Exofficio – Each summer Jetsetters Magazine reviews an outdoor gear company that is excelling in developing new and innovative products. This year we chose ExOfficio because of their expanded line of Dri-release and Fresh Guard outdoors and travel apparel.
I certainly was thrilled to see the high performance shirts that they are manufacturing with moisture wicking, speed drying, odor resistance, and wrinkle resistance elements. Their shirts have under arm baffles to keep you cool and keep you from smelling like crocodile breath. I really liked the Men’s Sportsman shirt at only 5.5 oz and constructed of 92% polyester and 8% cotton. It features a right chest security zip pocket, and two Napoleon front chest pockets and wrap-around side panels. Click the photos for more detail on pricing and ordering of products.
Another great choise is the ExOfficio Reef Runner Lite Long-Sleeve Shirt, which combines sun protection with breathable construction; this ExOfficio long-sleeve shirt is ideal for the tropical traveler. Fabric provides UPF 30+ sun protection, shielding skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Lightweight mesh under arms and side panels create superb ventilation when the temperature rises. Machine washable. Nylon construction is quick drying and wicking. Roll-up sleeve tabs offer versatility in warm weather. Zippered chest pockets secure small travel essentials; gadget pocket with Velcro brand closure on left chest.
Ex-Officio’s Dri-release line of clothing is a mircoblend fabric that is soft, but rugged, comfortable but still perfect for high energy activities such as swamp crawling in the Cork Screw Preserve. Dri-release is a combination of blended synthetic and natural fibers that accelerates the water release rate of wet fabric. Rather than just spreading moisture across the surface, dri-release actually pushes it to the outside of a garment and into the air, releasing water and perspiration faster than any other performance fabric on the market. Dri-release eliminates the wet, heavy feeling as well as skin chafing in hot, humid conditions. It also protects against chills and hypothermia in cold, wet conditions.
ExOfficio’s Dri-release product’s also contain FreshGuard which prevents odor, a common problem in performance fabrics. The FreshGuard odor neutralizer is embedded in all Dri-release fabrics and works by blocking odor-causing body oils from attaching to the fabric — stopping the attraction of odor-causing bacteria. I noticed, though, that the FreshGuard protection tends to fade after about 25 washings, so maybe hand washing is the ticket to retain this feature.
For 2007, ExOfficio is introducing a variety of new men’s and women’s Dri-release apparel options.
New men’s Dri-release styles by ExOfficio include the ExO DriGill Shirt ($75) featuring a wrap-around ventilation system, invisible button down collar, roll-up sleeve tabs, and an innovative stacked pocket system at the chest for plentiful storage of essentials. Top selling carry-over styles include the Tee ($34) and L/S Crew ($40). All layering and stand-alone options dry quickly; wick perspiration offers a soft touch, plus it is resistant to pilling, wrinkling and static cling.
The new women’s 2007 Dri-release options consist of the ExO Dri Pointelle Tank ($28), Pointelle V ($30), Pointelle Tee ($30), and Pointelle Hoody ($40). Go-To Dri styles include the Cap Sleeve ($32), Go-To Dri Tank ($35), Go-To Dri Shelf Cami ($35), and Tee ($32). ExOfficio G3 Dri release options include the Tank Dress ($55), Dress ($60), G3 Capri ($50), G3 Pant ($52), and Skort ($50). All styles will keep you cool, dry, odor-free and comfortable no matter what the activity, trip itinerary ,or weather has in store. The ExO Dri offering also boasts a soft fabric, great shape and color retention, and resistance to static cling.
Since 1987, Seattle-based ExOfficio has created adventure clothing with state-of-the-art technical features and performance benefits that focus on one goal – enhanced comfort. ExOfficio President, Rick Hemmerling, was nominated in Travel + Leisure’s April 2006 issue as one of the top travel innovators worldwide working to make travel better.
ExOfficio is distributed through specialty outdoor, fly-fishing, travel, and luggage stores across the United States and throughout the world. Products are also sold via ExOfficio retail store locations and online. ExOfficio supports World Concern, Northwest Medical Teams, the African Wildlife Foundation and the Conservation Alliance annually with financial, in kind and human resource support. For more ExOfficio, scroll down..
Zero Restriction Outerwear — a division of Hallam, Pa.-based Red Lion Mfg., Inc., manufactures quality golf wear one stitch at a time, and their garments are rich with cool features.
ZR Outerwear provides complete freedom of movement and overall comfort, so the numerous patented technological features work together to guarantee an unrestricted golf swing in any climate or condition.
The company’s men’s and ladies’ lines each include waterproof rainwear, technical windproof wear, and wind fashion wear.
Accessories include hats, gloves, and care products. A kids and juniors line will be introduced in the near future, as will bags, head covers, and golf-cart seat covers.
ZR Outerwear has been the choice for not only discerning golfers of all handicap levels, but also for United States teams competing in the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup, Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, PGA Match Cup, Palmer Cup, Junior World Cup, and World Amateur.
For more information on ZR Outerwear go to www.zerorestriction.com
ZR is the leading supplier of outerwear on all three major professional tours. ZR products are sold in the finest golf shops and golf specialty stores in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Travel Accessory That Could Save Your Life
This summer’s must-have travel accessory could end up saving your life and the lives of members of your family.
Coventry, England-based FireAngel, which produce high technology safety products such as smoke alarms and fire protection devices, has developed portable carbon monoxide alarms small enough to fit into hand luggage, with prices starting from as little as £19.99.
The issue of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels abroad hit the headlines in October last year when a seven-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy were found dead in a room in Corfu. The British brother and sister had been poisoned by a gas boiler next to their room.
More recently the effects of carbon monoxide has been reported in caravans as well as on boats.
Since the tragedy hundreds of people have enquired about portable carbon monoxide detectors to take on holiday.
FireAngel, produces a range of detectors, including a battery operated digital carbon monoxide poisonous gas alarm and a non-digital version, both of which can easily be taken on holiday abroad.
The products are independently tested to British and European Standards and are available at most leading retailers, including B&Q, Boots, Mothercare, Focus, Homebase, Tesco, and Waitrose.
You can not see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide but it’s a killer. The symptoms are also very vague — headaches, tiredness, and nausea — things that would make you just go to bed, but it’s important to get outside and get fresh air in these circumstances.
Travelers should not panic as the vast majority of holiday accommodations home and abroad maintain high standards of safety and have rigorous testing, but Fire Angel is offering a little more peace of mind.
Carbon monoxide comes from a number of sources, including gas appliances, wood-burning stoves, butane or propane appliances, and exhaust fumes from petrol and diesel engines in close proximity to properties.
For more information visit www.fireangel.co.uk