Polartec® Announces 2009 North American APEX Design Award Win

Polartec® today announces its APEX award winners - 12 of the most innovative garments of the year.
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Polartec, LLC, the developer, manufacturer and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics, announces the North American APEX Design Award winners for 2009. This prestigious award goes to the best-of-the-best Polartec® based garments that will be available to consumers in fall 2009. Winners are selected based on the style, function and fit of the garment as well as the most innovative and appropriate uses of Polartec® fabrics in the designs.

This year's winners range from a 100% recycled content baselayer, to a technical winter cycling jersey, to a recycled fleece canine coat. And the winners are:

• Arc'teryx Strato Jacket – 64% recycled Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• Burton Polartec® Power Stretch® Gloves – Polartec® Power Stretch®
• Core Concepts Plush Pullover – Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• Cutter Tech Knickerbocker - Polartec® Power Shield® with Hardface®
• Eddie Bauer First Ascent Point Success Jacket – Polartec® Wind Pro® and Polartec® Power Stretch®
• Kathmandu Ltd Hub and Velodrome Cycling Jackets – Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface® and Polartec® Power Stretch®
• Mountain Hardwear Polartec® Power Stretch® Jacket – Polartec® Power Stretch® with Hardface®
• Patagonia Capra Jacket and Hoody – 79% recycled Polartec® Thermal Pro®
• Patagonia Phil's Fleece – 51% recycled Polartec® Thermal Pro® with 40% raw wool
• Peckham USMC FR Grid Fleece Shirt –Polartec® Power Dry® Flame Resistant
• Ruff Wear Climate Changer™ Fleece Jacket – 87% recycled Polartec® Classic 200
• The North Face El Cap – 100% recycled Polartec® Power Dry®

In addition to a Tiffany crystal award and bragging rights for a year, winners can participate in a custom hangtag program promoting these products at the consumer level. Polartec® also provides additional marketing support through product placement with media and events. Past winners can testify that the Polartec® APEX Design Award drives sell-through.

About Polartec, LLC
Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer, and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the military and the best clothing brands in the world. For more information, visit www.polartec.com

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