Serious Expeditioner's to the Arctic Circle & Antarctica.....
Demand Excellence in the Winter Gear that they pack and so should YOU!
When you begin the physical training process for your first or next Expediton to one of the poles, it's also the best time to start exploring and checking out the gear that you are going to take with you. Once you have researched the critical gear items that you are going to be wearing most of the time during the extreme cold weather conditions, you should buy it and take it for a few test drives in as cold of conditions that you can find in your local area if that is possible.
The worst thing you can do is to read someones gear review on the Internet about an item, buy it and then pack it for the trip without wearing it several times well ahead of time. It is extremely important to put some wear time on the new mitts for example, so that you can get an inkling to see whether they are going to work for the thermal regulation system in "your" body. This is important because well over 60% of people in the U.S. for example, have issues related to blood circulation and blood flow, caused by various reasons(i.e. herdity, age, disease and so forth).
We recently briefed an article on the internet that was reviewing Winter Mittens, with an ending recommendation of the pair or pairs that would be best to take with you on a trip to the North or South Pole, etc. The concensus of the article resulting from three months or so of testing, was that the top pair of mitts selected was best because it had "better dextarity" then the others tested and this was important because the average wearer would be using mitts once the temperature dropped under +10 degrees F.
As a manufacturer of 100% of the mittens that we sell, which we manufacture right here in the United States, what "should" be the most important factors for selecting a pair of Winter mitts for example, is a follows:
Winter Mitts constructed for enhanced "DEXTARITY" generally offer:
|The greater the "compressibility" of the Insulation materials built into a Winter Mitt, providing puppet show dextarity, provide:||
|Winter Mitts built with "sheet thin" internal shell moisture wicking fabric provide:||
|Winter Mitts built with Nylon characteristic type fabric materials provide:||
|Winter Mitts built without adequate equalization of insulation materials on both the top and bottom sides of the mitt provide:||
So the question that you should be thinking about before you're being pulled behind a dog sled above the Arctic Circle with windchilled temperatures somewhere between -60F to -100F below, "Was it more important to have a flexible mitt on this trip that led to a couple "black colored" frost bitten fingers, or should I have gone with the better insulated, correctly designed mitts that allowed me to also use my gloves inside of them so my fingers are alway covered mitts from Technical Advantage Gear?
Prairie Snowstorm G2 Hardfaced Mitts - Recommended User Range to -30F (-34C)below zero - Thermal R-Value of Insulation R-6.55
New Product Release - Winter 2009-2010
The second generation ("G2")of our Prairie Snowstorm Mitts builds on the great successes that we had with the original version release and with some well defined re-engineering now sets a new standard in the global market place for cold weather mittens. The "New" G2 Prairie Snowstorm Mitts are built with technically advanced abrasion resistant thermal windblocking, DWR water repellent, breathable outer shells - a modified 5 layer top & bottom total layering system that also provides a further enhancement for conductive heat loss, about another 8% to 10% additional benefit - an approximate 10% enhancement to the bend flexibility and an increase of approximately 14% to the total length of the mitt allowing it to ride higher up your jacket sleeve. Of course you also gain some extra length in the fingertips and length of the thumb, which further accomodates more uses with different finger & thumb lengths. The overall thermal R-value for insulation rating on the G2 mitts is an approximate R-6.55 which is down ever so slightly from the original Prairie Mitts we introduced a couple of years ago. However, we feel the further enhancement made through a technical material change to one of the internal layers, for even better conductive heat loss protection still provides an exceptional overall warmth package for the end user and we've yet to find a competitive mitt at any price point that comes even close to our standards... Click here for more information.....
Extreme Element Arctic Thermal Mitts with Built-in Thumb Loc Strap - Recommended User Range to -60F (-51C)+ below zero - Thermal R-Value of Insulation R-10.5
The Extreme Element Arctic Thermal Mitts were first tested in the Iditarod in temperature extremes to -60F below zero and were back again in the race the following year when a full blown blizzard trapped a dozen or more mushers on top of Rainy Pass for over 24 hours in wind chilled temperatures estimated to as cold as -100F below zero. The positive result was that mushers who wore our mitts and other gear items experienced zero frostbite, which was not the same story of the other mushers who didn't, as we were told by one of the mushers that was trapped in the conditions.
These Winter Expediton Grade Mittens are very time consumming to build, as we use a total of fourteen layers of technical fabrics, seven on top and seven on the bottom as pictured above, in building the finest pair of mitts on the planet. If you can get any other mitten manufacturer to show you a cross view cut away of their mitts and they have a better total layering package of technical fabrics and a higher Thermal R-Value of Insulation, then buy them instead. But you know what, you won't!
These mittens were designed and sized to be worn in conjuntion with thicker protective Winter grade insulating gloves. Although these mitts have less dextarity then a mitt built with compression type insulation, your overall hand use dextarity is still going to be excellent because when you need to do something with your fingers, you just pull them out of the mitt, do the task and then insert them back inside. The shock cording on the end of our mitts with the clip hooks will allow you to hook them to plastic loops supplied on most jacket sleeves, to keep them from falling on the ground, or from having to hold onto them when your gloved hand is outside of the mitt. The retractable "thumb loc" strap on the thumbs of these mitts also allow you to lock them to the handlebar of a dog sled, around the grips on your snow/ice walking poles or anywhere else that you want to secure your mitts to for more easily moving your hand in and our of the mitts without having to hold onto them.
The reality with Winter mitts, is that as the temperature continues to drop into the negative temperature ranges, it becomes harder for the human body to continue to sufficiently pump enough blood through the arteries and veins out to the limbs (hands & feet), to enable them to maintain a level of reasonable warmth. Therefore, if you can use a mitt that "thermally" blocks out 100% of the wind, offers incredible equalized thermal insulating R-values on both the top and bottom sides of the hand, has superior moisture wicking capability (the first 2 inner layers of our mitts offer superior thermal moisture wicking) and you can eliminate or minimize conductive and convective heat loss, then you have a fighting chance for keeping your hands warmer - longer. The other reality when the temperatures start driving past the -50F below zero mark, the secert that Iditarod mushers use is to insert a chemical hand warmer pack into the palm area inside of their protective glove and then they stick it back into the mitt. With this combination and the insulating layering system that we use, your hands in most cases are going to survive without frost bite when the temperatures are driving past the -90F plus temperature mark. The Iditarod mushers that used our mitts in the 2007 Iditarod proved this point while enduring the temperatures estimated to be as cold as -100F below during the early part of the race. So the question remains, use a mitt/glove system for that next Expediton or choose the dextarity built mitten and risk a few black fingers when all is said and done? If you want more product information on our Extreme Element Arctic Themal Mitts with Thumb Loc strap, then Click here for more information.....
Extreme Element Arctic Thermal Mitts w/Detachable Thumb Loc Straps - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer - Temp Range to -60F (-51C)+ below zero - Thermal R-Value of Insulation R-9.3
We designed and cut the patterns for these mitts, especially for our base of Female Expeditioner customers, however this mitt is not just limited to females either. We decided to strip off some of the goodies that we build into the other larger sized Extreme Element Arctic Mitts and at the same time work to enhance the bend flexibility and gripping slightly, about 15% to 20%, without sacrficing much in the way of our standards for thermal insulating values built into both the top & bottom sides of our mitts. We took out a layer of technical fabric from both the top and bottom, however these mitts were still built using 12 total layers (6 top/6 bottom) and still pack a second to no one thermal insulation value of R-9.3. We also changed the outer shell layer to a technical fabric that has a Hardfaced, yet fairly soft to the touch finish, which will further enhance abrasion resistance. The outer shell is of course thermally windblocking, DWR water repellent and has very good moisture vapor breathability. We've also included fully detachable thumb loc straps as some women don't like locking their mitts to the handlebar of their sled. To learn more about these great mitts, Click here for more information>>>>>
Windblocking Thermal Straight Neck Gaiter - Recommended User Range to -60F (-51C)plus below zero
We build these neck gaiters in two different sizes and we also build them in larger length and width dimensions then the "status quo" competition in the global marketplace. We uniquely build in a top edge shock cord that allows you to tighten it and lock it to any position on your face. The 2 layer system blocks 100% of the wind on the outside, has breathability and is DWR water resistant, while the inner layer has superior heavyweight technical synthetic polyester warmth. This neck gaiter will also NOT FREEZE UP from your breath moisture and it allows you to always breathe warm air when over the nose. These neck gaiters are excellent for wearing especially when your physical body exercise is less then 30% of the time or you are going to be doing alot of standing or sitting in one place. If you only prefer to wear straight neck gaiters out of preference, then you'll only need to pack ONE and that's the one that we build at Technical Advantage Gear. Click here for more information....
XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Windblocking Thermal Wicking Straight Neck Gaiter - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer - Recommended Temperature Range to -80F (-62C)+ below zero
The XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Series Neck Gaiters are the hottest thing on the expedition and trekking gear list of things to pack with you on your next adventure. These neck gaiters are designed for high physical exertion activities where you require windblocking protection during the adventure, but you also need warmth during the rest periods and superb moisture wicking and transfer during the entire climbing segment or activity.
We build these units with a 3 layer technical fabric system, with the outer shell layer consisting of a soft feeling Thermal Windblocking Hardfaced abrasion reducing, DWR water repellent and breathable technical fabric. The mid-layer is a moderate mid-range synthetic polyester fabric that provides warmth without being overly hot. The inner layer next to the face and skin is a superior thermal wicking technical fabric that helps to moderate the overall warmth, yet does a great job in transfering the breath moisture away when the unit is pulled up over the mouth and nose.
The XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Series Neck Gaiters pack a combined thermal insulation value of R-3.4, perhaps the highest thermal value for neck gaiters in existence, but the combination and function of each of the three layers together allow it better regulate the heat, especially when your day is consisting of 70% or better of physical exertion as your climbing to the summit or just chugging through the deep powder out in the woods.
With the interesting stretch of the 3 technical fabrics and the design cut, we have been able to configure this as a "one size fits most unit". It also comes with our top edge pull tight built in shock cord and cord loc, for allowing you to lock it into any desired position on your face, while also sealing the heat in. How many polar expeditions will these units be taken on, we don't know for sure, but we're guessing many from different expeditions from around the globe. Click here for more information>>>>>
XWick 3.4TRH Expediton 1.4 Windblocking Thermal Wicking Drop Pad Neck Gaiter - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer - Recommended Temperature Range to -80F (-62C)+ below zero
We've stretched the design and innovation limits with our latest entry of neck gaiter designs. In this case, we have further revolutionized the drop pad neck gaiter with our Expediton Series XWick 3.4 TRH Expedition 1.4 Windblocking Thermal Wicking Drop Pad Neck Gaiter, which is yet again in a class by itself. The XWick 3.4 TRH Expedition 1.4 is designed for the user that is under physical exertion better then 70% of the time in face biting cold temperatures, where you need to stay warm and protected from frostbite, but you also need better moisture transfer from the area around your mouth.
The 3.4 TR is the combined thermal insulation value of the entire gear unit, which is a Thermal R value of 3.4. The final alpha component of H again stands for the Hardfacing abrasion resistant finish on the outer shell layer fabric that we use for this neck gaiter. Although the outer shell fabric is hardfaced, it does have a soft feel to the hand and it does help to reduce the amount of blowing snow that could stick to it. The Expedition is the rating that we have given to this item based on how it regulates the heat, transfers moisture and protects the user from the extreme elements while under physical exertion. Finally, the 1.4 is the Drop Pad configuration on this gear unit, which is (1) one full drop pad in the front and an approximate 40% length drop pad in the rear.
With the interesting stretch of the 3 technical fabrics and the design cut, we have been able to configure this as a "one size fits most unit". It also comes with our top edge pull tight built in shock cord and cord loc, for allowing you to lock it into any desired position on your face, while also sealing the heat in. How many major expeditions will these units be taken on, we don't know for sure, but we're guessing many through different expeditions located around the globe. Click here for more information>>>>>
Cross Hybrid Windblocking Thermal Drop Pad Neck Gaiter w/4 Pockets - User Range to -100 F (-73C) below zero
Our Cross Hybrid Windblocking Thermal Drop Pad Neck Gaiter is similar in overall warmth to our original "granddaddy" design reference below, however it has progressed to the next design generation with the addition of (1) pockets on the outside of each drop pad and (1) additional pockets on the inside of each drop pad, for a total of (4) pockets. You decide what needs to be stored in them to be kept from freezing up during a long distance training run or race, as the pockets add a new dimension to our exclusive 2 Layer technical fabric design. These are especially great for when you actual physical exercise or exertion is less then 30% of the time.
The Cross Hybrid offers the same mainstay assets of 100% thermal windblocking protection, excellent overall thermal warmth, pull tight top edge shock cord & cord loc, DWR water resistant outer shell layer, but it also again allows you to always breathe in warm air when pulled up over the nose while not allowing moisture to penetrate through and freeze up. Click here for more information>>>>>
Windblocking Thermal Drop Pad Neck Gaiter - Recommended User Range to -100F (-73C) below zero
Our Technical Advantage Gear "Drop Pad Neck Gaiter" is an ORIGINAL design and is exclusive to our product line only. In other words, you can't buy it anywhere else in the World unless someone has copied our exclusive design. Two drop pads, one front and one in the back that have been configured to keep your upper chest core warm on the front, while sealing the air flow completely out on the back of your neck. The drop pads can be reversed or turned around your neck, whereby the front becomes the back and the back the front.
The top edge of the Drop Pad Gaiter also comes with a built in shock cord, that can be tightened to keep it in the exact position on your face that is desired. The mainstay of this unit is built with a 2 layer technical fabric system, with the exception that the drop pads also contain a 3rd internal layer of special polyester insulating material. Windblocking 100%, breathable, water resistant on the outside, matched with a heavyweight technical fleece on the inside and generously sized, all combine for another warm and frost free face. These are especially great for when you actual physical exercise or exertion is less then 30% of the time.
If you want the "ultimate" neck gaiter system, which is a unique and exclusive design to the hard core outdoor World and you want to be prevent the black skinned frost bite at virtually any temperature range below zero, then you only need to pack one neck gaiter total on your next Expedition and it's this one, design and manufactured by Technical Advantage Gear. Click here for more information....
Windblocking Arctic Thermal Hat - Recommended User Range to -60F (-51C) plus below zero
Our Windblocking Arctic Thermal Hat, based on the feedback from our field testers and other users that have taken them on extreme cold weather adventures, claim that this "is" the warmest hat on the Planet. We place a reasonable recommended user range of -60F plus below zero on this gear item, but quite honestly this hat will endure any extreme sub-zero temperature that you can physically stand and then some. This hat is built with our innovative 4 layer technical fabric layering system and it will stop anything that Mother Nature can throw out at you while on a climb to the summit or venturing across the endless rough ice terrain on a polar expedition.
The outer shell is 100% thermal windblocking, breathable and is DWR water resistant. This hat will not only out perform any nyloned shelled hat for thermally blocking out all of the wind, but it also minimizes convective heat loss and will take as much rain and mist moisture as the finest higher end technical nylon type fabrics can take and it still will keep the inner layers dry. The inner layer that surrounds the head is also thermal and highly moisture wicking, which is a feature that few other Winter grade expedition hats ever offer. This is an extreme temperature hat and it's designed to start wearing for the first time when the temperatures start dropping below zero, as warmer air temperatures and heavy exertion will probably cause your head to sweat.
The final caviot of this hat is that it will completely pull down over you ears and then the convective cold air flow can be sealed out with the pull tight shock cording and cord loc. At the same time, the shock cording when adjusted tighter will also keep the hat from being wind gusted off of your head or picked off by a tree branch etc. For those explorers that want a non-billed or brimmed Winter expedition grade hat, this is the one for you, bar none! Click here for more information....
XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Windblocking Thermal Wicking Rear Neck Flap Hat - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer - Recommended Temperature Range to -60F (-51C)+ below zero
We've completed the XWick 3.4 TRH Expedition trifecta with the addition of our Rear Neck Flap Hat. This hat is excellent and especially built for high exertion outdoor Winter activities, where there are periods of exertion and periods of rest during varying winds and temperatures, so the body is either generating excessive heat or is cooling off during the rest periods. A Hat in this classification needs to thermally block the wind penetration, provide a medium heat or warmth feel when on the head and at the same time must provide superior moisture wicking to remove the sweat that builds up when hiking or mushing through the hard packed wind blown snow and this hat does it all. It also has a built in rear neck flap to keep the elements and cold air off of the back of the neck when a neck gaiter is not being worn and it has a rear external strap system for locking in your goggle or headlamp straps.
he XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Series Rear Neck Flap Hats pack a combined thermal insulation value of R-3.4, which comes from the combination and function of each of the three layers together, which allows it to better regulate the heat, especially when your day is consisting of 50% or better of physical exertion as your trekking or mushing to one of the Poles.
With the interesting stretch of the 3 technical fabrics and the design cut, we've been able to configure this as a "one size fits most unit". We also built in a "turbo flap" on the inside front edge of the hat that flips up or down and it has been put there for when you really need to seal out the cold from the head winds that are pounding on your upper forehead and you want even more windblocking and warmth protection in that area. Click here for more information>>>>>
Kap Bridgman Expedition Arctic Thermal Hat - Recommended User Range to -100F (-73C) below zero
The dynamics of this hat are very impressive. The base hat with the flaps up is cut to just cover the tips of the ear, yet when you really demand warmth and protection from the wind, the flaps can be pulled down to seal out the elements around the ears, the chin and around the back of the neck. The base hat is built with a 4 layer technical fabric system, the flaps are built with a 3 layer system and we've added the full, yes full baseball cap bill to help keep some of the elements out of your eyes. The thermal regulation of the hat makes it wearable in temps from +20F to -100F. The outer shell of the hat blocks 100% if the wind and is DWR water resistant, so rain, wind or snow is never going to penetrate into the inner layers of the hat. The technical synthetic polyester fabric around the head does a great job in wicking any sweat moisture away from the head as well, while also adding additional warmth to the total layering system package.
This specific hat has been enhanced and upgraded to "expedition" classification, because we have added some additonal features to it for better overall versatility. The first thing that we did was to add a 4 inch long by 2" wide strip of heavy duty "loop" (the soft side) velcro type material to the front area of the hat above the front bill. This was done so that users of head lights or lamps that do not like having the elastic head strap squeezing their head during use, can instead remove the strapping from the light unit, glue securely a section of "hook" (the prickly side) velcro type material to backside of the light unit and then stick it to the front of this hat. We have also installed on both sides of this hat a hook and loop fastening area for the wiring cords of the lights to be fastened that run down to the battery pack stationed inside of the users jacket.
Because the light bulb's also burn out occassionally and to know where the spare bulbs are at all times, be have added a small pocket to the rear left side of the main hat, so you know where to get one when you need it. We place a detachable Technical Advantage logo patch over the front strip of "loop" material on the front, so that you can cover up the loop material when not in use and so that it doesn't look so bare when the light unit is not all hooked up. This hat also has a small hook and loop securing strp assembly sewn into the back inside of the rear of the hat, so that your can adjust the hat tigher around your head. The head size adjusting straps will also allow this hat to size down for user's with Medium size heads as well. An individual with a head that is on the smaller size of the medium head size scale, will experience some puckering of the hat at the back rear edge of the hat when the hook/loop straps are tightened in all of the way, however once the ear flaps are pulled down, any escaping heat is trapped in once again under the sealed flaps. Click here for more information....
Extreme Element Wind Therm Base Layer Tops & Bottoms - Womens & Mens Sizes Available - Built w/Thermal Windblocking Inserts - With Proper Layering good to -100F (-73C)
Front View Backside View Larger TOP Front Side View Larger BOTTOM Front Side View
Larger BOTTOM Backside View
Serious Mountain Climbers & Expeditioners "demand" the warmest, most versatile and innovative Base Layer tops & bottoms that they can find any where in the World and that's exactly why Technical Advantage Gear designed, tested and built the Extreme Element Wind Therm Base Layer System. Our engineered and developed design features a main technical fabric base material that provides "heavyweight" thermal insulating warmth, superior excellence in moisture wicking and transfer and the technical fabric also does an excellent job in regulating the heat that is generated from the high & low temperature extremes that occur during and expedition, therefore leaving you comfortable and dry during the length of time that you have them on. Some of our testers had them on for (9) nine days straight and others for as much as (13) days straight and the concensus was always the same, comfortable and dry during above zero F temperatures and warm and dry during sub-zero temperatures. You won't see them when you look around at others because they're covered up with other layers, but guys and gals running the Iditarod, climbing in the Himalaya's and working down in Antarctica have them on, so look for the smiling face at -50F+ and you'll know who's probably got them one, besides many everyday other less adventurous people as well around the World.
As we like to break down the barriers set by the '"status quo" brands in the market and set the new standard for serious cold weather gear, we have yet again done this with our new Base Layer System. We previously mentioned the excellence of our main base technical fabric, but we've now pushed the limited in innovative design with the addition of the sewn on "inserts" that have been added in strategic locations. The black colored inserts provide Thermal Windblocking Protection, have great Breathability, Abrasion Resistance and are also DWR Water repellent. The stategic locations for additional thermal warmth and windblocking protection are the Chest Core and Bi-cep/Tri-cep areas on the Tops and the Groin, Thighs, Buttock & Hamstrings on the Bottoms. Imagine less stiffness in the thighs and hamstrings and always a warm and dry butt on your next expedition? We also cut the lengths of the tops longer so that they will "never" pull out and expose your lower back to the chilling winds and the sleeves are longer as well. The inseams run longer them the "status quo" designs on the bottoms and we also double stitich the armpit and crotch areas so that you'll never have to worry about blowing out one of those critical seams.
We have blended sizes available for women in the color combination of Aloe Green with the Black inserts as pictured above and in a Moss brownish green color for men, with two sizes available currently for women & men. The womens Base Layer is designed and cut especially for womens bodies and the men's design and cut is specifically for men. Click here for more information>>>>>>
We all have choices when it comes to selecting the right gear to pack on that next polar expedition, mountain climb to the summit or where ever or what ever is tripping our trigger toward the next adventure. Sometimes gear is purchased based on a brand logo that is advertised and promoted well in the local sporting goods or outfitter store. Sometimes its purchased because you want to look like everyone else that has done the same adventure that you're preparing for and still further you've perhaps bought certain gear items because they were the most expensive, so they have to be the best.
What you should be doing before you purchase any of your critical "wearables" for your next Expedition, is to do some research ahead of time before you make your investment. Just because everyone else does something or wears something, doesn't necessarily mean that it is right or for that matter right for you. Also make sure that you find a source that is going to give you more information then you dreamed of, instead of the standard two - three short lines of description information, a pretty picture and a price. Finally, you should make sure that they are involved in active testing of their products prior to release, instead of testing it on the design drafting board, making it look pretty and then having in sewn in China so that they make the most money on the item instead of you getting the best product for your money.
At Technical Advantage our mission is simple and that is to build gear that actually works and does what it say's it's going to do, which is to "Keep You Warmer - Longer" then any other manufacturers gear.