Which innovative brands took home the coveted Malden trophy?

Polartec named the winners of its 2017 Polartec Apex Awards, an annual design award program celebrating the finest products made from Polartec fabrics, and the designers behind them. The winning products were selected based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec fabric technologies.

Every year, Polartec collaborates with its partners to push the possibilities of design innovation and discovery. “With craft and vision, together we bring new ideas to the forefront of product design,” according to the Apex Awards’ website. “This is how we shape the future of fabric design.”


The Winners

  • Adidas W Terrex Agravic Alpha Hooded Shield Jacket with Polartec Alpha insulation. Tim Maud, Designer
  • Arc’teryx Nyara Wrap with Polartec Thermal Pro fleece, available S18. Edita Hadravska, Designer
  • Blackyak Hybrid Combat Shirt with Polartec Power Grid fleece. David Randall, Designer
  • Burton Minturn Hooded Full-Zip Fleece with Polartec Classic shearling fleece, available F17.
  • Citera Neocity-65 Jacket with Polartec NeoShell. Naoki Ei, Designer
  • Fox Racing Attack Pro Jersey with Polartec Delta cooling fabric, available S18. Jake Theno, Designer
  • Mountain Hardwear Atherm Hooded Jacket with Polartec Alpha Direct, Polartec Alpha, and Polartec High Loft insulations.
  • Norrøna Lofoten Power Shield Pro Alpha Jacket with Polartec Power Shield Pro and Polartec Alpha insulation. Norrøna R&D Department, Designers.
  • Oiselle W Flyout Short and Long Sleeve Tops with Polartec Delta cooling fabric. Nelle Horsley, Designer
  • P1G-Tac FRS Delta Field Training Shirt with Polartec Delta cooling fabric. Konstantyn Lesnik, Oleksandr Polevara, Valery Chernenko, Artem Livushevsky, Designers, 281Z Development Group
  • Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket with Polartec NeoShell fabric. Nick Kemp, Designer

Every winner is an embodiment of Polartec fabric innovation and design inspiration, and the winning designers are being recognized with a Malden statue, an industry award unlike any other, and images celebrating the Science of Fabric. The Malden trophy is named for the Malden Mills textile mill, the birthplace of Polartec and a center of American fabric innovation for decades. Watch how the trophy is made below.

Photos and video courtesy Polartec