Project Apex Part IV

August 30, 2012

First of all, a massive thank you to all those who put forward their votes and comments so far on this project.  Without your help we would be lost as to where to take this.

Secondly here are the results of the poll, I’ve just looked at where the majority of votes were placed and this is how everything panned out:

70% of you said you wanted a hood on the garment, so we will put a hood on it.

61% said they wanted pockets on the chest and the bottom of the garment, so we will put 2 large chest pockets in for your binos etc, and 2 smaller lower pockets for hand warmers and smaller bits and pieces.

54% of the votes went to having a full length zip, this one was tight, however because the slight majority voted for the full length zip we will head down this road to start.

62% wanted pit zips, this is a no brainer really, and we were always going to put them in.

91% voted yes to us trying to make this jacket waterproof as well, now this is something that hasn’t been done in the New Zealand market before, so we have figured out a way to do it. It won’t make the garment 100% waterproof, but we are aiming for around 98% waterproofness, hopefully it will keep out all but the very worst of down pours. 

61% of you wanted tight cuffs that will seal out the water and 55% wanted us to use the same fabric as the jacket was made from.  Now we have been playing around here at the office and we think this might not be a good idea, as the furry inside of the jacket fabric is likely to suck up a bit of water making the cuffs uncomfortable, so for the first prototype we are going to use the same fabric that we use in our XTR jackets for the cuffs.  We are hoping this will seal out lots of water and will not soak it up the inside of the cuff too badly.

100% of you wanted a more packable wind block garment.  No real surprises here, but you had me racking my brains trying to figure out how the hell I was going to achieve this one!

I played with using a combination of fabrics and reducing bulk by changing to thinner fabrics in various areas.  But this lead to serious reductions in heat retention and we want this garment to be warm.  So I made another executive decision and decided to keep it as packable as possible by using thin fabrics for all the pockets, and still retain the warmth provided from the Core Soft Shell fabric for the bulk of the garment.  It will be miles more packable than your old woolen or wind block fleece bush shirt but will be just as warm when used in conjunction with a suitable layering system.

71% Suggested that soft shell fabric was a better alternative to wind block fleece fabrics, we agree.  So to help you all see where we are coming from, here is a short video showing why we think it is better:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y5JibgF3C0[/youtube]

Keep an eye out next week for the first concept sketch of the new Project Apex Garment, we will want you all to vote yes or no and give us a few more suggestions.

Cheers,

Alex.


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