Millet, Polartec and their Alpine Trilogy Collection
Among mountaineers, there is a trio of rock faces that tower above the Alps and have fascinated climbers and adventurers for centuries. The Eiger, Cervino and Grandes Jorasses represent three of the most famous and challenging Alpine peaks, forming a challenge known as the “Trilogy.” For many mountaineers completing this climb is a lifetime achievement, especially during treacherous winter conditions. It is easy to imagine the impact that the feat of Christophe Profit, who managed to climb all three walls in a record time of 42 hours in March 1987, had on the mountaineering community. This event was considered by many to be the beginning of modern mountaineering, a time when speed and lightness took over, and Millet was present. The French company provided the athlete with an extremely advanced system of clothing and equipment, an innovation that is perpetuated to this day with the Alpine Trilogy collection, inspired by Christophe’s heroic climbing and made with innovative, high-performance materials through the use of Polartec technologies.
Millet was one of the first in Europe to grasp the potential of Polartec fleece, introducing PolarFleece in the 1980s. Today, their Alpine Trilogy Collection represents the pinnacle of fast and light mountaineering gear. A series of backpacks, sleeping systems and clothing that combine to provide a lighter, higher performance kit for any outdoor adventure. Millet’s philosophy for this collection is simple:“light, fast, fluid“-equipment tough enough to take on the mountains, but light and breathable enough to climb quickly up rock faces. In addition, the garments are designed for maximum comfort because, in the mountains, comfort means freedom.
The beating heart of the Alpine Trilogy collection is the Trilogy Lightgrid Hoodie. Thin and light as a T-shirt but snug as a fleece, this sweatshirt offers exceptional breathability during sunny climbs. When conditions get colder, it can be layered with other layers to continue the ascent. And when it is time to rest, the sweatshirt can be worn as a base layer under the sleeping bag.
Performance is guaranteed thanks to Polartec Power Grid technical fleece, 85 percent recycled. The fabric is knitted in a dense grid, using a technique patented by Polartec. This geometric pattern creates spaces for air, increasing warmth and breathability while reducing its mass. The flexibility of the fabric is ideal for climbers who need freedom of movement and to reduce weight in the backpack.
“The Trilogy Lightgrid Hoodie fleece was the first product I purchased from Millet almost eight years ago, before I joined the Team! I was not familiar with the brand and this fleece intrigued me. As thin as a long-sleeved T-shirt and as insulating as a real fleece. I wore it every week, whether on a big climbing route or on a ski tour. It is very snug to the body and its hood is very well thought out. This thin insulating layer continues to accompany me on a daily basis.”- says Symon Welfringer, Millet athlete.
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