Building a jacket that’s more than waterproof

February 1st, 2022

British adventure clothing brand Vollebak has launched a jacket it says is not just waterproof, it’s waterfall proof. The outer layer of the company’s Waterfallproof Puffer was inspired by the famously waterproof lotus leaf, which may look completely flat, but the surface is covered with microscopic bumps that cause water droplets to roll off it, […]

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A new class of human-powered bioelectronics

January 1st, 2022

A team of bioengineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has invented a novel, soft and flexible self-powered bioelectronic device. The technology converts human body motions, from bending an elbow to subtle movements, such as a pulse on one’s wrist, into electricity that could be used to power wearable and implantable diagnostic sensors. The researchers […]

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Fabric transforms camper design

April 1st, 2019

What’s the bottom line for camping gear? For many outdoorspeople, it comes down to fabric that is waterproof yet airy and comfortable, along with convenience and a dash of style. A new camper that is more like a geodesic dome on wheels checks those boxes. A collaboration between BMW Design Works Division and The North […]

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Reversible all-weather tent

January 1st, 2019

Cool in the summer, warm in the winter and waterproof in a rainstorm, the weatherHYDE tent is built for people who like to enjoy the great outdoors all year long. In fact, maker Billion Bricks Ltd., a Singapore-based nonprofit design and technology studio, also envisions the tent as a humanitarian response to a serious problem—global […]

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A dome tent that breathes

August 1st, 2018

Jotaro Yoshida, founder of the Japanese sporting goods company Locus Gear, found inspiration for his latest dome tent in a dream. While staying in a mountain hut, Yoshida dreamed that his grandfather visited him and told him to build a tent. That motivated him to develop the Djedi Dome tent—which took four years and included […]

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A tent for the trees

June 1st, 2018

Hammocks are popular once again as people realize they provide a great way to relax effortlessly outdoors. For hikers and campers, they offer a lightweight way to rest with ease. But how about a hammock that is also a tent? Tentsile, the London, England-based manufacturer of tree-camping tents, has introduced a solo tree tent that […]

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OS2O brings eVent fabrics’ technology to Spanish market

November 11th, 2015

eVent fabrics®, Kansas City, Mo., has added OS2O of Aragon, Spain, to the group of brands that use its patented air permeable and waterproof membrane technology and fabrics. OS2O reaches outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers in Spain through five retail stores and its online shop, specializing in apparel for mountaineers, trail runners and trekkers. OS2O’s new […]

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Outdoor brand bags balloon fabric

October 1st, 2015

A client of True Mountain, an outdoor apparel manufacturer in Preston, Lancashire, U.K., asked for a promotional item for a trail running group. Company founders Tim Butcher and Jojo Burns created a shoe bag to separate dirty trail shoes from clean gear in a kit bag, but the waterproof fabric they tried on the prototype […]

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Reduce stretch on boat covers

March 1st, 2008

Problem: Boat covers with fabrics that stretch too much sag, pool, leak and eventually develop mold and mildew. Solution: The patented finish on Nautex Premium, which is both breathable and waterproof, dramatically reduces stretch (less than 0.5 percent), prevents growth of mold and mildew, and reduces rust and corrosion. SOURCE Sattler North America Corp.

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