ISPO 2019 was held from 3rd to 6th February at Munich Messe. The four-day event is held annually to accelerate the global evolution of sports and support it worldwide. The ISPO Award is probably the most famous distinction for any sports product on a global level. The award is a welcome orientation aid and distinguishing feature.
With over 500 submissions for the ISPO award, there should be something that’s new and innovative. The performance criteria includes materials and production technologies, design/haptic look and feel, functional aspects of material and fit, water resistance, breathability, durability, elasticity, etc. The products are analysed based on not only technology, material, fit, sustainability, but also on style. Every year, ISPO awards the products in different categories like ski, protection, apparel and accessories. Team Apparel Resources presents the Gold collection winners in apparel category for the year 2019.
KJUS Men 7SPHERE HYDRO_BOT Jacket
The electronic HYDRO BOT membrane actively pumps moisture from inside the jacket to the outside using electro-osmosis. This enhances the comfort and performance levels by protecting the skier from the dreaded. Post-activity chill is caused by trapped moisture. Being up to ten times more efficient in removing unwanted moisture than conventional membranes, HYDRO BOT is the only technology that can match the sweat rates of the human body. Thumbs-up to this unique and innovative approach towards moisture management, active electrically assisted wicking will be commonplace in outerwear a decade from now.
Peak Performance Argon
This is a sustainable, technical liner jacket made from recycled fabric with Thermore Ecodown synthetic filling and C0 DWR. Using an innovative production process, it features a unique quilt pattern, with woven vertical and horizontal channels for a sleek look. Avoiding stitch lines, the jacket has fewer cold spots and is more wind-resistant.
“With the beautifully designed Argon Jacket, Peak Performance introduces a superlight, technical insulation that completely reflects today’s eco-conscious mindset,” said Maximilian Praxenthaler, Zalando.
Black Diamond Solano Glove
This glove with 100 per cent waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX insert and Gore warm technology offers three heat levels with LED button control and two different heat circulation modes. The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are stored in a waterproof zippered battery compartment. The Solano is available as a finger glove and in a mitten version.
“Smart textiles not only protect but ensure a sense of enhanced well-being. The lightweight and waterproof functionality of these heated gloves will be a great hit,” said Louis Smith, Louis Smith Fashion.
ODLO I-Thermic by Clim8 and Twinery
I-Thermic is a fully knitted, intelligent thermo-regulating performance midlayer. The garment leverages MAS HOLDINGS’ patent-pending active heating technology Phoenix and is powered by CLIM8’s intelligent module and software, which regulates temperature fluctuations according to individual activity levels and temperature conditions. “An intelligent, heated midlayer that monitors changes in skin and outside temperature and automatically adjusts the heating output. Perfect for snow sports,” said Dr. Junyan Hu, Best Pacific.
Spyder Nordwand GTX Shell Pant
Functionality meets style: The 3L GORE-TEX Spyder Nordwand GTX Shell Pant was developed with pros like Chris Davenport and Owen Leeper and comes with everything freeskiers expect from a high-performance pant such as excellent weather protection and breathability, articulated knee construction, integrated stretch panels for full range of movement, internal and external thigh ventilation system. “The new freeski collection from Spyder is extremely stylish and functional. The pants are very robust without sacrificing breathability or freedom of movement,” said Astrid Schlachter, sport-Facchandel.
Blackyak Kostroma Jacket
The Blackyak Kostroma is a multi-use jacket for the 21st century. It features a weather shell constructed from GORE-TEX INFINIUM for protection and an integrated removable inner jacket constructed using LOFT for insulation and YAK TruFlow air-permeable textiles. “With its advanced materials, this two-in-one rainproof, windproof and insulated jacket is an excellent option for active travelers,” stated Junyan Hu.
HELLY HANSEN W Whitewall Lifaloft Jacket
The women’s Whitewall Lifaloft jacket features a longer silhouette and double needle embossed stitching. It has vast pocket space to accommodate backcountry safety equipment, hi-vis detailing for safety and the life pocket to keep user’s phone batteries alive for longer. The jacket is extra warm without any added bulk, thanks to the 80g Lifaloft insulation by Primaloft.
“With heritage styling evoking polar exploration, this jacket represents a deep dive into outdoor antiquity cleverly contrasted with modern industry-leading materials,” said Tom Wilson-North, Zero G Chamonix.
TERNUA BLACKCOMB SKI SUIT
This is a very technical ski touring suit developed by athletes for high-performance ski touring. This has excellent balance of low weight, breathability and warmth made with dryshell active flex fabric, a blend of 65 per cent recycled nylon coming from recycling of discarded nets and 35 per cent of elastane. Besides, it has two chest pockets for skins and two zippered inner pockets for avalanche transceiver and other important things.
“This ski suit is a sophisticated product for athletic ski touring performance. Weight, warmth and breathability were taken into account just as much as sustainability,” said Alexa Dehmel, Active Sports Design & Consulting.
Goldwin G-Fides Jacket
The G-Fides jacket is a high-loft down jacket using GORE-TEX® 2L providing excellent waterproof. 80g/m2 of recycled down is inserted with the original shaped baffle structure applied on the back to maximise warmth besides its technical features, unique detailed designs such as a hood that wraps the collar and iconic designed front flap which is applied. “The top quality of this jacket was particularly striking: beautifully designed and constructed, it truly is a premium product,” said Heather Swift, Women’s Mountain Collective.
Craft Subz Sweater
Inspired by the unforgiving Nordic winters, the Subz sweater allows you to keep on running, even when the mercury collapses. This cold-weather running sweater features lightweight, heat-bonded padding at the front, brushed jersey fabric and a chimney collar for extra warmth and protection during winter workouts. Additionally, the seamlessly knit sleeves and back provide exceptional comfort and fit.
“This garment impresses with its clean lines, modern and pristine shape. This range is both exclusive and fashionable,” stated Shida Pourhosseini, Puls Yoga.
VAUDE Larice LesSeam Jacket
The Larice LesSeam jacket is made with a circular knit manufacturing process that reduces the amount of remnant materials made from pattern piece cutting. This conserves resources and provides incredible comfort due to a minimum of seams. A variety of material structures are used in different body parts to ensure optimum temperature regulation. PrimaLoft Sil. I. Eco is used at the front for warmth.
“Thanks to circular knitting, this perfect jacket for athletic ski mountaineers has very few seams and surprises with hardly any production waste to be thrown away,” said Astrid Schluechter, sport-Fachhandel.
Norrøna – røldal Thermo Hood
The extremely versatile røldal Thermo Hood is a unique hybrid between a classic hoodie and a technical insulation piece. This soft, warm and highly stretchy piece is made with recycled and weather protective (PFC-free DWR) outer fabric and has a warm, recycled PrimaLoft Gold Active fill. This is a waterproof fabric but has no taped seams.
“This innovative hybrid between a comfortable hooded sweater and a functional insulation piece made of sustainable, weatherproof materials was well received by the jury,” said Maximilian Praxenthaler, Zalando.
Auclair Sports – Race Fusion Glove
The Race Fusion Glove is a high performance race glove made of durable yet soft, full-grain goat leather. The main characteristic is its external, articulated shell using D3O impact technology for premium protection. This particular configuration offers race-worthy protection in a more comfortable and ergonomic glove.
“The jury appreciated the softness and mobility of this protective racing glove. We have never before experienced anything comparable in the racing glove sector.”