thanks for all the positive comments here in the thread, it's nice to know you're all finding the article as interesting to read as it was to write. This was my first outdoor show, so I was really just a curious amateur when I got there; but I can tell you, just one of these shows is a big eye opener. Perhaps I can provide a little more detail to some of the issues raised:
>Not mentioned in any of these new techs is the ability to withstand the multiple >compression and stuffing into compression sacks as what bags go through.
The rep I talked to on the Thinsulate stand definitely said that Thinsulate Featherless is infinitely compressible; make of that what you will. As for the Primaloft Down Blend, you are certainly not the only one expressing grave misgivings as to the ultimate longevity of this product Aaron.
>Wonder what happens if one goes into these shows with a mini precision hang scale >concealed on their person. Would someone yell 'SWARM!' and put you on the deck.
No excuses: as an MYOGer I really should have taken a set of scales. I'm also kicking myself for not getting a picture of the Thinsulate Featherless. To be honest, I got the impression it was just a rebranding exercise, with Thinsulate insulation torn up in a big glass jar instead of on the roll, but I may be wrong.
>interesting that dead bird is going with toray, i suspect they are trying to get >away from some of the "brand name" fabric strangleholds, like they did going with >their own coreloft (instead of primaloft) and fortius (replacing polartech >powershield)
Funny you should mention that Eric, part two will feature another manufacturer who has worked hard to get away from 'Brand' names.
There was lots more at ISPO 2014 I could have written about, this for instance:
I left it out because it's not really ultralight, but Montane are bringing out a line of wool polyester clothing. As I'm sure you are all aware, this another can of worms one could easily delve into. It comes on the back of the new wool polyester 'performance' range from smartwool. My mum used to swear by wool polyester blends, and she's 85. Don't get me wrong, I like merino wool, partly because I could pick up 'fashion' merino wool tops for just £6 in shops like TK MAXX, and when they wore out after a few months, well who cares. But eventually I had to face the truth: they just would not dry on my back. Now we see polyester creeping back in under the guise of 'innovation'.
Here are a couple of photos from Formosa's stand. They were not of a high enough quality for the main article:
This was the sign announcing the arrival of 5 denier taffeta to the world. It was next to this jacket:
When I asked about the jacket they said it was made of 7d not 5d. Don't ask me why, but I just get a funny feeling that Formosa are who TiGoat gets his taffeta from. Well, I hope you enjoy parts 2 and 3 just as much. They get progressively longer and longer. Part 3 is about 50MB.