ExOfficio® Sol Cool™ Ultimate Hoody Receives 2014 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award
The ExOfficio® Sol Cool Ultimate Hoody has been honored as a recipient of a 2014 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in de
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, presented every winter since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.
The ExOfficio Sol Cool Ultimate Hoody, available for men and women, was one of only 12 innovative products that have been honored with a 2014 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award. The Sol Cool Ultimate Hoody fabric features Icefil® technology which blends Xylitol into the fibers. Xylitol, a compound also found in the birch tree and mint gum, cools skin up to five degrees upon contact with moisture, which is efficiently wicked away to the fabric surface. Sol Cool additionally has the highest sun protection rating for a garment, UPF 50+.
"BACKPACKER gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured," Lewon said. “That’s because no other magazine or website conducts field-testing as rigorously or impartially as the crew led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise in multiple pursuits from climbing to paddling to skiing. Under Kristin’s leadership, they put new products through punishing real-world abuse in the toughest terrain and worst weather. She also oversees a transparent process that has earned an unrivaled level of trust from readers, retailers, and manufacturers. The result? Best-in-class reviews that lead consumers to best-in-class gear."
“I can speak for all of us at ExOfficio by saying how thrilled we are to learn that the Sol Cool Ultimate Hoody was chosen for this award,” said Bill Inman, Director of Design for ExOfficio. “To be recognized as a superior product after such thorough testing is truly an honor.”
The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map.
ExOfficio celebrates the traveler by crafting garments that allow them to experience the world unhindered. ExOfficio was born in 1987 when our founders discovered the need for technical apparel that performs as gear. They engineered a shirt with the functions of a fly-fishing vest, the ventilation of a cool breeze and the construction of a men’s dress shirt. We put the same thought into every detail for garments that will enhance any adventure. ExOfficio is devoted to enhancing worldly exploration through clothing that packs well, performs and is durable enough for a lifetime. ExOfficio is sold internationally in specialty outdoor, fly-fishing, travel and luggage stores. Products are available in ExOfficio retail stores and online. For more information, visit www.exofficio.com.
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