Zip Turtleneck 200 - Used since 2011
OVERALL WINNER FW 23/24
Statement from the Jury: By sending in an 11-year-old midlayer sweater, Woolpower has taken a very bold step in changing the way we think about outdoor clothing. The looks with pilling are that of an 11-year-old product, but after that 11 years of use the product still functions and performs to full content according to the jury. The Ullfrotté Original fabric has been giving warmth and comfort to many since it was developed in the early 1970’s and has been in the used in this garment since 1972. Every jury member applauds the Ullfrotté material that has proven to be not only top notch performing in comfort and warmth, but also is extremely durable and therefore very sustainable.
80% air. The fabric is a terry-knit tricot with one side flat-knitted and the other made up of terry loops. The fabric’s fluffy terry loops combined with the wool’s crinkly fibres create a tricot that traps a lot of air. In fact 80% of the fabric consists of air. Material mix. Merino wool is a very fine, soft and crinkly wool, here 22 thousandths of a mm thick. That creates a comfortable wool, that’s also strong. Woolpower has layered polyester on the outer side of the Woolpower garment to make it more durable. Long lifecycle and high durability. This sweater has been used extensively since 2011. This garment will be returned back so that the owner can continue to use it for many years to come.
PRIMARY INNOVATION FEATURES
Ullfrotté Original. Wool is nature’s very own functional fabric. Woolpower developed Ullfrotté Original fabric in the early 1970’s in Östersund, Sweden. Unique knitting method and few seams. The special knitting method was developed to enhance the properties of the wool. Knitting on circular knitting machines is relatively common, but the Woolpower way of doing it is quite unique. Each knitting machine knits its unique size of garment.
INTENDED SPECIFIC END USE
The garment is intended to keep you warm and comfortable for many years. It is made to withstand extreme weather conditions, sudden changes in weather and different levels of activity.
Woolpower have had the same clothing range for 50 years and that is a conscious choice. Product development is not about creating new collections every season or even every year. It is about their already existing products with quality and sustainability.
FUN FACTS OR BACKSTORY?
The textile industry is amazing, it creates immense creativity and foster innovation. The garments Woolpower develop in the outdoor industry enables us humans to take us places on this earth we otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience. But there is a backside, the negative impact the textile industry has on our environment and people is undeniable. We can innovate “sustainable products” all we want but the biggest elephant in the room is that we need to consume less. Much less. As enablers of adventure, we should provide good products that will satisfy a real need for a long time. New collections, new colours and features every season to lour the costumer into wanting more is straight up unethical. Woolpower makes products with function that stands the test of time, a beautiful combination between the greatest engineer, mother nature, with the function of wool and an innovative knitting construction. Therefore, Woolpower wants to nominate this 10 years old Turtleneck 200 in Ullfrotté Original. Used, loved, mended, passed down and loved again.
Design: xThe design is from 1972. You can see the name of the seamstress who have sewn the garment by looking at the name tag inside the neck of the sweater.
Product material: x60% Merino wool, 25% Polyester, 13% Polyamide, 2% Elastan
Product weight: x250 g (size M), material weigth 200g/m2
Available in stores: Since 1972 and for many years to come
Recommended retail price: €120