Alpkit New Stuff At The Show
Long-awaited soft-shell denim in production plus new Alp socks at the NEC.
Posted: 24 March 2009
There are two new products from those nice Alpkit
folk due to
launch at this year's OS Outdoors Show, the long-awaited Jeanius 'soft shell' jeans
and the all new Alp socks
We know all about the jeans already. We've been wearing some
pre-production prototypes for around a year now and they're great. The
fabric is Epic denim with the fibres encapsulated in silicone. That
means that unlike normal denim, they shrug off light showers, dry much
faster and are pretty much windproof too.
They're also cut with a diamond crotch to allow easy movement when
climbing, scrambling or bouldering. A limited prototype batch has
already been through the CoLab testing process, so the final production
version should be spot on. Price should be £55.
Meanwhile, the first batch of Alp
is leaving the factory some time about now. They're
made from IsolWool, a mix of wool and polypropylene, that's claimed to
be warm, durable and lovely.
The socks are going to be available in four sizes and sell in packs of
three - that's three pairs not three socks - for £15.
Finally, don't forget to check out the finalists in the Colab Innovation Award
at the show. They'll have their own stand where they can show off their
designs and canvas for crucial votes.
More information at www.alpkit.com
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I doubt that you'll get a nearly waterproof pair of jeans from Gap! The closest comparison is probably Rohans epic bags which are ~70,
As they are rather more of a unique product than much of their stuff they won't be as cheap. Should be fun for anyone who likes winding up people doing kit checks
(Epic is meant to be much more durable than the effect that washing in Nikwax gves.).
Posted: 25/03/2009 at 13:00