Product Test at Night Skiing in Tyrol
Equiped with headtorches and a go pro we started at 2610 meters from our textiles research lab next to the Glungezer Hütte in Tyrol. In winter there are always some repairs to do. Additionally measured data by sensors, which we fixed to jackets for product testing, gives us insight concerning their functionality and resilience against exposure to nature.
Unfortunately work took longer as expected this time, so we had to go for night skiing on our way home. Beeing experienced with such incidents we had headtorches with us. Knowing the downhill route quite well after years of fieldtesting and product development at Mount Glungezer night skiing off the slopes wasn’t that dangerous.
At the Ready for Serial Production
Out and about in nature and Tyrol’s mountain range equipment easily is stretched to its limit. The wearout of gear is high, beeing outdoor about 300 days a year. When one is freezing, sweating, or feeling unpleasantly wind, or having to bear nature in any other way, one gets a lot of ideas of what else to wear to feel more comfortable concerning clothes.
At the ready, as you can see on the pictures, are new whole-body-clothing concepts, which we want to realise using polychromelab’s 3 layer laminate. By now there are only ideas and first prototypes to be tested at night skiing, but soon there will be more to tell.
Running Jacket Test under Alpine Conditions
It’s hard to believe, but it’s only July and the begin of summer in Tyrol. So we’d like to share our little piece of evidence of this Alaska-like weather with you. Here’s a video of a running jacket test while snow is falling and ground is freezing.
Obviously we can’t wait for sunshine either, but it were great conditions for testing our new Fast Donna Running Jacket for women under real alpine conditions. Conclusion: Breathability worked pretty good, warming at its best. See full details on this sports jacket here.
After 7 hours of shovelling it was finally done: 5 meters wide, 3 meters deep. Quantities of snow.
We tested the tent The Cave by Heimplanet this winter in our alpine laboratory at the Glungezer, Tyrol this winter. The Cave was exposed to extreme conditions like storm and snow and stood the test. But the heavy snowfalls in spring buried the tent under meters of snow. Only now when snow is melting we could lift the tent.
3 months under masses of snow: The Cave is looking brand new and functioning flawlessly. An extreme test which wasn’t scheduled but brought quality to daylight.