Tested Products and Technologies

The icy continent gives these materials a really hard time. How did the tested products and technologies come through?

Heavy Duty Outdoor Shoes S50862 PREDATOR GTX

Producer: Prabos plus a.s.

Date of testing

January to March 2018

Testing conditions

Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel; temperatures ranging from +15 to -15 °C, strong winds, heavy snowfall and a thick layer of snow, frequent wading of swollen icy creeks, scaling mountains and glaciers, terrain covered in sharp volcanic rock or sticky mud. Long hikes through rough terrain followed by scientific work (installing equipment, collecting samples, etc.); sailing open boats and riding quad bikes in low temperatures and strong winds. In Antarctica, the testers face a lot of challenges such as arduous and challenging work, homesickness, reduced comfort for the duration of the expedition, etc.

The tested products are used intensively during the expedition. The load they have to withstand (they are worn and washed repeatedly) is much heavier e.g. in comparison with a regular user who would wear the products only when hiking; the usage is more similar to that of work clothes/equipment.

Testing results

Most testers agreed on the shoes being exceptionally waterproof. One individual complained that after prolonged periods of time the shoes tend to become slightly damp on the inside (because of sweat or outside moisture). The anti-skid sole was evaluated as good or above-average except for extremely slippery and icy surfaces.

Some testers had problems with the size of their shoes (they were either too small or too big and often too wide); this could be solved by introducing half sizes. We recommend trying the shoes properly before the purchase.

The tested outdoor shoes S50862 PREDATOR GTX withstood the extreme conditions at the Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel on James Ross Island and the manufacturer is entitled to mark this product with the “Tested in Antarctica” trademark.

Test carried out by

The shoes were tested by 17 members of the scientific expedition.

Recommendations

The testers’ recommendations concerned mainly the range of shoe sizes on offer. Other recommendations suggested replacing the insole (to improve sweat wicking and comfort) and changing the eyelets.

We advise the customers to try the shoes and carefully choose the right size before purchasing them.

Thermoregulatory Underwear CleverTex Merino

Producer: VÚB, a.s.

Date of testing

January to March 2018

Testing conditions

Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel; temperatures ranging from +15 to -15 °C, strong winds, heavy snowfall and a thick layer of snow, frequent wading of swollen icy creeks, scaling mountains and glaciers, terrain covered in sharp volcanic rock or sticky mud. Long hikes through rough terrain followed by scientific work (installing equipment, collecting samples, etc.); sailing open boats and riding quad bikes in low temperatures and strong winds. In Antarctica, the testers face a lot of challenges such as arduous and challenging work, homesickness, reduced comfort for the duration of the expedition, etc.

The tested products are used intensively during the expedition. The load they have to withstand (they are worn and washed repeatedly) is much heavier e.g. in comparison with a regular user who would wear the products only when hiking; the usage is more similar to that of work clothes/equipment.

Testing results

Most testers agreed that the underwear’s ability to retain body heat was good. The testers differ in evaluating its ability to wick excess sweat during increased physical strain. With regard to strong Antarctic winds, some testers recommended making the top tighter around the neck or adding a turtleneck/zipper. Some expedition members complained about the cut of the underwear. They had reservations regarding the front/back rise of the bottom (some tester’s backs were exposed to the cold when bending over).

The feel of the material was regarded very positively together with several other features (longer back part of the top, thumb holes).

The tested thermal underwear Merino withstood the extreme conditions at the Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel on James Ross Island and the manufacturer is entitled to mark this product with the “Tested in Antarctica” trademark.

Test carried out by

The thermoregulation underwear was tested by 12 members of the scientific expedition.

Recommendations

The testers' recommendations concerned mainly modifications to the cut (longer front/back rise, rubber waistband adjustment, adding a turtleneck to the top).

We advise the customers to try the product and carefully choose the right size before purchasing it.

Termoizolační spodní prádlo CleverTex Viloft

Producer: VÚB, a.s.

Date of testing

January to March 2018

Testing conditions

Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel; temperatures ranging from +15 to -15 °C, strong winds, heavy snowfall and a thick layer of snow, frequent wading of swollen icy creeks, scaling mountains and glaciers, terrain covered in sharp volcanic rock or sticky mud. Long hikes through rough terrain followed by scientific work (installing equipment, collecting samples, etc.); sailing open boats and riding quad bikes in low temperatures and strong winds. In Antarctica, the testers face a lot of challenges such as arduous and challenging work, homesickness, reduced comfort for the duration of the expedition, etc.

The tested products are used intensively during the expedition. The load they have to withstand (they are worn and washed repeatedly) is much heavier e.g. in comparison with a regular user who would wear the products only when hiking; the usage is more similar to that of work clothes/equipment.

Testing results

Most testers agreed that the underwear’s ability to retain body heat was good. The testers differ in evaluating its ability to wick excess sweat during physical strain. With regard to strong Antarctic winds, some testers recommended making the top tighter around the neck or adding a turtleneck/zipper. Some expedition members complained about the cut of the underwear (they had reservations regarding mainly the front/back rise of the bottom – some tester’s backs were exposed to the cold when bending over). The feel of the material was regarded very positively together with several other features (longer back part of the top, thumb holes).

Some tester's complained that the underwear they chose according to the provided size chart was too small. The complaints regarding the cut came mostly from female testers.

The tested thermal underwear Viloft withstood the extreme conditions at the Czech Antarctic Station of J. G. Mendel on James Ross Island and the manufacturer is entitled to mark this product with the “Tested in Antarctica” trademark.

Test carried out by

The thermal-insulating underwear was tested by 7 members of the scientific expedition.

Recommendations

The testers' recommendations concerned mainly modifications to the cut (longer front/back rise, rubber waistband adjustment, adding a turtleneck to the top). They also strongly suggested revising the size charts.

We advise the customers to try the product and carefully choose the right size before purchasing it.

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Contacts

Masaryk University
Technology Transfer Office 
Žerotínovo nám. 9, 601 77 Brno, Czech Republic

Phone: +420 549 49 8016
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