long for the stunning view only a few minutes. But it won’t last long. Nature shows facettes in the rain which you won’t see this often. It’s truly beautiful.

Photo Credit: Johannes Vith

On this hiking tour from Malbun to the Austrian border we have wear Manta designer jacket. This outdoor aproved hiking jacket is available in our onlineshop.

Interview with Wolfgang Langeder – Part 2

About the Way from Inspiration to a Designerjacket

Wolfgang Langeder from the Austrian company Utope is a professional designer, who created the Manta Color Morph Jacket by polychromelab. Last week in part 1 of the interview he talked about his vision of creating a new kind of innovation. This week we dare to take a look deeper inside the designer’s mind.

Maximilian Frey: Why did you use polychromelab’s fabric for the Manta jacket? What did the fabric tell you holding it in your hands the first time?

Wolfgang Langeder: I find this purely functional side of polychromelabs’s fabric very interesting. This fabric is something highly innovative, and basically it is technology that makes the innovation. This agrees very well with my vision for Utope.

“I like the strong connection between polychromelab and nature, and the authenticity that originates right in the life of Lisa and Michele.”

Maximilian Frey: If you like to share your secret with us, were did you get your inspiration? Did polychromelab play a part in your decision?

Wolfgang Langeder: I like the strong connection between polychromelab and nature, and the authenticity that originates right in the life of Lisa and Michele. It was really important to me that the Manta Color Morph Jacket‘s design makes a connection to this and smoothly fits in the overall image of polychromelab.

Maximilian Frey: When you look back on designing this piece of art and on the moment you first saw the prototype, did your eyes glow?

Wolfgang Langeder: When you work on a design, you’re really “close” to the product itself and its details, and you recognise that everything fits together more unconciously. In the final phase then for the first time you have the chance to see the prototype from some distance, and I am glad that the Manta Color Morph Jacket had become such a strong and interesting piece.

Maximilian Frey: Design and fabric, interacting perfectly well. Manta Color Morph embodies the perfection of functionality and elegance. But what should we do with this? Where should we wear this special jacket?

Wolfgang Langeder: I guess that primarily there are situations in the extreme or outdoor range of use when customers wear this jacket. But additionally this jacket is a “style item”, which means that this jacket also could be worn only because of its elegance instead of its functionality.

Maximilian Frey: And what is it that one by any circumstances must not do with the Manta? When would your heart begin to hurt?

Wolfgang Langeder: I am a pragmatist, so I think the purpose of apparel is that it should be worn. Basically everyone should do everything he wants to do with the jacket.

Here you can read the first part of the interview. You can have a look on the Manta Color Morph by Utope and polychromelab here in our webshop. In this post we talked about the Manta Color Morph reversible jacket for women and men.

Interview with Wolfgang Langeder – Part 1

About a Vision to Create a New Kind of Innovation

Wolfgang Langeder from the Austrian company Utope is a professional designer, who created the Manta Color Morph Jacket by polychromelab. I met the visionary and textilie-virtuoso for an interview.

Maximilian Frey: Wolfgang, for everybody who doesn’t know you yet, can you explain what Utope is about?

Wolfgang Langeder: We at Utope want to create a new kind of innovation, something that hasn’t been developed yet. For this we integrate innovative technologies in textiles, that up to now only were components for digital devices, so new kinds of functions and applications for apparel become reality.

Maximilian Frey: How is this even possible, technologies in textiles? You and your team are trying to connect apparel to smartphones. Hopefully one doesn’t has to charge his jacket every evening, does he?

Wolfgang Langeder: No, the jackets doesn’t have to be charged on a daily basis. Our concept is quite different. We use sensors integrated in the jacket measuring specific data (of both body and environment) which are transmitted to the smartphone, processed and made available for use by an app. Because both wearer and apparel are in permanent movement, we work with stretchable electronics which are a basic requirement for integrating technology in apparel. This concept is washable and appropriately safe.

“It’s about essential applications, which occur in nature for adapting to the environment optimally.”

Maximilian Frey: If you look at the Sporty Supaheroe Jacket, you’ll notice that Wolfgang Langeder wants to tell a story with his designs. What’s the story behind the Manta Color Morph Jacket?

Wolfgang Langeder: The story behind the Manta Color Morph Jacket is about the connection of technology and nature. This is the very thing I wish to make transparent to the wearer. If you look at the jacket’s fabric, it’s a hightech textile capable of warming and cooling. These are essential applications, which occur in nature for adapting to the environment optimally.

Additionally, the fabric also has two different sides, which brought me on the trace of an animal which characteristics, because of its elegant and dynamic appaerance, I wanted to “translate” into design. It’s the manta ray. This way a synthesis was made to combine my design vocabulary with the fabric’s hightech functionality. Men become part of the interaction between technology and nature, men become the link between these two parts, you can feel and experience wearing the jacket.

Next week we’ll continue with part two of the interview. Meanwhile you can have a look on the Manta Color Morph by Utope and polychromelab here in our webshop. In this post we talked about the Manta Color Morph reversible jacket for women and men.

Alpine Jacket for Via Ferrata

Customer Wears Alpine Jacket for Mountaineering

A happy customer send us mail of his mountain sports activities from Brenta-Dolomites, Italy. It’s always nice to get some feedback for one’s work:

Dear polychromelab,

I’ve bought Alta Verde Alpine Jacket this summer mostly for mountain sports activities. After testing it at home under rainy weather conditions, I was sure that I’ll always stay dry wearing this jacket. So I tested the jacket on a via ferrata in Brenta-Dolomites. My expectations were fully met. There was no need to change jackets and apparel when weather conditions were changing, no exhausive sweating, long story short – everything was to my convenience. I wish your team all the best with your great apparel concept. Greetings from Germany!

Reiner (translation)

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Choosing the Right Mountaineering Apparel

Summer, sun and mountains! It’s time for hiking, climbing and mountaineering. But even when the sun is shining, in the mountains weather can change unexpectedly in no time. One little shower and the day is ruined. Therefore it is important to choose the right apparel for mountaineering.

On via-ferrata-dolomites.com there’s a check list with the right mountain sports apparel you need. Especially it is important to wear windbreak apparel that is at the same time breathable so there’s no unnecessary sweating. Additionally one should wear waterproof apparel, so concentration can be upheld in rainy weather conditions. Polychromelab Alta Verde Alpine Jacket combines these exact two aspects: the jacket is windproof and breathable and waterproof as well. This way an extra layer of clothing can be saved. Our customer Reiner only can recommend this concept.

If you’re interested in the Alta Verde Alpine Jacket just have a look at it in our onlineshop.

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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.

With a Ski Tour Jacket on a Moon Landing

Snow Storm – Ski Tour Ends in Moon Landing

The wind is beating and howling, by now I pulled the jacket’s hood as tight as possible over my helmet to get some shelter from this storm. You wouldn’t think that a thin neckwarmer can make the difference, but without it I would suffer serious forstbites. Grindingly I put one ski by a time forward slowly making my way to the top, fighting against mother nature.

One wouldn’t believe that this spot ever was visited by a single human soul. It feels like a moon landing. The ski tour jacket also reaches the limits of its capabilities, the wind rocks it, but still not feeling any cold of this rogue storm. Soon I’ll see the chine, then the weather conditions will be better.

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Finally, I can feel the reward for this straining ski tour with my fingertips: The view onto the valley reveals 1.000 metres in altitude of untouched powder. Without wasting anymore time I check my skiing gear and prepare for an awesome downhill ride. If you’ll ever be this close to heaven, you’ll also have the feeling of a moon landing. Arriving a the station in the valley my knees are still shaking a bit, but I know that I wouldn’t want to miss this kind of adventure for no reason.

On this ski tour was tested: Alta Verde Alpine Jacket for men and polychromelab Flipneck. Additionally we tested some textile prototypes for lower body parts, on which we’re feverishly working at the moment. All products by polychromelab are available in our online shop.

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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.

Freeride Winterjackets – Downhill

Alpine Proof Lab: Downhill Freeride Winterjackets

Part 1: This is how a testing day in Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab starts.

When all data is collected, winterjackets are examined carefully, and sensors and cameras are working properly, the second part of a day testing winterjackets starts. We put on our freeride skis and winterjackets. By freeride winterjackets testing we have some great advantages: a) a lot of fun at downhill skiing, b) great insight data into the functionality of jackets, and c) even more fun when snow conditions are great.

Conditions were not the this day, but the level of difficulty was really high: From Mount Schönjoch via the southern flank of Schadenstock at -13 degrees downhill. At these freezing temperatures you can find out whether a winterjacket is windproof or not, because at this steep face one reaches a high pace.

Arriving at the valley station we look back towards the Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab on 2436 meters. This is the route we’ve taken. Everything was superb!

More on the topic freeride skiing and winterjackets you’ll find in Tyrol Blog here.

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Freeride Skiiing Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Adventure Freeride Skiing in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

It isn’t exactly what you understand leisure time, because at freeride skiing we’re always testing new polychromelab prototypes, but it really felt like holiday. For our adventure freeride skiing Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis we get with the Pezid mountain railway to the Samnaun mountains in the Alps. It was early in the morning, sky just started to clear up, but at the back you can see Frugler, the first 3000 meters peak of the day, in sunlight.

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We couldn’t decide which was more exciting: the thought of gooing freeride skiing on powder or this view onto Unterinntal, in the back Mieminger mountain chain and on the left hand side, slightly covered by some clouds, the Zugspitze.

Of course, we liked better go freeride skiing in fresh snow. Early bird catches the worm. On this day we were the first ones to leave our tracks in this untouched fresh snow at this steep rock face. The waxing of our skies was worth it.

And by the way, winterjackets, tested for this kind of freeride skiing, you’ll find in our webshop here.

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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