Last week Craft presented the speedsuit that has been under development for the past year in collaboration with the Swedish national team for the Vancouver Olympics. According to experts, the new suit could actually make a big difference.
After years of research, close cooperation with several of the worlds best skiers and engineers, and lots of plain hard work, Craft finally presented their new world class cross country ski racing suit. Specialists on functional training and race apparel have focuses on the 2010 Olympics as the debut stage for the next generation of innovation- a muscle-assisting material using carbon fiber and a unique ergonomical construction branded as Craft’s new Moving Wing Technology™. Swedish national team skiers will be racing in this new suit- and they’re hoping it will take them to the top of the podium on the Canadian trails in February.
The close cooperation with the world’s best skiers is the primary resource behind Crafts new product innovations. Former Tour de Ski winner Charolotte Kalla is one of four skiers who have worked on the research and development team for the new suit. At the National Winter Sports Center in Ostersund, Kalla and her teammates along with Craft product engineers and developers have tested and adjusted the new suit technology for optimal performance in Vancouver.
In Ostersund, the research team has used cameras to study skier’s movement patterns from all possible angles. From these tests, they were able to develop a unique fabric with new stitching and panels and fantastic ergonomics. A shaped 3D construction provides unmatched freedom of movement and comfort despite the suit’s tight and aerodynamic fit. A final innovation detail is the Moving Wing Technology™, designed to give optimal release and pull-back across the back and shoulder muscles.
Craft’s Olympic 2010 racing suit is made of advanced technical material from the Swiss fabric specialist Eschler. Polyester fiber gives optimal moisture transport while polyurethane protects against the natural elements. The material even contains some carbon fiber, which according to studies published by the research institute EMPA in St. Gallen, Switzerland, improves heat regulation- a decisive factor on race day.
Translated by Tim Reynolds
Born and raised in Vermont, Tim Reynolds is psyched to be operating out of the Northeast Kingdom of his home state as part of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. He spent his undergraduate years at Middlebury, where he was an EISA carnival winner and three-time NCAA qualifier and All-East pick. Tim captained the Panthers his senior year, and is looking forward to winters with more skiing and less studying. A convicted Europhile, look for Tim to do all he can to earn races in Europe this season. At Craftsbury he’s working on local food sourcing.