Including the amazing mystery of the Alpiniste fleece fabric...
A couple of weeks back we brought you scoop news of the latest
Karrimor rucksacks, which should be in the shops next month, evil
gear blockades and petrol shortages permitting. But the Karrimor
elves have been hard at their sewing machines making new clothes for
the Spring, so here's a sneak preview of a couple of the more
Plus the mystery of the Alpiniste fleece jacket, does it use
Airecore for 2001 or not?
It's not new, but we just had to mention the fabulously named
Phantom Pants - brilliant. 'Has anyone seen my Phantom Pants?
Eh? Very Emperor's New Clothes. For information, they're made from
Gore-Tex PacLite material and match the Phantom
We reckon thsi is the new Vapour
comes complete with hollow glass legs for prodigious
extrovert drinking displays
Genuinely new however are a bucket of multi-sport tops: the
Storm Smock, which uses two-layer Gore-Tex Saturn for a
fast-moving, light-packing garment and the Tsunami Jacket -
funny how that always sounds like the Japanese for 'Toon Army' -
which looks like a jacket version of the same garment and also uses
the two-layer Gore-Tex Saturn fabric.
Both have a neck cinch, rollaway hoods (as distinct from rollaway
kidnappers) chest pockets, micro-fleece-line collars, mmmmm...
reflective bits and the facility to stow away in their own map
Also new is the Vapour Jacket an ultra-lightweight,
breathable and waterproof jacket which uses what Karrimor describe as
a 'non clammy laminate'. Fully-taped seams, rollway hood, reflective
trims, vented back etc. And cheaper too.
Moving on, Karrimor is doing some interesting stuff with
Polartec's new Windbloc fabric in the shape of the new Zephyr
Jacket and Zephyr Gilet. They both use a microfleece outer
and PowerDry wicking inner to make for, hopefully, a lighter, more
breathable, less clammy windproof experience.
The Shadow Gilte - don't
windproof gilets till you've tried
one. They're grrrrreat...
Finally, on the windproof front, there's the Shadow Gilet,
which is, er, a windproof gilet. And if your inital reaction is so
what, then chuck one on and go mountain biking. These things work
superbly when you need to keep your torso warm.
Elsewhere there's a new travel range sporting a nifty line in
South American names - Nazca, Irupana, Cusco, Attacama etc, but the
Alpiniste range of warmwear including the popular Alpiniste fleece
jacket remains largely unchanged though, come to think of it, the
Alpiniste Jacket is now listed as using Polartec's
hollow-fibred, lighter-weight Aircore fleece. So what's that all about then?
Aircore or not? We're not sure
won't answer the phone, more info when
we've got it.