NANTUCKET, Mass. — “I’ve got to tell you today is an absolutely perfect Windstopper day,” said Bruce Troutman, thermal product development director for W.L. Gore & Associates.

Apparently, 42 m.p.h. winds and overcast skies here were a good thing in Troutman’s eyes, as he enthusiastically welcomed a dozen media types before a two-hour hike through the island’s woods and wetlands. There’s nothing like a “nor’easter,” New Englanders’ nickname for whipping northeasterly storms blowing in from the ocean, to ratchet up wear-testing a few notches.

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