ODLO MOUNTAIN CLOTHING: WINTER MOUNTAIN CLOTHING RANGE. ACTIVE THERMIC, I-THERMIC, BLACKCOMB AND NATURAL + KINSHIP
ODLO MOUNTAIN CLOTHING: Winter mountain clothing range, first layers. Activate Thermic, I-Thermic, Blackcomb and Natural + Kinship. The Norwegian-born brand is a reference in winter clothing, from cross-country skiing to cycling or mountaineering. With more than 75 years of experience.
ODLO, A REFERENT ON SPORTS CLOTHING SINCE 1947.
Although not well known in some countries yet, the originated Norwegian brand is a reference in high-end sportswear throughout Scandinavia, since it was born in Norway back in 1947. The creator, Odd Roar Lofterød, gave the brand his own name when in 1947 he began to make women’s underwear, but soon, he came up with a better idea.
His son, Odd Roar Jr., was training on the Norwegian junior speed skating team. To prevent his child from freezing cold during the training sessions, Odd Roar designed a new training suit. Soon after, his teammates and other high-level athletes wanted to try it too!
In 1963, he developed an elastic and functional ski suit for cross-country skiers and speed skaters, made out of Helanca synthetic fiber. The Norwegian Olympic Team wore the revolutionary new costume at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics; and at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics there were already 22 teams in competition equipped by Odlo.
The brand moved to Switzerland in 1987, starting there, it also opened to all alpine sports: from skiing to mountaineering, and more. Today we have high-quality Odlo clothing for cross-country skiing, cycling, running, downhill skiing and almost any sport where thermal protection is important. So let’s go with this latest third-layer, focused on running warm under the cold and wind, but when it doesn’t rain.
ODLO MOUNTAIN CLOTHING : WINTER MOUNTAIN CLOTHING RANGE.
The high performance shirts and trousers of the Performance Warm Eco line are made of 100% post-consumer recycled polyester, 90% recycled elastane and 50% recycled polyamide, both from manufacturing waste. They have also converted their successful Active Warm range, which is the best-selling and also known under the name ‘Originals’. The new Active Warm Eco styles are made of 100% recycled polyester. In total, this conversion saves 350 tons of polyester, eliminating the need to extract additional oil.
As is often the case in the Scandinavian and Central European brands, sustainability is an important point for Odlo. Therefore, the brand uses recycled raw materials in most lines of the best-selling products. These pieces can be recognized by their green “Eco” logo. If we go over the catalogue, 68% of the products are already made of recycled materials or natural fibers from renewable resources. A good step forward, which we are seeing in more and more mountain brands.
ODLO: FIRST LAYERS. ACTIVATE THERMIC, LIGHT AND WARM
The new Active Thermic sports underwear line is another technical and highly sophisticated innovation that
offers important benefits for the athlete. You can feel the extraordinary lightness of Active Thermic underwear as soon as you touch it and notice the warmth it provides as soon as you put it on. The thermal capacity of 100 grams of this yarn is 40% higher than, for example, the Active Warm thread. This is made possible by integrating specific carbon particles into the yarn used to weave Active Thermic sports underwear.
Carbon particles store heat released by the body and return it to the skin during rest periods, when the body produces less heat. This works exceptionally, as the carbon structure drastically increases the surface of the yarn, making it able to provide more heat.
According to tests conducted by the Testex Institute, The Active Thermic’s 100g thermal capacity is 40% higher compared to 100g of the Warm Originals. In other words: The Active Thermic’s underwear is only 65% of the weight of the Originals range, but provides 91% of its thermal capacity.
The new sports underwear is amazing at first glance. All this due to the grid structure of the Active Thermic, which gives it a unique look.
ODLO: FIRST LAYERS. PORTABLE SMART TECHNOLOGY, A WARM FIRST LAYER
The intermediate I-Thermic layer revolutionized the sportswear market last winter. Odlo’s development team, in collaboration with its partner Clim8’s electronics specialists, has successfully integrated award-winning I-Thermic technology into a much finer first layer. Sensors and textile fibers work directly on the skin, further increasing system efficiency.
The new first I-Thermic layer is extremely versatile. It can be used for all outdoor sports and activities, as well as for cycling, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and more. It’s never too cold or too hot, and there’s no need to put on or remove as many layers or use extra thick layers.
The battery, which is firmly attached to the shirt with six snap fasteners, lasts up to four hours in continuous operation. As the current only flows when the sensor detects that the body temperature has fallen below its set comfort level, battery performance is more than enough for an outdoor winter day or a day of skiing, especially when you’re on the move.
ODLO: FIRST LAYERS. BLACKCOMB, THE MOST EYE-CATCHING UNDERWEAR
The eye-catching design is inspired by the urban world, with its exciting and contrasting lighting effects. It’s fascinating to see what the creative team has done to bring urban themes to the world of sport, once again making this fall/winter’s Blackcomb styles in Warm design very special and packed with functionality.
This includes seamless fabric technology with organic body maps, where functional areas blend seamlessly together, effective thermal insulation, rapid moisture transport, a cut that embraces the body with total freedom of movement, and ZeroScent bioactive anti-smell technology, which prevents odors
Unpleasant. Both men and women will be able to choose between long and 3/4 pants, long-sleeved round-neck T-shirts, with an integrated face mask and high neck with half zipper.
ODLO: FIRST LAYERS. NATURAL + KINSHIP, COMBINES THE TRADITIONAL WITH THE MODERN
On the other hand, the Natural + Kinship range has been significantly expanded, made for all those who like to carry natural materials on their skin during sports, without sacrificing functionality. The brand has increased the content of merina wool in its Kinship styles by more than 50%, so that we can benefit even more from the advantages of this natural material.
Its materials specialists have perfected this blend of merino wool and synthetic fibers to offer better products. Always retaining the unique look of the Natural + Kinship series. Inspired by Norway’s rich culture – origin of ODLO – its designers have translated traditional patterns into a contemporary design language, which fits perfectly into our modern world. The result is a highly attractive and authentic appearance with the appearance of natural materials, carefully combined with synthetic fibers.
The first layer of Natural + Kinship Warm combines the high thermal performance and regulatory qualities of merino wool with the moisture absorption properties of polyester. Seamless fabric technology is used to organize the different functional areas. This helps keep your body warm wherever you need it. In addition to allowing excess heat to escape from areas of your body that are less sensitive to temperature.
There are also areas with elastic material to allow total freedom of movement. A long-sleeved T-shirt with a high neck and a half zipper is also available. Natural + Kinship Warm long pants pair perfectly with both T-shirts. Finally, seamless fabrics of the same material are found, which show a high degree of thermal performance and provide the most comfortable climate management.
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Post by Héctor Rubio for Trailrunningspain.