Devold – Expedition Arctic Pro base-layer
Woolmark licensee Devold of Norway was founded in 1853. Working with wool throughout its 170-year history, the company today produces apparel for sports and outdoor enthusiasts.
The company’s new Expedition Arctic Pro base-layer has been awarded an ISPO Award, which is a major seal of approval from ISPO, the world’s leading sports and outdoor trade show. The base-layer also received an honourable mention in the ‘She is Outdoors’ 2023 women’s gear awards. The men’s and a women’s version were launched this year in time for the northern hemisphere autumn and winter.
The Expedition Arctric Pro base-layer consists of a combination of three different fabric/knit structures – a wool terry, a two-layer wool knit with silk, and a Merino wool mesh – which are each located in the parts of garment where they can most benefit the different body zones of the wearer.
The soft and thick wool terry covers the upper part of the torso around the heart where most of the insulation is needed. The main part of the base-layer is a two-layer wool knit, where the inner layer is Merino wool and the outer layer is a blend of 90% Merino wool and 10% silk – this allows moisture to be transported from the inner layer to the outer layer where it can evaporate. The third structure is a mesh made of Merino wool, which is used only in the sweat zones of the body – under the arms and in the lower back – which helps keep the body surface dry and wick moist air and sweat to the outside.
The ISPO Award jury listed the following attributes as reasons why the garment won the award: highly warm, moisture regulating through body mapping, antibacterial and antistatic, fast drying, consists only of natural fibres and is biodegradable, and versatile because it can also be used as a mid-layer.
“We are so happy and humbled to receive the ISPO Award. It means so much to us as a brand that people out there really see and understand all the fantastic properties the wool is capable of, just by using it in different ways,” said Devold Designer Christine Haraldstad-Sindum.