Polartec, LLC, the developer announced the North American APEX Design Award winners for 2008. The award goes to the best-of-the-best Polartec based garments that will be available to consumers in fall 2008.


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 technical hoodie with street-smart styling, to an innovative maternity layer for active mothers. And the winners are:


· MEC Borderline Hoodie –Polartec Power Stretch with Hardface technology

 · Merrell Tibet Spirit High – Polartec Classic 200

 · Mountain Sprouts Signature Mitt and Bootie Gift Set– Polartec Thermal Pro

 · Core Concepts Carve Full Zip – Polartec Wind Pro with Hardface technology

 · Arc’teryx Gamma SV Hoodie – Polartec Power Shield

 · Westcomb Fusion HX – Polartec Power Shield and Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft

 · US Army Extended Cold Weather Clothing System, Generation III – Polartec Power Dry and Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft

 · Mountain Sprouts Rogue Softshell Jacket – Polartec Thermal Pro with Hardface technology

 · Shebeest Techno Wool Velocity Jersey – Polartec Power Dry with wool

 · Jakfish Eamon Lightweight Hoodie and Ryan Everywhere Pants– Polartec Power Stretch

 · Easymain Female Sportswear Top – Polartec Power Stretch and Polartec Power Dry

 · Marmot Wool Half Zip – Polartec Power Dry with wool

 · Patagonia Velocity – Polartec Power Dry

 · L.L. Bean Mountain Sport Fleece – Polartec Thermal Pro and Polartec Wind Pro with Hardface technology

 · The North Face – TBA at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market


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.