Innovation

Cool.Q ZEROActive cooling technology

Cool.Q ZERO’s little blue circles position an active cooling agent next to your skin that reacts with your sweat to lower the temperature of the fabric and accelerate wicking, creating an instant and prolonged cooling effect. Those little blue circles embedded in the fabric use energy from sweat to actively cool the wearer and enhance performance. Cool.Q ZERO is an industry first. It’s a visual technology and it feels great next to the skin.e don’t source pre-finished fabrics. We engineer each Dry.Q Core fabric layer by layer, combining face and backing materials with different benefits to best meet the needs of the intended user, climate and activity.

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Dry.Q EVAPDry wicking waterproof-breathable protection

Dry.Q EVAP combines the industry leading waterproof-breathability of Dry.Q with EVAP, an interior-surface wicking technology that disperses through a network of channels on the fabric so it evaporates more quickly, improving breathability and keeping the wearer drier and more comfortable.

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Wick.Q EVAPDry wicking moisture management

Wick.Q EVAP is the industry’s leading wicking technology. Its network of tiny channels disperses moisture more efficiently, improving evaporation and keeping the wearer cool and dry.

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Wick.Q WoolThe comfort of merino, the performance of polypropylene

We've engineered the best of both worlds, the warmth and comfort of merino wool with the wicking and moisture management of synthetic fibers. Wick.Q Wool is the first and only wool/polypro blend and is exclusive to Mountain Hardwear. It performs better in the field than either wool or synthetics alone, making it the perfect fabric for primary layering.

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Thermal.Q EliteThe warmest synthetic insulation available

Thermal.Q Elite is warmer because it’s designed to mimic the structure of goose down – rigid stems that form a matrix of gaps and softer fibers to fill those gaps. Thermal.Q Elite uses stiffer fibers to create a unique 3D grid structure and finer fibers to fill in the gaps the structure creates. The result is a warmer synthetic whose structure gives it better compression rebound.

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Q.Shield DownWater-repellent down insulation

Q.Shield DOWN is a giant leap forward in down performance. Down fibers are infused with a permanent water repellency that helps maintain insulating performance even when exposed to moisture.

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Q.ShieldExtreme water repellency fused directly into shell fabrics

Q.Shield with ion-mask technology is a revolutionary water-shedding technology that's fused into the outer surface of the glove. It stops shells and leathers from wetting out by preventing water from soaking in. Q.Shield is invisible and doesn't affect the look, feel or breathability of the glove surface. And because it's part of the molecular structure of the shell materials, it doesn't wear off and will last as long as the materials themselves.

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OutDryA waterproof-breathable membrane applied directly to the shell fabric

Traditional “waterproof” gloves quickly get heavy as water loads between the shell fabric and the waterproof liner. OutDry® is different. OutDry® is a patented construction technology that bonds a waterproof-breathable membrane directly to the shell fabric. There’s no gap to load with water so gloves stay, light and dry. And with no extra layer of water, gloves breathe better and stay flexible. OutDry technology for packs uniformly laminates a custom shaped waterproof membrane to the inner surface of the pack, sealing fabrics and seams in a single step. Your pack stays light and dry without compromising weight or function.

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Ghost Whisperer FabricSuper-lightweight fabric that's naturally downproof, windproof and water repellant

Ghost Whisperer is a fabric so unique there’s only one mill in the world that can weave it. We developed this super-lightweight fabric as part of our Ueli Steck Project, a collaboration with speed alpinist Ueli Steck to reinvent climbing apparel and equipment for the next generation of ultrafast alpinists. The Ghost Whisperer fabric’s super-tight weave is naturally downproof, windproof and water repellent. While some claim to offer lighter fabrics, the Ghost Whisperer is the world’s only true 7 denier by 10 denier fabric, using single 7d and 10d yarns rather than pairs of strands.

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Dry.QKeeping you dry and comfortable, inside and out

Dry.Q Elite is used in our most premium waterproof-breathable products. It offers the most comfortable level of breathability by combining high moisture-vapor transfer rates and air permeability at all body temperatures. Traditional waterproof-breathable technologies require high levels of user exertion (high body heat) before the breathability kicks in. Dry.Q Elite is instant-on technology. It starts breathing the instant you put it on, regardless of temperature or level of exertion for waterproof, windproof performance like you’ve always wanted, guaranteed.

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Dry.Q Active is used to meet the high-movement, high-breathability and low weight requirements of aerobic sports like running and skate skiing. The technology allows us to combine the waterproof protection of a hard shell with superlight and stretch fabrics. By engineering fabrics layer by layer and by combining performance fabrics in new ways, we can give athletes the protection of a rain-jacket with the lightweight stretch and moisture-management of a running top.

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Dry.Q Core garments are made for outdoor enthusiasts whose needs don’t require the elite levels of performance offered by Dry.Q Elite. Dry.Q Core offers state-of-the-art waterproof-breathability with durability and breathability metrics that meet or exceed industry standards. Unlike most outdoor apparel manufacturers, we don’t source pre-finished fabrics. We engineer each Dry.Q Core fabric layer by layer, combining face and backing materials with different benefits to best meet the needs of the intended user, climate and activity.

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AirShieldInstant-On Windproof Technology

AirShield Elite is used in our most premium windproof products. It offers the most comfortable level of breathability by combining high moisture-vapor transfer rates and air permeability at all body temperatures. Traditional wind barrier membrane technologies require high levels of user exertion (high body heat) before the breathability kick in. Like Dry.Q Elite, AirShield Elite is an instant-on technology. It starts breathing the minute you put it on, regardless of temperature or level of exertion, so you stay drier and more comfortable.

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AirShield Active is used to meet the high-movement, high-breathability and low weight requirements of outdoor aerobic sports. The technology allows us to combine wind barrier technologies with superlight and stretch fabrics in ways that have never been done before. By engineering fabrics layer by layer, we can create garments for athletes like ultra-runners that offer the wind protection of a hardshell with the lightweight stretch and moisture management of a running top.

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AirShield Core garments are made for outdoor enthusiasts whose needs don’t require the elite levels of performance offered by AirShield Elite. AirShield Core offers state-of-the-art windproof protection with durability and breathability metrics that meet or exceed industry standards. Unlike most outdoor apparel manufacturers, we don’t source pre-finished fabrics. We engineer each AirShield Core fabric layer by layer, combining face and backing materials with different benefits to best meet the needs of the intended user, climate and activity.

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