Zhik’s Isotak modular ocean racing gear won the METS DAME Award clothing category.
For the second year in a row, Zhik’s R&D team impressed the DAME jury with its ocean apparel designs.
The new Isotak X Ocean range will be available in retail outlets from December 2017 and is the result of extensive development work with the Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel who are currently using the new ocean range in their quest to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
Key developments include the new Hydrovision hood featuring a clear, "see through" visor, an Adaptive hood and collar on the Isotak X Ocean Smock and Drysuit enabling the entire hood-collar unit to be interchanged with different balaclavas for different weather conditions, plus an enhanced Reziseal system for the neck and cuffs.
Designed to enhance the sailors’ field of vision, the new Hydrovision Hood also gives an extremely high level of protection.
Hydrovision refers to the new hood visor, a rigid clear polycarbonate that provides incredible peripheral vision and protection from spray. The visor can be positioned to cover almost the entire face.
The hood and collar features Zhik’s innovative PFD compatible shaping that avoids bulk around the neck. The hood seaming is sited above where a PFD sits, rather than stitched into the back of the collar seam, which can cause discomfort and neck strain over long periods. The collar also features a removable and adjustable face shield with Hydrobase thermal fleece lining.
Zhik’s R&D manager Tom Hussey explains, “The zip on/zip off system allows inter-changeable hoods and balaclavas to be fitted. We have been experimenting with this concept for a couple of years and the Volvo Ocean Race teams have provided us with the ideal opportunity to develop and perfect the system. A key benefit is the crews can carry one smock and drysuit each, which can be adapted to wear across a range of various temperatures, wind and wave conditions. It helps them save weight on board too through carrying less garments.”
For more information on the full Zhik range go to: www.zhik.com.