GE Congratulates OMM on “5-star” Award from Trail Magazine

Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) Cypher Smock jacket honored with top award for its light weight and breathability.
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KANSAS CITY, MO.—GE (NYSE: GE) today celebrated its customer, Original Mountain Marathon’s (OMM), award of the prestigious 5-star rating for one of its waterproof breathable jackets from Trail magazine. This top rating is given to less than 10 percent of the products reviewed.

Reviewer Graham Thompson raved about the products saying “The design is free of too many seams as these add weight and reduce breathability. The hood is particularly good as it has a large wired peak, and the fit and movement with the head are outstanding.”

The award winning product also benefitted from using GE’s award-winning eVent® Fabrics collection of waterproof-breathable fabrics.Thompson noted:

“But perhaps the most important feature is the fabric – eVent, a well-proven material that has excellent breathability and durability, due in part to its three-layer construction. So in terms of condensation it is far better than all the two-layer fabrics such as Gore Paclite for example.”

Read the entire review of the OMM Cypher Smock jacket at http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/Gear-Reviews/Search-Results/Waterproofs/OMM-Cypher-Smock-2010/.

Glenn Crowther, product line leader for performance fabrics at GE said:

"We're so happy for our customer OMM to have their product recognized as the top ranked. We are obviously delighted that our eVent membranes have been recognized by industry experts as a leading waterproof breathable technology." 

OMM came to GE looking for a waterproof breathable fabric that would give its customers an extreme lightweight feel and the ultimate in breathability. The OMM Cypher Smock is a lightweight jacket from the company known for giving its users some of the lightest weight garments around. OMM prides itself on running the first, largest and most famous mountain marathon in the world and developing lightweight gear to help its users reach their goals.

“When designing products for our marathon competitors we always choose what’s best for the athletes. GE has the best solution with eVent® Fabrics so the decision was simple,” said Andy Williams, communications director for OMM. “The review in the magazine reflects the experience of our users.Cypher Smock jacket is ‘best in class’ and used by the ‘best in class’ athletes.”

GE continues to supply a full range of ePTFE membranes to customers in the outdoor, snowsports and cycling industries for their own branded uses in a wide variety of applications.

“At GE, we recognize that the outdoor industries are operating in a changing retail environment, one that’s hungry for unique product and new technology,” Crowther said. “With GE’s customer-focused strategy, we can enable our family of customers to pioneer true innovations in waterproof-breathable apparel, footwear and gear. We’re excited to bring the GE global reputation for technology and innovation to our customers in the outdoor industry.”

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