The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony started in all its multi-cultural and colourful glory on Friday, with team USA wearing their innovative Ralph Lauren Heat Technology uniform, including heated coats!
The Olympians in PyeongChang are facing temperatures as low as -25c. Exclusively developed for Ralph Lauren, the clothing heating system is made from electronic printed conductive inks, designed in the shape of the American flag in carbon and silver ink and bonded to the interior of the jackets.
The printed conductive inks are connected to a battery pack with three settings and are flexible and stretchable. The three settings include:
- Water-repellent properties
- 11 hours of heating time at full charge
- Immediate heat
The jackets are highly functional and combine traditional American characteristics refreshed with modern touches and techniques, interpreted in an all-American colour palette.
The outfit is made up of a heated red, white, and blue down parka, a slim jean with moto-inspired seaming, and a patriotic intarsia-knit wool sweater.
Accessories include a navy wool ski hat, a USA-themed classic navy bandanna, a leather belt, brown suede explorer gloves with fringe and hand-beading, and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.
The battery powered jacket would look good on anyone in almost any cold setting, warming mechanism included or not.
“Ralph Lauren has effortlessly woven style and functionality into the Opening Ceremony uniform for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” said Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer.
The revolutionary design kept the American athletes warm as they proudly walked through the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony.
In many parts of the world, winter is cold enough to require heated clothing. While modern synthetic insulation is great for keeping you warm, battery powered heated clothes crank the warmth and comfort factor to a new level.
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