Polartec Announces 2014 APEX Design Award winners

Fabric manufacturer has just announced its favourite bits of new kit for 2014/15

A couple of times a year, Polartec takes a look at all the brands that use its various fabrics and picks a few as its favourite, as a kind of pat on the head we image a boss would.

This year’s vote has just been cast and the short-listed winners are out. Each of the winning entries will receive a special award at one of the big international trade shows this summer (Friedrichshafen in Germany, or Outdoor Retailer, Salt Lake City).

Hundreds of apparel and accessory brands from around the world submitted their most innovative products. Judges selected 39 Polartec® APEX winners ranging from lightweight next-to-skin layers, to breathable “puffy” products for active warmth using new Polartec® Alpha®, to fully waterproof garments that maintain high breathability with Polartec® NeoShell®. These winning garments are being recognised following close collaborative development with Polartec® as an innovative solutions provider.

“The Polartec APEX Award is all about recognising excellence in innovation, function and design, and encouraging this type of collaboration with our team as Polartec continually expands the limits of what fabric can do,” says Allon Cohne, Polartec global marketing director.

The winners are:

66ºNorth Kjölur Shorts, Shacket, and Women’s Shirt

Arc’teryx Argus and Gaea Jackets

Ariat International FR Work Tek Pullover Hoodie and Baselayer ¼ Zip

Athleta Overcast Coat

Bluesmiths Kula Hoody

Bomber Gear Raven Dry-Top

Choucas Glide Hat

Descente Women’s Polartec Power Dry Hot Grid Parka

Eider Blow Alpha Gloves

Giro Wind Guard ¼ Zip

Grifone Atuk Jacket with Hood

Houdini M’s and W’s C9Loft Jacket


KJUS Men FRX Equilibrium Jacket

Louis Garneau Course Windpro LS Jersey and Arm Warmers

Lululemon Fleecy Keen

Makers & Riders Dispatch Weatherproof Trouser

Marmot Cataclysm Glove

MEC Obsession Jacket

Millet Touring Insulated Neo Jacket and LD Touring Insulated Neo Jacket

Montane Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

Montane Fast Alpine Neo Pants

Mountain Force Fancy Jacket

NFM All Weather Lightweight Jacket and Pants

NFTO HS-01 Jacket

Norrona M’s and W’s Lofoten Alpha Jacket

Northland Darcy Alpha Padded Coat

Patagonia Diamond Quilt Snap T

PING Soft Shell Hoody Jacket 2way and Pant

QOR Alpha Waxed Cotton Jacket

Rab Neo Guide Jacket and Pant

Reebok Power Stretch Garment

RH+ PW Alpha Jacket

RH+ PW Beta Glove, Hat, Bibtight and Jacket

Strafe Cham Jacket and Cham Pant

Sugoi Alpha Hybrid Jackets

Ternua Women’s Kush and Men’s Rumtse Jacket

Teton Bros Glory Jacket and Pants

Vaude Bormio Jacket and Bormio Pant

Wild The Burnside Alpha

Wings + Horns Bunker Jacket


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