While vests have largely been co-opted by the 9 to 5 crowd, runners reserve theirs for work outside the office. Our technical variation uses an innovative Schoeller wool construction that creates insulation like a down vest, but with less heft and quicker dry times.
Front and back wool paneling insulates and protects from rain and wind
Side stretch panels for mobility
NanoSphere® finish is water and dirt-repellent and abrasion resistant
Zippered side pockets
Main Body - 40% Polyester / 33% Merino Wool / 16% Nylon / 7% Polyurethane / 4% Elastane
Contrast Fabric - 85% Nylon / 15% Elastane
Wash Cold, Hang Dry
Do Not Tumble Dry
Do Not Use Softeners
There’s no denying that down or fleece vests are warm. But they get bogged down when wet - whether from ice and snow or a runner’s sweat. And then they get heavy. Plus, although breathable, they don’t keep out the winter’s wind.
These are the issues we set out to solve with our vest, using an innovative Schoeller fabric that combines a finer wool fabric on the inside to provide insulation and wick moisture, a bonded layer that protects from wind and rain, and a wool surface that has more loft to trap heat. It creates the insulation and protection of a thermal fill but without the bulk.
Merino Is Magic
If you’re still not familiar with the performance benefits of Merino wool, be prepared for a revelation. Soft and not at all scratchy, Merino wicks moisture and regulates temperature just like animal hair (because it sort of is). It’s almost completely impervious to odor, even if you don't wash it, and it stays warm even when it’s wet.
Back To It
Running into the wind requires a little more protection on your front than your back. We used Merino wool only on the front and over the shoulders, and a brushed-back knit on the side panels and mid-back to provide mobility and just enough insulation to stay warm without overheating. The fabric also features a NanoSphere finish that's water-repellent and abrasion resistant
Hip To Zip
Winter running often requires a few more supplies. Keep those keys, credit card, subway pass and chapstick stowed in two zippered side pockets.
Rafa Oliveira put the NDO Vest through its paces over a three day winter training camp at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Heavy early-season snowfall and chilly 20 degree conditions didn’t stop Rafa from executing a workout of 8 x 3 minutes on, 2 minutes off around Lake Willoughby.
No Days Off
No Days Off is our annual call for consistency, moderation and patience: the full-time, year-round commitment to the process. This is not a race towards injury, but a recognition that little and often beats grand acts of ruinous excess. Every purchase in January comes with a free NDO Calendar for tracking your progress in 2019.
This piece is part of our No Days Off collaboration with The Woolmark Company, highlighting the inherent versatility of Australian Merino wool for high performance in tough conditions.