ActiveGearReview.com, Shannon Fonger, January 2015, US
Capilene® 4 is the thickest of the Capilene fabric line and is designed to keep you dry and warm whilst with the addition of Polygiene® technology you can keep your layers smelling clean. The Pro Zip-Neck has been amazing, in one week I was able to run 4 days in a row, wear it for 3 ski days, and bum around the house. Not one, “Oooh, you stink!” comment was made and over two months I have washed it only a few times.
Pro Zip-Neck has been amazing, in one week I was able to run 4 days in a row in the top, wear it for 3 ski days, and bum around the house before and after these adventures. Not one, “Oooh, you stink!”
For starters, Capilene® is a polyester wicking fiber that is composed of 35% or more recycled content. There are various weights of Capilene®, with Capilene® 4 is the thickest and warmest of the Capilene fabric line, making it perfect for cold weather pursuits. While Polygiene® helps to keep your layers smelling clean. Polygiene® is an anti-bacterial agent that has been incorporated into the garment, which allows you to extend the garments number of wears before washing. Both Polygiene® and Capilene® are bluesign approved, which means they are made in the most eco-friendly industry standards during production.
My husband will tell you, my base layers tend to smell after only one wear. Apparently, I produce a great medium for bacteria to grow and make a top or bottom smell! The Patagonia Women’s Capilene® 4 Pro Zip-Neck has been amazing, in one week I was able to run 4 days in a row in the top, wear it for 3 ski days, and bum around the house before and after these adventures. Not one, “Oooh, you stink!” comment was made. I have had the garment for just over two months and I have washed it only a few times. The idea behind this addition to the garment is to not set records for lack of washing, rather reduce the garments eco-footprint.
Patagonia Capilene® 4 Pro Zip-Neck and Boot Bottoms
I’ve been testing the Patagonia Capilene® 4 Pro Zip-Neck for the past 2 months. I have been wearing the top for just about every outdoor pursuit I can think of. When running, I was comfortable in the top and a light Gore wind jacket in temperatures as low as the teens. While skiing, I have paired the top with my Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket and a shell, and been toasty in the single digits. I am sure the top will come to good use come shoulder and summer seasons as well.
As detailed above, the Patagonia Women’s Capilene® 4 Pro Boot Bottoms feature Polygiene fabric. I have to admit, I have not washed my bottoms for an entire week and you cannot tell at all. I have skied at the resort, hiked, and cross country skied in them. Plus, I have worn them pre and post adventure. The fabric truly works!
Washing and drying accounts for two thirds of the environmental impact of a product. Polygiene treated textiles do not need to be washed as often, which saves water, energy, time and money as well as improve the lifespan of a product. With Polygiene you can wear more, wash less and be climate smart!
Sweet protection is a fellow Scandinavian company at the forefront of ski/snowboard, whitewater and bike protection and clothing. As innovation, function and the environment is a mutual driver for us both we are happy support Sweet’s mantra to ‘create the best equipment possible’.
Sweet protection is a fellow Scandinavian company at the forefront of ski/snowboard, whitewater and bike protection and technical clothing. As innovation, function and the environment is a mutual driver for us both, we are happy to support Sweet’s mantra to ‘create the best equipment possible’.
Sweet Protection and Polygiene have teamed up to provide an odor free experience for much of the mountain bike collection and a wide selection of snow and bike helmets.
”We use Polygiene Technology in most of our helmets and in all bike jerseys because you’ll stay fresh and odourless for a long period of time, over and over again. With Polygiene you definitely don’t have to endure the awful stink coming from polymer fabrics. The fact that it’s a sustainable technology and Bluesign approved is very important to us as well”, says Ståle Möller, head of design.
Polygiene and Sweet protection have been partners for a number of seasons. Although they only started out in Trysil in 2000 and created one of their first helmets with snowboard legend, Terje Håkonsen, Sweet Protection now have a presence all over the globe and are intent on developing their ‘seamless flow of feel and function, distinctive in design and style’.
Building a sustainable future
Polygiene works closely with many of the leading outdoor brands to deliver on a vision for the environment by using textiles in a more sustainable way, encouraging consumers to wash less and, wherever possible, to recycle Polygiene treated products.
Teaming up with scent control specialists Polygiene, who provide cutting-edge silver-salt (silver chloride) technology and an almost perfect concept for odor neutralization, is a big development in Sitka’s 2015 range.
Wide Open Spaces got an exclusive look at the Sitka’s CORE Lightweight Crew, Polygiene-treated shirt, “and though we’ve yet to take it on any extended hunts (and truly test the lifespan) so far it has passed with flying colors.” -WideOpenSpaces.Com