Extreme Element Wind Therm Base Layer System...

...the innovation continues for 2009




.....Available Soon & Coming "First" in 2 Sizes for Women

.....in our Aloe Green & Black External Insert Color Scheme


We don't particularly like the old buzz phase of "thinking outside of the box", rather instead we like to think of the next challenges that we're going to address as "looking around the next corner", because that's usually where we get the buzz and feedback of what's the latest brand or type of gear that's not meeting user expectations for the price that they paid.

Have you ever seen the past TV commercial for a US Company that always used the phase thoughout the advertisement that went something like this, " We don't make the "xxxxxx", we make it better!  We don't make the "yyyyyyy", we make it better and so forth", remember?  Well, yet again in the case of this specific gear item, "WE 'RE GOING TO MAKE A BASE LAYER SYSTEM OURSELVES & WE HAVE MADE IT BETTER!

We've previously shared over the last few months some of our comments and updates related to projects that we were working on and testing, with those comments being shared under our "R&D Testing" Tab that's always available to be clicked on from our main home page and of course we did that with the new Base Layer project we have been working on for quite some time.  Our design and innovation process goes in two different directions, one is to address things that don't exist that need to be created, such as our Drop Pad Neck Gaiters, in order to fill a void or opportunity and the second direction is target existing gear items or clothing articles that need a new perspective as related to actual performance, which we have done with our Mitts, Hats, Straight Neck Gaiters, Dog Jackets and on and on in goes.

The name or term of "base layer" is relatively new in terms of the number of years that it has been in use, but at the end of the day, "long underwear" has been around for years and years and years.  I guess there are still a few out there that may still use the old one piece "union suits" with the rear button trap doors, or others that still have some of the old bulky off-white colored cotton based textured two piece long underwear tops & bottoms sitting in the bottom of a drawer, but at the end of the day we all used what we could find or afford in order to stay a little warmer during the Winter months.  The good thing with long underwear or base layers, is that to some extent the bulkiness has been reduced and new fabric's have been used in making them a little warmer overall.

The traditional cut and design for long underwear or base layer tops and bottoms is to allow the fabric material to slightly hang or to be loose around the skin, which allows for the warm air given off from the body to be somewhat trapped, therefore forming an extra layer of  warmth or insulation.  The draw back is that when under exertion, if the fabric is not designed to wick moisture away from the skin, the warm moist air will turn into wetness that is absorbed into the material, which is most noticeable when you stop the exertion, take a break, start cooling off and you start to notice the wet spots on your back, chest and other areas that start to feel cool or cold.

In more recent years, there is one company that introduced a different style cut for base layers, which for all intensive purposes could be called a compression cut and fit.  It's designed to have a skin tight stretched fit to the body, therefore showing every muscle or body lump in the process, with the only benefit that we can figure out being allowing the bodies heat vapor moisture to dissapate due to the overly stretched material.  As well, we also see issues with no available space to trap any of the bodies warm air for insulating purposes, because the tops and bottoms are built to fit so tight to the skin, therefore as the vapor moisture escapes so does the heat?????  Another thing that perhaps happens as well because of the skin tight fit, is that when you bend over the top pulls out from the bottoms and leaves the lower back exposed to the cold air.

The type of fabric material that base layers are made from are also going to effect the actual performance and will also determine if  you're going to stay warm and dry over the long haul.  The right selection or specification for base fabric material is also going to determine whether you're going to overheat and sweat, or whether you're going to have better regulated warmth and comfort such as in the technical fabrics that we have spec'd for this project.  Some people are looking to switch there base layer purchases over to ones that are made from Merino Wool, but the problem with merino wool is that you "will not" get the total performance that you get from synthetic polyester based technical fabrics and there so called natural wicking ability doesn't hold a card up to what the supreme wicking performance that the materials that we are using for this project offer and ours will do a substantially better job in regulating the heat from the body.



Technical Advantage Wind Therm Base Layer System:



Front View w/Thermal Windblocking Base Layer TOP- Hardfaced Abrasion Resistant - Breathable & DWR Water Repellent External Chest and Arm Inserts - 3 Total Inserts Added to the Tops

(notice the elastic thumb locs inside the sleeve openings for keeping the end of the sleeve down at the wrist when pulling on the next top layer)



Rear View w/Thermal Windblocking Base Layer TOP- Hardfaced Abrasion Resistant - Breathable & DWR Water Repellent External Arm Inserts



Front View w/Thermal Windblocking Base Layer BOTTOM- Hardfaced Abrasion Resistant - Breathable & DWR Water Repellent External Front Thigh & Privates Insert - 2 Inserts Added to the Front Side



Rear View w/Thermal Windblocking Base Layer BOTTOM- Hardfaced Abrasion Resistant - Breathable & DWR Water Repellent External Rear Hamstring & Butt Insert - 2 Inserts Added to the Back Side


The technical "low down", "the scoop" or better yet..."Our 2 Cents Worth" on the Wind Therm Base Layers:

We're proud to say that the first (2) two sizes of Wind Therm base layer tops and bottoms, (Small/Medium & Medium/Large) that we are going to introduce in the colors pictured above, "ALOE" green for the base material and Black for the sewn on inserts, are going to be made available for our "female" base of great Technical Advantage Gear customers!

Sometimes it may seem like we don't care about our female base of customers and that their smaller sizing configurations appear to be an after thought, but that's just not true.  It's always been easier for us in the past to get the men's sizes out for testing because of our male pool of testers in different Winter activities and more challenging to find females to test our gear in the venues that we target to get them tested in.  The trend however has been slowly changing and in the case of "base layers", we did about as much work with women as we did with men and this time out of the release gates, our female customers win!

The main base layer material that we are using, the Aloe Green colored technical fabric, is a heavyweight rated synthetic  polyester fabric that offers excellent outdoor warmth characterics along with supreme moisture wicking capabilities, therefore you "will" stay warm and dry out in the elements with just the main base layer fabric used in both the top's and bottom's.  One of several amazing things about the main base material, the aloe green fabric, is that it alone offers a static thermal insulating R-value greater then what you would find in most, if not all 300 weight or heavyweight rated technical fleece fabrics, yet you do not have all of the bulky thickness to deal with and of course the fleece material only offers breathability and not moisture transfer wicking capability.  Another interesting or amazing thing about the new Wind Therm base layers, is that when you put them on in the house and pull your blue jeans up and over say the bottoms, you "do not", I repeat "do not" feel hot - nor do you sense the sweat starting to run on your body, rather for most people in our tests, you just feel comfortable and know that you have them on.  However with that said, once you bundle up the rest of the way to go outside in the cold weather elements, it's as if a switch was flipped on and you notice a new sense of warmth surrounding your body.  We'll share a few more comments in just a bit.

To bullet proof you to a greater extent from the cold and piercing winds of Winter, we have pattern cut (7)seven inserts that are sewn to the main base material during the assembly process, that have been uniquely developed and added to futher protect some sweet spots on your body.  The technical insert material (black in color), is a 95% plus thermal windblocking, abrasion resistant, breathable and DWR water repellent treated material that provides additional warmth and wind protection in the areas that always can't seem to get enough.  You know like the front crotch area, the front thights, the buttocks and hamstrings in the back on the bottoms and the upper to mid-core area on your chest and the bi-ceps and surrounding areas on each arm.  Again, the seven pattern cut inserts combined or by themselves form what you see in the pictures above.  For some of us using the bottoms during the testing process, the warmer and still dry butt made some of the adventures all worthwhile.

We couldn't cover all of the bases during testing in terms of temperatures and activities, but we did conduct testing in the following areas and in the following approximate temperature ranges as noted by our testers and of course by a few c lowns from around here:

We cut the patterns for these special just for women, with a little added room provided in the hip and thigh areas and of course a slightly tighter waist cut.  All of our tops provide for extra length in the back and front, so that the top always - we mean always stays tucked and secured inside of your pants.  The tops provide for some extra ease space in the breast area and also have a slight taper in at the waist.  The sleeves at the ends have a flat piece of elastic sewn into the inside cuff area, so that you can lock your thumb through it before you put on the next pull over top layer, as we don't want you to lose the end of you base layer sleeve somewhere up your arm.

The sizing for the initial introduction of the Women's Wind Therm Technical Advantage Gear Base Layers, will be released in (2) two blended sizes of "SMALL/MEDIUM and MEDIUM/LARGE.  If you spend anytime studying reference measurements for womens tops and bottoms, you will have a hard time finding any two manufacturer's dimensions ever matching exactly for things like bust, waist, hips, inseam, sleeve, or for any other size to dimension measurement.  You know how it goes, one time the blouse is a size 9 that fits, the next time and a different brand you take a 6, next time and next brand it's a size 8 or 10, all the while your weight has stayed the same, hmmm.  Part of the problem is that they are manufactured in various Countries outside of the USA and their sizing doesn't match domestic standards.  This is not to say that we are going to perfectly fit every female out there, but we think the blended sizing certainly will come closer depending on how you like your base layer to fit.  Some like them loose and some like them tighter around the body, so we'll give you our approximate fitting dimension's by size and then you decide what's best for you!





Approximate USA Womens Sizes Covered:

Size 6, Size 7, Size 8, Size 9

Size 9, Size 10, Size 11, Size 12

Base Layer Top:  Bust Size Range*

33" - 39"

37" - 42"

Base Layer Top Actual Sleeve Length**

29 1/2"

30 1/2"

Base Layer Top Actual Back Length***



Base Layer Bottom Actual Un-stretched Waist Dimension****



Base Layer Bottom:  Waist Size Range*****

27 - 32

29" - 34"

Base Layer Bottom:  Hip Size Range******

35 1/2" - 39 1/2"

37 1/2" - 41 1/2"

Base Layer Bottom:  Actual Inseam Length*******



Sizing Notes:

* Bust Size Dimension:  For bust size range measure just under the arm pits across the fullest point of the bust, around back over the shoulder blades back to starting point.

** Actual Sleeve Length:  Is the un-stretched measurement of the actual base layer top, measured from the base point seam of the collar/sleeve to the tip of the end of the sleeve.

*** Actual Back Length:  Is the un-stretched measurement of the actual base layer top, measured from the bottom seam of the collar in the middle where its seamed with the back top section, proceeding down to the lowest bottom edge of the rear of the base layer top.(for most people, the lower edge of the base layer top will rest down at least half to two-thirds of the way down the buns toward the feet.

**** Actual Un-stretched Waist Dimension:  This is the approximate circumference of the actual waistband on the base layer bottoms in the un-stretched position.

***** Waist Size Range:  Measure around your waistline at the narrowist point, which is generally the natural waistline for most women.

****** Hip Size Range:  Measure around the fullest point of the hip & buttocks area while standing.

******* Actual Inseam Length:  This is the approximate un-stretched inseam length of the actual base layer bottoms, measured from the connection point in the crotch area down to the bottom edge of the leg.

Note:  Based on your own individual measurements as compared to our approximate reference chart above, along with your preferences for a looser or tighter fit, you should be able to figure out which size is going to work best for you.  Sorry, but these will be the only (2) two women sizes to be released for the Winter 2008 - 2009 season.

The "new" Technical Advantage Wind Therm Base Layer's are wonderful to wear outside in the punishing elements of Winter and we don't believe that you will find anything similar in design anywhere else on the Planet and if you did, they would not meet the total performance level that these have been designed to achieve.  Let's review the specifications:

The Wind Therm Base Layer System provides you with the regulated warmth that you demand, but does so without the physical weight and bulk that is a characteristic of other brands of base layers.  This base layer system also provides such a wonderful feel and fit when you have it on, that you probably will forget it's there because it's so comfortable.  The confidence is so high from some of our website viewers and/or customers that some even talked us into selling them some of the remaining prototype test stock to use and take on their Fall 08- Winter 08/09- Spring 09 adventures.  So if you see some people around the globe in some of the coldest weather conditions, still with a big smile on their face, you'll know why.  (Some will be doing the late Fall deer hunting in -20F to -30F in Saskatchewan, others will be working the Antarctica "Summer" construction season in temperatures from -10F to -60F, -80F, -90F, 100F, yet others will be running in the 2009 Iditarod and still others will be summiting some of the major 8000 meter peaks somewhere on the Planet, just to name a few of the activities that we know of)


Technical Advantage Gear....where the innovation continues...


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