The New Marmot Wool Half-Zip

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The folks at Marmot are saying that their new Wool Half-Zip is “a glimpse into the future of base layers.” When you consider that they’re using coconuts in their design you may have to conclude that they might be onto something.

The Marmot Wool Half-Zip uses a unique combination of natural and synthetic fabrics that provide impressive warmth and comfort.

The cold weather top employs the latest version of Polartec Power Dry, which uses soft-spun wool on the outside layer that is designed to keep you warm even when wet. The wool outer provides insulation from the elements and pulls moisture away from the body.

The inside layer is made from polyester, which Marmot describes as being highly breathable and comfortable next to the skin. What makes the Marmot Wool Half-Zip unique, however, is that the polyester fabric is fused with fibers derived from coconut husks. These fibers, known as Cocona, increase wicking ability and offers more odor control and sun protection than any other brand of performance fabric.

Cocona is derived from would-be discarded or “upcycled” coconut shell husks. The husks are then processed into activated charcoal carbon and blended into a polyester matrix, which is spun into a fiber and then knit into a base layer fabric. Cocona is integral to the fiber, is naturally occurring and cannot wash or wear out.

Cocona dries incredibly fast, controls odor naturally without the use of anti-microbial treatments, and provides UV protection (rated UPF 40+), all the while providing outstanding comfort and naturally enhanced performance that lasts a lifetime.

The Marmot Wool Half-Zip is machine washable and is available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

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