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September 2, 2010
New Helium Series Clothing Line Developed
The new Ski-Doo Helium clothing series from BRP is designed with a combination of high tech materials to deliver the best performance for active mountain riders. At the heart of this system is a membrane new to the North American market known as Sympatex which establishes new levels of breathability, durability, elasticity and is more environmentally friendly compared to PTFE-membranes.
All Helium clothing starts with feedback from hardcore mountain riders and design that accounts for high activity with constantly changing conditions. Features like stretch fabric in the shoulders and elbows; vents on the chest, back and underarms; adjustable collar, wrist and hem; and powder skirts are incorporated into all Helium jackets. Highpants use stretch material at the waist, integrated knee pads, high bib panels at the front and back, along with storm gaiters in the legs. The shells for both pieces are tough, waterproof fabric with sealed seams and, water resistant, zippered pockets to keep moisture out. The inside features a mesh liner and Lycra wrist and collar surfaces for comfort.
If all things were equal – and they’re not – the next feature to separate Helium gear from the rest of the pack is the breathable membrane used. Sympatex has several advantages that eclipse the performance of micro-porous PTFE-membranes. For breathability, it adapts dynamically as the rider’s effort level increases. The non porous membrane is waterproof from the outside, resisting water penetration even at contact points (backpack straps, seat, …) in wet riding conditions. Sympatex is completely windproof and extremely durable after repeated washings and stretching. The user benefits from long term performance that doesn’t drop off as the garment ages. In addition the PTFE-free Sympatex membrane is a copolymer consisting of polyester and polyether – production of which produces no toxic materials – and is 100% recyclable. Helium gear with Sympatex incorporated is truly the next level in high performance outerwear.
Helium jackets and pants are offered in two versions, the Helium 50 series featuring a heavier Cordura outer shell with XS through 3XL sizing and the Advanced TEC Helium 30 series using a Nylon outer shell and offering tall sizing in addition. Both series are available with Black or Red jackets.
The Helium collection and the complete lineup of 2011 Ski-Doo Parts, Accessories and Riding Gear are available at authorised Ski-Doo dealers.
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