Chilly crags, half-frozen trails and backcountry corn snow are all equally fine playgrounds for our R2® Jacket. This Regulator® fleece jackets highly refined construction and fabric traps heat and breathes freely, with the main body relying on high-loft Polartec® Thermal Pro® recycled polyester fabric, which is superlight, wicking, compressible, stretchy and soft. An R1® Polartec Power Dry® high/low grid panel runs along the underside of the arms, down the sides and across the lower-front torso to improve fit, mobility and range. The cuffs have discreet, on-seam thumb loops; the softly lined inner collar and kissing-welt zipper garage are soft on the neck and chin; Sonic/Stitch seam construction reduces bulk on the center-front zipper; offset shoulder seams stay clear of pack straps; zippers close the external pockets (one chest and two handwarmers, above harness line), while the handwarmer pocket bags double as internal mesh drop-in pockets.
In 1993, we adopted fleece into our product line made from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic soda bottles. We were the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to do so. PCR® clothing was a positive step towards a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects people’s health.
Today, we’re able to utilize more sources for recycled polyester and offer it on more garments such as Capilene® baselayers, shell jackets, board shorts, and fleece. We now recycle used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn out garments (including our own) into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.
Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on petroleum as a raw material source, curbs discards and reduces toxic emissions from incinerators.
- Directionally knit Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabric is breathable, compressible, wicks moisture and dries quickly; with a superior warmth-to-weight ratio
- R1® Polartec® Power Dry® high/low grid on side panels, underarms and lower torso for improved fit, shape retention and abrasion resistance
- Refined technical fit, reduced underarm lift, and offset seams for comfort under outerwear and packs
- Center-front zipper has Sonic/Stitch seam construction to reduce bulk and improve suppleness; with a soft, kissing-welt zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort
- Discreet on-seam thumb loops provide added coverage
One left chest pocket and two high handwarmer pockets have Slim Zip installs, clean-finished zipper garages, and are harness- and pack-compatible; two internal drop-in mesh pockets
- Body: 6.1-oz Polartec® Thermal Pro® 97% polyester (63% recycled)/3% spandex. Side panels: 6.8-oz Polartec® Power Dry® 93% polyester (41% recycled)/7% spandex. Fabric is bluesign® approved
- 391 g (13.8 oz)
- Polartec, LLC Textile Mill:
In 1981, we worked with Polartec to co-develop our Synchilla® fleece. Now more than 30 years later, they still create many of our technical fleece and knit baselayer fabrics. They were an early adopter of recycled polyester technology, and their extensive use of recycled fibers has helped us balance environmental responsibility and innovative performance in our most technical materials. They were also the first supplier in the U.S. to produce bluesign® approved fabrics. Since 2008, they have invested almost 2.4 million into energy conservation technology that has reduced their carbon footprint by 13% and their electricity consumption by 24%.
- Supertex Colombia Sewing Factory:
At their two sewing factories in Colombia, Supertex makes swimwear products and midlayer technical fleece garments for us. To set their employees up for success, they established a training school at their main Colombian factory in Cali, where new workers are paid for three months of skills development before joining the sewing team. They also hold an annual Kaizen initiative in which teams of workers present ideas for water, waste, energy and productivity improvements. Each team whose project is implemented is awarded 10% of the first-year savings. In the next two years, Supertex will be launching this program in their other factories as well.
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