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The North Face Thermoball Pro

With an improved quilting system to reduce cold spots and superior finishing and inner fabric, the Thermoball Pro is a top of the range lightweight synthetic insulated jacket.

The End of Universal Compatibility Among Brands for Alpine Boot and Binding Systems?

Until now, all Alpine ski boots and bindings had been compatible with each other, regardless of the brand. Things have changed.

The North Face Apex Flex GTX 2.0

The Apex Flex combines Gore-Tex® protection with soft shell flexibility for ultimate versatility in unpredictable conditions.

Video: Down vs. Synthetic Insulation—Which is Better?

The Pros and Cons of Each Type of Insulation for Outdoor Clothing

Patagonia Fair Trade program; for fair production

Patagonia’s environmental program incorporates a Fair Trade Certified program that benefits its employees.

Michelin soles for Mizuno trail running shoes

The Japanese brand decided to leverage Michelin’s experience into the manufacturing of its soles.

Lurbel’s Regenactiv and Bmax technologies. Complete natural protection

Regenactiv is an excellent example of the R&D performed by one of the world’s leading mountain sock brands: the Valencia-based Lurbel.

Polartec Alpha: active protection for high-performance situations

An intelligent material that regulates body temperature during intense activity in cold conditions.

Rocker and Camber Explained

In recent years we've seen a revolution in ski design: different combinations of rockers and cambers respond to the demands of any skier.

The Secrets Behind Membranes

Everything about the biggest advance in the history of mountaineering clothing: membranes such as Gore-Tex, which are both waterproof and breathable at the same time.

Gore® C-KNIT Backer Technology. Greater Performance, Better Comfort

If any criticism has been made about waterproof and breathable fabrics with a 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane, it's been about the feel and comfort of the backing layer. These 3-layer fabrics are usually fairly stiff, the backer feels artificial and unpleasant next to your skin and the garment doesn't easily slip over other layers.

Down insulated clothing. An updated classic with unbeatable properties

Down insulated clothing has had its ups and downs in the world of mountaineering clothing. But over the past few years it's made a comeback, thanks to the evolutionary designs, which have notably increased performance. There is no doubt that down insulation is way ahead of synthetics as far as the combination of warmth, weight & compression are concerned.

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