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Montane’s Designs For Extreme Environments

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Montane, known for its innovative, breathable clothing for extreme environments, has developed a two-piece, expedition-specific down jacket and salopettes combo, named Apex 8000, for use at high altitudes or on polar expeditions.

New for autumn/winter 2020, the Apex 8000 duo has been developed as one of the most breathable down suits of its kind in conjunction with leading mountaineers and tested in high, extreme environments of 8000m+.

Both the Apex 8000 jacket and salopettes offer box-wall construction throughout to achieve optimum thermal efficiency. The down suit features the highest performance water-resistant internal coatings, including being filled with 850+ water resistant, fluorocarbon-free HyperDRY goose down for exceptional protection against the coldest temperatures on Earth.  

Global Marketing Manager Matthew Hickman said, “We are extremely proud and excited to launch our Apex 8000 jacket and salopettes, a two-piece system which, due to its unrivalled breathability and key features, will help to transform the expedition experience for many over years to come. Designed with Montane’s ‘Further. Faster.’ philosophy at front of mind, the Apex 8000 suit is a piece of expedition gear which makes no compromise to functionality or features resulting in key insulation for the wearer whilst repelling and protecting against the most extreme environments on Earth.”

Key features of the jacket include articulated arms for high reach movement in addition to a fully adjustable insulated helmet-compatible hood and protective face aperture baffle designed to accommodate an oxygen mask. PrimaLoft insulation in the shoulders and lower back allows for warmth to be retained when under pressure as synthetic fill resists compression and maintains its shape better than down, helping to enhance overall performance.

The salopettes include articulated knees and gusset for freedom of movement in addition to extra durable three-way side zips with insulated internal storm flap and press snaps to prevent snow ingress whilst venting. The fixed braces have hook and loop adjustability plus silicon gripper and harness compatibility fly zip with double insulated storm flaps. There is also passive technology involved as the fabrics work together to create the optimal internal environment which is warm and dry at high altitudes.

The outcome of rigorous testing, the Apex 8000 suit represents inspired integration of science and practical experience.  Scientific testing was performed in cold chambers to quantify important indicators such as internal temperatures and relative humidity during rest and activity. Designers worked extensively with Montane’s high altitude athletes both in the field and in laboratory conditions, pushing the suit to its limits.

Sold separately but designed as a two-part system, the Apex 8000 jacket and salopettes are unisex and available in ‘firefly orange’. Both are available for purchase now either online from Montane or at selected retailers.

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