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15 December 2015

Research activities for the definition of 'Alpine Proof' standards for sports apparel have started at a new lab in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Tyrol, Austria)

Yesterday on 14 December 2015, the new outdoor lab 'Alpine Proof' by sportswear, textile label polychromelab in collaboration with University Innsbruck (sports sciences and the university's in Dornbirn located textile research institute) and the center for ski-alpine research in Tyrol (Technologiezentrum Ski-Alpin) was officially opened on 2436 meters in the alpine region Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tyrol, Austria. The Tyrolean label polychromelab started with reversible jackets made of intelligent textiles which protect from UV and derive energy for cooling and warming by interacting with UV and infrared light via the construction and color of fabrics; it received for "using textile physics in a bionic color way" the ISPO Award 2014/15. Polychromelab is - like the label's name suggests, closely connected with the research of textiles and apparel. At the opening of the laboratory for outdoor clothing on almost 2500 meters (for tests at extreme, natural weather conditions), the collaboration partners announced to work on the definition of the new textile and clothing standard 'Alpine Proof'. Aim is to deliver criteria which ensure consumers that the trustworthiness of an outdoor product for high mountain regions is given.

Find a video about the new outdoor lab with closer information about 'Alpine Sport Science', 'Textile Physics', 'Clothing Physiology' and 'Felt Air Temperature' on

fig. from left: Michele Stinco (polychromelab GmbH), Benny Pregenzer (Bergbahnen Fiss-Ladis), Harald Gohm (Standortagentur Tirol), Elisabeth Frey (polychromlab GmbH) and Thomas Bechtold (Uni Innsbruck) at the opening of the outdoor laboratory 'Alpine Proof' on 14 December 2015 on 2436 meters on Schönjoch at Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tyrol, Austria. Photo: Fred Einkemmer.

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