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  1. Acronym.

    "Alpha is (last I checked) notorious for its poor durability" With a woven insulation like Alpha I think there is some advantage for lifespan vs loose fills as it won't settle or clump. A bit surprised to hear that it's notoriously poor as my own experience with Alpha has been positive, up to this point.
  2. arcteryx veilance

    Not sure if much will change for Veilance as the main company has already been sold to a conglomerate and the aim to increase margins and DTC business has been pretty plain to see in the moves that have been made overall, but still... this will be interesting to watch.
  3. Urban Techwear

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90205090/the-first-graphene-jacket-is-here-and-its-magical "Magical"
  4. Acronym.

    I don't believe it would impact the durability and performance too much. The main risk of leaving the edge unfinished and raw would be of the laminate peeling apart from the edge, with a teflon based membrane sticking together fabric layers isn't trivial, and having this run splitting the fabric apart from the edge. This splitting risk looks to be mitigated against by additional stitching behind the edge to stabilize it. I'd expect the main risk factors to impact performance and durability of the jacket would be the same as most waterproof breathable laminates: DWR degradation and oil contamination. I don't see these two factors impacted by the jacket directly, but if someone were to wash the jacket less in an effort to reduce the fraying there would be an increase risk of body oil build up and contamination. Time will tell.
  5. Acronym.

    Sweat and oils are really bad for laminated fabrics. Both for performance and longevity. I wonder if post fabric production dyeing or other processes may have striped any oleophobic (oil repellent) treatment the fabric may have had.
  6. Urban Techwear

    Fractional reserve standard doesn't have quite the same marketing ring to it.
  7. Your biggest issue with techwear is ?

    Style>substance. Surface>depth. The trap of viewing of techwear as a styling of clothes, or worse shopping from an approved list of brands, over thoughtful design and the affordances that the combination of technology and design brings.
  8. Nice work and congratulations on getting the weight down. The lower limit for the other ultralight 3-layer taped garments seems to be around the 120ish gram range and that's with minimal features. This fabric does seem to help lower that bar significantly in the weight dept. Super exciting to see a "school project" have the possibility of becoming a commercial project and going to bulk production.
  9. Yeah, a good brain challenge there.
  10. Dream Job? Might need to change your user name. Well deserved attention and not surprising that opportunities are on deck given the work you've done. Look forward to seeing that 79gram jacket. Part of me wishes they could do something more with colour on that fabric, but a different part of me likes the brutalism.
  11. In theory laminated micro-porous membrane textiles are interesting, but pragmatic arguments can be made against their over prescription for every use. That said, market expectations do exist and breathability is, despite there being little to no consensus / standard to what the term means at the consumer level, an expected feature for a technical hardshell fabrics to be commercially viable.
  12. Congratulations on the contract. Getting that first gig in creative industries always seems like a catch 22, but once you're cosigned by a brand with paying work on a product you're kind of in. Interesting to hear the comments regarding Goretex, their brand name and marketing has had such a head start that it's a big mountain to tackle for anyone who dares take on the breathable/waterproof fabric challenge. Don't know if we'll ever see another fabric brand command as much mind or market share in the near future in that category.
  13. That's not me. Zero danger of your head exploding.
  14. Very cool project(s) and loved seeing a dumpster & fence I recognize used as photo location.
  15. arcteryx veilance

    Conroy's return would be interesting. To my eyes, he set the design vision and built the blocks for the line. Other's have had to colour inside the lines that were set by his legacy to keep a through line for designs. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, but could be a challenge for other designers to stick to a vision that someone else set. I'd hope to see more interesting pieces, and materials if this is true.