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The North Face - FuseForm Technology

posted Jan 29, 2014, 9:13 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated Feb 18, 2014, 4:14 AM ]

The North Face® launches FuseForm™, a new manufacturing technique that allows two materials to be woven into a single fabric. The new technology has the potential to revolutionize the way clothes are made. Utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques, it is now posible to weave two material properties into a single fabric.

"We're very excited with what we believe is a huge step forward in the innovation of outerwear with FuseForm™", said Vice President Global Product, Joe Vernachio. "This technology allows us to minimize weight while improving durability in high abrasion zones on our winter outerwear."

An industry first, FuseForm™ construction creates garments that are lighter, less bulky, stronger and more durable, and it gives them a clean design, both inside and outside.

In Fall 2014, the Summit Series™ collection (dedicated to alpinists) features the new technology in its Fuse Uno Jacket, which is patterned and constructed from a single piece of HyVent® Alpha 3L fabric. This first-of-its-kind design reduces weight (only 340 g) and bulk while improving performance and durability.

For freeriders, the Fuse Form™ is integrated into the Fall 2014 Steep Series™ collection in the Fuse Brigandine Jacket. This piece utilizes HyVent® Alpha with FuseForm™ construction that seamlessly reinforces high-wear areas including shoulders, sides, and inner arms, critical areas specific to big-mountain riding, without the need for heavier fabrics or additional seams. This construction allows for a lighter, less bulky piece that’s
extremely durable and has a modern design. The Fuse Brigandine Jacket won the ISPO award 2014 in the ski segment.

Highlights ISPO 2014: The North Face FuseForm technology