NEW YORK — Knowing people aren’t about to part with their iPods or other personal comforts when snowboarding or even just taking a spin on the backroads, outerwear makers have revved up their styles with special features and sturdy...
NEW YORK — Knowing people aren’t about to part with their iPods or other personal comforts when snowboarding or even just taking a spin on the backroads, outerwear makers have revved up their styles with special features and sturdy fabrics.
Pro riders Victoria Jealouse and Kelly Clark were among the first to try out Burton’s new Radar 2L jacket. Designed with a padded chest pocket for an iPod and control panels on the sleeve, the jacket allows snowboarders to change their tunes without getting tangled in wires.
Each machine-washable jacket is compatible with Apple’s portable digital music players, which store up to 10,000 tunes. IPods are not included with the $349 Burton item. Burton also has come up with the new Amp pack, another iPod-friendly item.
Bogner, another label popular with winter sports enthusiasts, has introduced a stretch windproof and waterproof jacket for the slopes or city streets. Made of wool, polyester, polyamide and polyurethane, the zip-front item has motocross-inspired articulated elbows.
Dan Chirico, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Bogner of America, said, “It has the look of a traditional natural product, with the advantages of surface bonding and lamination to technical man-made fiber. An added advantage is the textile’s breathability, which transports moisture away from the body to the outside surface of the wool.”
The jacket wholesales for $171 and coordinating pants are $148. High Country Sports in Livingston, N.J., and Stein Erikson in Park City, Utah, are among the specialty stores carrying the wool jacket.
Thanks to industrial designer Yves Béhar, MINI has a multifunctional jacket, designed for drivers of BMW’s popular matchbox-type car. The jacket has pockets for a map and MP3 player, and hidden magnetic closures. The hooded microfiber jacket also has a fold-down flap that acts as a seat extension. That way drivers can sit on any surface without worrying about damaging their jacket. The flap can be folded up as a slim bag with a shoulder strap.
The jacket and other items from the MINI_motion collection are sold at such specialty stores as Barney’s New York Co-op, MoMA Design Store and Flight 001, as well as select Puma stores.The U.S. Coast Guard, which is often a testing ground for new fabrics and technology, has teamed up with W.L. Gore & Assoc. for a new foul-weather parka. Seven years in development, the Gore-Tex Best Defense jacket is a windproof, waterproof, breathable and snag-resistant foul-weather parka, said Joe DeBlase, chief designer for the Coast Guard. It also is designed to be contamination free from diesel fuel, salt water, DEET and other substances.
The lightweight garment is geared for temperatures ranging from -10°F to 60°F. Members of the Coast Guard tested it on the sea and on land in the Arctic, Alaska, Michigan and other icy locations, DeBlase said. The parka is constructed of a nylon outer shell, a Gore-Tex membrane and a nylon liner. It has a water-repellent zip-front liner that can be worn on its own.
There is also a water-resistant interior pocket to protect documents or electronics, a stowable hood and pocket warmers. Pockets also are placed high on the chest to allow the wearer to draw in his or her arms like a chicken does for added warmth, DeBlase said.
At this point, the parka can only be purchased by government service employees.
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