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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
A SELECTION FROM THE TRACKSMITH NO DAYS OFF COLLECTION NO DAYS OFF JACKET A cold-weather running jacket featuring a layer of bonded Merino wool for insulation and a stretch knit shell for protection from the elements. NO DAYS OFF VEST A running vest that insulates and dries quickly, while keeping out the wind thanks to an innovative combination of Schoeller fabrics and Merino wool. NO DAYS OFF WAFFLE LAYER The waffle pattern on this Merino base-layer creates small pockets where warm air is trapped against the skin to increase insulation. NO DAYS OFF MITTENS Two-in-one: a weather-resistant mitten lined in Merino wool with an internal and reversible nylon-elastane mitten, for double the warmth and functionality in the cold. Leading brands continue to extend the use of wool into footwear – the latest being California-based Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) which has used technical Merino wool yarns to create a shoe suited to a range of sports and lifestyle activities. Elite athletic footwear brand APL was founded in March 2009, by then 23 year- old identical twins Adam and Ryan Goldston. As two former sport collegiate athletes, playing both basketball and football at the University of Southern California, Adam and Ryan envisioned creating a company providing revolutionary products with the ultimate design and performance. With the launch of their inaugural shoe in June 2010, the Concept 1 basketball shoe, they became the creators of the first shoe proven to instantly make you jump higher due to APL's revolutionary 8-spring Load 'N Launch Technology in the forefoot. As a result, the Concept 1 became the first shoe banned in the NBA's 64-year history for performance reasons for “providing an undue competitive advantage”! Fast forward to today, and the Los Angeles- based luxury performance sneaker label has grown in size and status – and is regularly seen on celebrities including the Kardashians, Jessica Alba and even Oprah. APL has recently unveiled its most sustainable and lightest running shoe to date, partnering with AWI’s marketing arm The Woolmark Company to launch the APL TechLoom Breeze Merino Wool for both men and women. It is also the first technical-knit footwear to be certified by The Woolmark Company in the global market. The success of wool in footwear lies not only in the fibre’s natural properties, but also in its ability to be constructed in a way that aids performance – and APL’s new wool shoe does exactly that. Each shoe features 80% Australian Merino wool, innovatively knitted with APL’s patented, stretch-rebound TechLoom upper, meaning the shoe is knitted to its final shape. It delivers greater elasticity, strengthens the shoe and allows it to naturally hug the foot for maximum support, especially during performance and sports lifestyle activities. It also allows for seamless design features such as breathable panels. “We teamed up with The Woolmark Company to engineer and create our most sustainable shoe to date,” APL co-founder Adam Goldston said. “After extensive collaboration and more than 18 months engineering and testing, we finally created the first technical-knit footwear to be certified by The Woolmark Company to be released on the global market which we couldn't be more excited about. This is just the beginning of many more innovations to come from APL in the coming months and years.” MORE INFORMATION www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com www.woolmark.com/apl APL LAUNCHES WOOLMARK- CERTIFIED FOOTWEAR The APL TechLoom Breeze Merino Wool is the first technical-knit shoe to gain certification from The Woolmark Company. OFF FARM 9
In the Shops - March 2019