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Features of the Valandre Men's Immelman Jacket 51 IndiviDual baffles, side blocked in a non-down shift system 100% articulated cut, allowing free arm movements in all directions Anatomical shaped collar Down filled hood incorporated into an Anatomical Cheminee down collar. Climbing helm at sized Two inside zipped inside pockets, lower left and right side Elasticized waist draw cord, placed in function of Climbing harness use Second elasticized draw cord at the bottom Tunnel hand warmers, offer access to pockets placed on the inside of the jacket Non snag central zip system. (Ventilation system) Big fold in pocket, allows to transform the jacket into a down pillow
Valandre's Immelman Jacket has a lower weight and has less friction resistance. Climbers will be able to easily move with this "free and light" jacket that can be worn in high altitude conditions, it opens a whole window of opportunity to technical routes that are out of reach today.
The ultimate alpine jacket, Valandre's Immelman is the first-and only-fully articulated down jacket. Made for technical climbing in cold conditions, this jacket provides light and free arm movements while ensuring complete warmth by locking the down in place with the baffling. This product will be shipped directly from Valandre and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
This is a Jacket meant for low temperature technical climbing expedition and alpinism Technical climbing in cold conditions requires light and free arm movements Any 5 year old kid knows that you need to raise your arms to reach the branch when you climb up a tree As this is a very simple fact Valandre started to develop a fully articulated and form fitted down jacket from the base of the SPLITS designAnyone with design experience in down jackets knows that quality down jackets have a technical disadvantage To shift the down away on the side of the body and the inner sleeve due to arm movements This is due to a fundamentally incorrect technical design in use in almost all existing down jackets This observation forced Valandre to make the effort once again and find the technical solution so that the down filling is blocked on the body side as well as inner sleeve The solution radically different from all existing technical baffle designs available was launched in 2009 in the SPLITS down jacketIn the SPLITS thanks to the innovative technical baffle design there is NO possibility that the down filling can shift away from its intended place to insulate due to normal arm movements So here we simply have the foundation of the first articulated down jacket in the world The Immelman This is because it would be senselessly stupid to articulate a system having down shift problems Lift up your arms and you are instantly cold on the body side and inner sleeveAs the Immelman is an articulated design the main functionality of the jacket is with arms up and this forced us to increase the number of lateral body compartments and inner sleeve compartments to a maximum of 9 compartments on each side The form fitted and totally articulated design direction in the I MAN changes its use field to include active physical use where the body will heat up On the inside of the jacket there is a waist draw cord that is placed relatively higher than the actual waist where you are intended to have your body harness The I MAN is perfectly designed to integrate the use of a harness and still seal off perfectlyOn the left and right side on the lower inside you equally find two functional pockets for objects needing cold protection really anything with batteriesOk lets face it climbers A frozen rope is not a comfortable pillow and once you have your down jacket in the tent this offers a better and more comfortable solution However you still need to shape it into a pillow shape Therefore on the bottom back of the jacket there is a big fold sewn in pocket that transform the I MAN into a comfortable pillow and offers at the same time the possibility of a compression sacCONCLUSION Technical climbing is constantly stretching up to get a hold of the next grip which can go on for days in a row a physical exercise that is part of the enjoyment and thrill As of today the best clothing solution is an articulated hard shell with a multitude of base layers This may offer some sort of insulation but at the price of weight that is in total opposition to the direction of the activity But secondly even if the hard shell and all the under layers are perfectly articulated the liberty of movement becomes obstructed by weight and the friction between the layers The Immelman offers a lower total weight and at the same time less friction resistance The natural movement in climbing is eased and becomes free and light In this perspective especially in high altitude conditions this jacket will open up to engage technical routes that today are out of reachas German Himalayan climber Ralf Dujmovz described it A Down jacket that is heavily neededSpecsbull Weight 34oz 965gbull Down Quality Goose 850 cuin US Normesbull Down Load 12oz 340gbull Fabric Asahi KASEI Impact 66 Polyamide WR RipStop Asahi KASEI Polyester WR RipStop
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