NeoShell in the springtime

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4Transitioning into spring means lightweight NeoShell mainly.

Here are some photos of a local physician wearing it.  Although you see snow in the background, these photos show how perfect lightweight NeoShell is for fat tire biking.

 

 

Plus,  a Swiss friend who’s been bringing  great adventures (I took a few and I loved them) to visitors to Guatemala.   Yes, this is a lightweight NeoShell jacket and he’s been enjoying it for a couple of years now –  http://www.viaventure.com/archives/5494

Basic washing instructions

General care for all Polartec® Fabrics 

Keeping your Polartec® fabrics looking new and performing better.
Polartec® fabrics are known for their easy care and lasting durability. Most Polartec® fabric can be washed in warm water and tumbled dry on low and in most cases this will deliver the best post-wash feel and performance.

However, every single Polartec® fabric can be machine washed cold and line dried and a few of our fabrics require it. This approach is the most gentle for the fabric and is also the most energy-efficient. One of the greatest environmental impacts of our clothing is washing and drying over the life of the garment. Using cold water and line drying saves a large amount of energy. And most Polartec® fabrics are stain-resistant (requiring less laundering) and dry extremely quickly on their own.

A few general tips:

•    At Polartec®, we don’t always know what trim or special features clothing companies may have applied to the finished garment. So please refer to the care instructions on the garment in addition to our general suggestions.
•    Front-loading washers are preferred if possible. They are gentler on our fabrics and use less water generally than top-loading agitation-style machines.
•    Turning a fleece garment inside out prior to wash can help preserve its appearance.
•    Detergents and machine-washing in general gradually degrade the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on fabrics. To get the best performance, run an extra rinse cycle, and tumble dry low if garment care instructions allow.
•    Some fabric treatments like Polartec® Power Care™ DWR require warm water and some time in the dryer to be activated. Follow the specific instructions on the bottle when using a fabric treatment product.

General care for Next-to-Skin Fabrics – Polartec® Power Dry® and Polartec® Power Stretch®:

•    100% polyester: Machine wash warm (105F, 40C), tumble dry low.
•    Blends of polyester, nylon, polypropylene, wool, and/or spandex, or where garment care instructions indicate: Cold wash (85F, 30C), line dry.

Next-to-Skin fabrics Polartec® Power Dry® and Polartec® Power Stretch® rely upon mechanical wicking to pull moisture away from the skin. Using too much detergent in the wash cycle or fabric softener in the dry cycle can inhibit the wicking action. Be sure to use light detergent (Polartec® Power Care™ Base Layer Wash) that rinses completely clean and avoid fabric softeners for these fabrics.

Insulation Fabrics: Polarfleece®, Polartec® Classic, Polartec® Thermal Pro®, and Polartec® Wind Pro®. As a general rule, most fabrics in these series can be machine washed warm (105F, 40C), tumble dry low.

Blends of polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and/or spandex, or where garment care instructions indicate: Cold wash (85F, 30C), line dry.

However, consider reducing environmental impact with a cold wash and line dry on all these fabrics. (Note: A few minutes in a dryer on low can improve the softness/fluffiness of the fabric.) Use a clean-rinsing detergent (Polartec® Power Care™ Outerwear Cleaner™). Fabric softener can be used to reduce static cling, but this will also reduce the effectiveness of the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) treatment. If you would like to increase the DWR, we recommend Polartec® Power Care™ DWR to renew the water repellency.

General care for Weather Protection Fabrics (laminates) – Most Polartec® Windbloc® and Polartec® Power Shield fabrics are laminates. When washing is necessary, we recommend using a front-loading washer, cold wash (85F,30C), and a light detergent like Polartec® Power Care™ Outerwear. Refer to garment care labels for drying instructions. When possible, tumble dry low is specified to improve DWR performance. In some instances, however, line dry is required. Remember, line drying is always an energy-saving and safe alternative to dryer use.

Things African

Ama selling 1Lou here…..

Just wanted to let you all know that my wife makes clothing with African fabric.   These aren’t technical fabrics like those featured in Foxwear’s clothing – they’re 100% cotton, beautifully colorful and have lovely patterns.

please contact us if you think you’d like to have clothing made with these fabrics. As always, you get custom sizing absolutely free.

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Poland – better than I ever thought it would be

 

 

 

 

 

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Some illusions die hard. Most people I talk to say visiting Poland would be depressing. But I’m seeing things that show me how much Poland has changed.

Visiting the village my father grew up in has been an education. Roads that I expected to be rutted and primitive were smoothly paved even if they were narrow. Bus stop shelters were everywhere in small villages. Houses and lawns were cleanly manicured.

I allowed myself just 3 days because I thought I would barely enjoy being here. But after borrowing bikes from the owners of a new bed & breakfast in a remodeled 100 year old house, my english – speaking guide and I rode 45 km in the warmest day of the year. With a good map and GPS we didn’t have to stay perfectly on any course and we found one of the roads turning into logging roads which brought us close to the Slovakian border.

Speaking a few phrases of Polish I learned had me feeling better and better; more and more at home. We rode to a village that had been dismantled and moved a few km, with the big fancy train station empty. Hardly any traffic on the small highways in south eastern Poland with scenery as beautiful as any I’ve ever ridden in.

Some of Poland’s bad reputation – at least this part of Poland – comes from the history of the last 100 years. The German and Russian armies came through and did some very bad things over the years and the simple people were removed, wiped out or they just left on their own. Homes were sometimes burned. My father’s couldn’t be located by talking with older residents from the area. But today I found friendly small family farming people and scattered hostels for cyclists in a setting as beautiful as any I’ve ever ridden in. Enough small stores to stay hydrated and fed.

I didn’t expect to find the original house of my father here, just as I didn’t expect the same 10 years ago not very far away in Western Ukraine. Breathing in and smelling the air and plants, taking in the scenery, exchanging greetings with the people – is enough for me. I plan to return for longer, dropping deeper into all of it.

Tired of America? Try Poland for a little while. Two recommendations – stay at this agro-tourism place -Smolnikowe Klimaty – www.bieszczady-smolnikoweklimaty.pl

And hire polishorigins.com if you have any Polish roots or just want to have the trip customized to your liking.

The pictures will speak for themselves.

Cold Weather Layering Basics

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Power Dry Base Layer
Why dress in layers for cold weather activities? Layering allows you to manage moisture, manage heat, and protect yourself from the elements. A layered approach is often more versitile in that it covers a wider range of temperatures. To implement a layered system effectively, you have to understand the purpose of each layer.

Most typical is a three layer approach consisting of:
 

  1. Base Layer – Next to skin, to wick sweat. Can also be a thin thermal layer.
  2. Mid Layer – The insulation layer, consisting of wool, fleece, or thicker technical fabric.
  3. Outer Layer – The shell, meant to block wind, rain, and snow.

Continue reading Cold Weather Layering Basics

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