Until global warming fully engulfs us in warm, apocalyptic
doom, designers of winter clothing will tirelessly experiment, test and tweak
new ways of fighting the blaring cold, and every season new breakthroughs will
be made. Traditionally, Mountain Hardwear had sought to perform this fight
solely by using advanced shells and insulation designed to knock wind down and
keep body heat in. However, they've turned to the eternal solver of all
problems-electricity- to help in the good fight.
A new line of Mountain Hardwear liners, produced in
conjunction with Ardica, will be wired for electrical heat. The Refugium (Men's)
and Radium (Women's) liners can be purchased and worn on their own or inside of
the Refugium/Radium Trifecta shells. The Ardica Moshi System lithium ion
battery pack, which contains heat pods itself, will be sold separately, so the
jackets can function as traditional performance outerwear or wearable
automation, depending on just how cold you are. The battery pack slips into the
back of the liner, where it provides heat to your back and taps into the
prewired heat system on your chest. Three separate heat settings allow you to
adjust to the perfect level.
Perhaps more interesting than the electrical heat, is a USB
charger in the pocket. Use the USB charger to recharge those ever-important
personal electronics such as MP3 players, cell phones and GPS navigators, so
you'll never get caught out in the woods without the device you need. The
battery pack will provide up to 8 hours of heat or 20 charges. Once drained, it
will take about two hours to charge in a wall outlet.
Heated jackets and outerwear have been done, and so have
power station jackets and gear, usually using solar power. Mountain Hardwear,
however, took an innovative step in intuitively combining these two functions
into a versatile, multi-function winter liner/jacket system. Whether you do any
serious backcountry trekking or simply walk around the neighborhood and
frequently forget to charge your cell phone, Mountain Hardwear has made your
life a little easier and more comfortable. The fact that all wiring is done in
the liner makes it an excellent 3-season solution.
Refugium and Radium liners to begin retail in Fall 2009.
Our guest blogger, Chris Weiss, is a freelance writer and outdoors enthusiast. He loves gadgets and
new innovations of all kinds, but particularly those that help protect him out
in the wilderness and keep him from getting lost and eaten by grizzlies.