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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!

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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Arising of a Storm – Textiles Research Tyrol

Textiles research Tyrol: a strom over the alpine lab

From 4th to 5th November a seriously heavy storm browsed over Tyrol. At many places the storm destroyed roofes and did a lot of further damage. At the peak of Mount Glungezer nearby Innsbruck the storm was that heavy that a grown man barely could have stayed on his feet. In our high altitude laboratory for textiles research Tyrol we measured wind velocity of 264km/h.

Thanks to our webcams, which are observating the weather situations day and night, we now have a video of the weather constellation at the days before the storm and zero hour. It wasn’t the first time that a heavy storm swept across Tyrol. Here’s the video from our textiles research laboratory Tyrol at the Glungezer:

Heavy Storm 04/05 11 2014 polychromelab 2610 264km/h from polychromelab on Vimeo.

That’s how extreme weather can be in Tyrol. The snow quickly was blown away and even so for our test dummies.

The heavy damage the storm did to our lab for textiles research Tyrol also offers an advantage for us: the measurement data afford us deep insight in the behaviour of textiles and jackets under heavy conditions, so we can improove our work for the future. This exact concept led the German company Heimplanet to us: they’ve tested their tents in our alpine lab polychromelab 2610.

Do you want to witness a storm like this one yourself or just want to go for a nice hike, then visit our textiles research lab at Mount Glungezer. More information about the alpine laboratory for textiles research and our host Glungezer Hütte you’ll find here.

Workingday with Heli

To upgrade the Glungezer Hütte and our Textile-Laboratory we had to transport the required material with a heli this year. Watch the short video, how we work under sunshine in the tyrolean alps.

polychromelab 2610 heli working day von michele stinco auf Vimeo.

News from 2610 meters

We’re very proud about our latest acquirement on 2610 meters: since a few days there’s a bike next to the torsi for  product testing. Now we have the possibility to do research on both human and textile. We will explore how materials that were exposed to alpine conditions for months will interact with workload. Hopefully we’ll get answers to the questions whether the polychromelab materials is working under the most extreme conditions and what we can improve.

Of course everybody who likes to try it out himself is welcome to do some kilometers on the bike in our alpine laboratory next to the Glungezer Hütte.

OEAV LIKES POLYCHROMELAB

OEAV-section Hall in Tirol offers best conditions for alpinism and mountaineering in Tyrol. The mountain lodges Glungezer Hütte and Axamer Lizum host every hiker, climber and extreme athlet to guarantee a majestic view over the tyrolean alps in every season of the year.

Polychromelab wishes everybody a great holiday in Tyrol. OEAV recommends polychromelab equipement for safety and fun.

 

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Skitour vs. Industryski

Read the german article about the comparison of the ski tourism at the Patscher Kofel and Glungezer in retrofutur.

If you like the Glungezer, you might want to follow them on https://www.facebook.com/Glungezerhuette.

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FrozenLAB 2 – cold spell in the alpine laboratory

Our textile laboratory Glungezer is frozen

Hoping our Lab won’t get a cold at these conditions.

We’re testing the Alta Quota and the Roccia Rossa polychrome fabric under all conditions. The Glungezer Hütte in Tyrol offers the best exposition for such quality researches. We’re very happy that we can do this in Tyrol, because it is often windy, summertimes hot and in the winter extremely cold. What else has an outdoor jacket to stand?

If you want to buy a jacket that is tested in the textile laboratory Glungezer, visit our polychromelab concept store.

 

FrozenLAB 1

16.03.2014  09:00

Unique conditions for testing at the Glungezer.

Extreme Exposition meets fabrics.

Moments one can’t buy.

 

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ONE WEEK AT THE GLUNGEZER HÜTTE

Snow doesn’t always stay there where it lays down. Watch one week at the polychromelab_2610 at the Glungezer Hütte in Tyrol. The weather couldn’t be more extreme.

one week in jan 2014 from michele stinco

 

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