Cat Got Your Back

Cat® outerwear delivers warmth, comfort and convenience.
 
Winter is difficult enough for those of us who have brief forays into the elements. For those who tend to spend a great deal of time braving the weather – such as those who work outdoors or have an active outdoor lifestyle – winter can be downright brutal, making staying warm of the utmost importance. Dunham’s Sports offers a wide variety of products specifically designed for the latter group, including the following three jackets from Caterpillar, a company famous for its farming and construction equipment. All three jackets offer premium construction with the highest quality materials and numerous features to make daily tasks easy to accomplish while warding off the elements.
 
Insulated Twill Jacket
 
“Keeping warm and dry is what the Insulated Twill Jacket is all about. It features a hideaway hood in the collar so you can quickly raise it when needed and tuck it away when you don’t. It also features a two-way front zip with snap closure to help keep warmth in and weather out,” said Eric Hartmann of Cat Apparel.
 
Available in black, the Insulated Twill Jacket offers quilted insulated lining for warmth and maximum performance. The hood can be custom-fit via a drawcord and the cuffs are adjustable, thanks to a hook and loop tab closure.
 
“The Insulated Twill Jacket, which is water resistant and windproof, is the do-it-all jacket for the do-it-all person,” Hartmann added.
 
Defender Insulated Jacket
 
When additional insulation is required, consider the Cat Defender Insulated Jacket.
 
“Our Defender Insulated Jacket is an all-winter insulated jacket built for functionality. It features a water-resistant finish, highly durable nylon ripstop fabric and active weight insulation,” Hartmann added.
 
To help you retain your body heat while helping keep cold, wind and wet weather out, the Defender Insulated Jacket offers a number of thoughtful features. A full front zipper with storm flap and beard guard, a stand-up collar, adjustable cuffs and an adjustable draw cord with cord locks – all work together to ensure you stay warm and comfortable.
 
If you work outdoors in the winter, you know how important it is to be seen in low-light conditions. The Defender Insulated Jacket has you covered with reflective Caterpillar logos on the left chest panel and back collar.
 
“Anyone who tends to spend a significant amount of time outdoors in the winter will truly appreciate the Defender Insulated Jacket’s quilted, insulated body. It delivers enhanced warmth and maximum protection,” Hartmann said.
 
Heavy Insulated Parka
 
For those bitterly cold winter days, check out the Cat Heavy Insulated Parka.
 
“We like to say that our Heavy Insulated Parka does two things exceptionally well: keep you warm and help make sure you are visible in low-light conditions, thanks to our reflective webbing across the chest and back,” Hartmann said.
 
Available in Army Moss, the Heavy Insulated Parka features a two-way full front zip, storm flap with storm closure, draw cords and cord locks for optimal protection against the elements.
 
“What I really like about our Heavy Insulated Parka is its removable, microfleece-lined hood. Zip it off when you don’t need it. Zip it on and draw the draw cord tight to keep your head warm when conditions dictate it,” Hartmann explained.
 
Warm, Durable and Convenient
 
All three jackets feature highly durable, water-resistant outer layers and 100% polyester taffeta interior lining for optimal comfort. All three also offer numerous pockets, ensuring there’s a place for everything and everything in its place.
 
With as many as eight pockets in the Heavy Insulated Parka, five in the Insulated Twill Jacket and four in the Defender Jacket, you won’t run out of places to put things. In the Defender Jacket for example, there are pockets for a tablet and another to store gloves or a knit hat.
 
Going the extra distance, the Heavy Insulated Parka features hand-warmer pockets that are lined with microfleece, an inside pocket for cellphones and two vertical pockets under the storm placket to ensure items stored there are protected from the elements.
 
No matter the model, nearly every pocket includes a closure system to ensure items stay securely in place. That’s indicative of the dedication Caterpillar puts into ensuring its apparel is comfortable and functional.
 
“The Cat brand is one of the most prolific in the construction and mining sectors and its Cat logo is iconic. We put the same level of attention to detail and commitment to the highest quality in our apparel as is put into our heavy-duty equipment,” Hartmann said.
 
Dunham’s Sports carries a vast array of Cat apparel. Be sure to stop by your local store and speak with a knowledgeable sales professional who can help you choose the jacket that is most ideally suited to your needs, ensuring warmth and comfort all winter long.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Toasty Warm When It’s Cold Outside

Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared is Your Cold-Weather Solution.
 
Two years ago, based on research conducted to write a similar article, I went to my local Dunham’s Sports and bought Under Armour ColdGear Infrared leggings and crew neck top. I wanted something that would help keep me warm during Michigan’s early spring and late fall, thereby extending my golf season. At the same time, the apparel had to be lightweight, not bulky, ensuring full range of motion. (The freer the swing, the longer and straighter the shots.) The ColdGear Infrared products have lived up to their billing.
 
These offerings go well beyond the compression products commonly used by cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts. What makes them special is a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat, which is then redistributed evenly, keeping the wearer warmer, longer.
 
Here’s how: the thermo-coating on ColdGear Infrared products has ceramic particles that take advantage of ceramic’s heat-transference properties. (It’s why your coffee stays warmer longer in a ceramic mug, versus a paper or plastic cup and why ceramic tiles are used on military aircraft and the Space Shuttle.)
 
Absorb and Redistribute Body Heat
 
ColdGear Infrared goes beyond trapping body heat. It absorbs the heat we generate and redistributes it, creating a “microclimate” inside the material. I have definitely noticed the difference that wearing my ColdGear Infrared has made. I’ve been comfortable golfing in sunny, 45-degree weather wearing minimal layers. I also like the fact that these products feature anti-odor technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes and include a moisture transport system that wicks perspiration away from the skin, further enhancing comfort.
 
ColdGear Infrared All Over
 
I’ve already started my holiday wish list and to my baselayer I plan on adding ColdGear Infrared quarter-zip jackets. They deliver all of the features and benefits of the baselayer, plus added technology to repel water and block the wind. Another item high on my list is a ColdGear Infrared beanie. Being follicle-challenged, I lose a lot of heat from my head, so this will find its way into my golf bag prior to next spring, as will a pair of the company’s ColdGear Infrared socks. Available in a variety of styles, these socks will keep my feet, another source of heat loss, warmer than my day-to-day socks. As such, I will have ColdGear Infrared products keeping me warm from head to toe.
 
Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared products go well beyond keeping golfers like me warm. For example, the company’s shell jackets and Snocone pants are ideal for any type of snow sports— snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, etc. Available in a wide variety of colors, including camo, the pants are 100% waterproof and feature fully taped seams to prevent moisture from seeping through. They are specifically designed to deliver maximum warmth were the body needs it—such as in the seat and knee areas.
 
The shell jackets, meanwhile, feature a RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector to keep the wearer safe in an emergency. They also feature a helmet-compatible hood with a back zip expander, ensuring the hood lies against your head, whether you’re wearing a helmet or not. Runners might want to check out ColdGear Infrared Engage Run gloves and Run headbands.
 
Subhead: ColdGear Infrared for Everyone
 
ColdGear Infrared products also include accessories and hunting apparel and the company offers what it calls transitional outerwear. These are mid-weight items that are ideal for mid-fall and mid-spring in the Midwest and can be worn as lifestyle apparel.
 
Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared products are available for men, women, boys and girls and for a variety of sports. While the calendar says that winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, we Midwesterners know that the nip in the air starts long before that date. This year, rather than hibernating, I plan on outfitting myself with a host of ColdGear Infrared products and trying my hand at some winter activities, taking comfort in the knowledge I’ll be warm without the need for bulky clothing.
 
Be sure to check out your favorite Dunham’s Sports store for the full range of Under Armour ColdGear Infrared products and meet me on the slopes (possibly) or on the links next spring (much more likely).
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Winter Workout Checklist

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
Cold temperatures and heavy snow can raise the challenge of your outdoor fitness routines, but the payoff is worth it! New research shows how important that exercise is … especially in the winter. Increasing your exposure to sunlight helps reduce seasonal affective disorder, the depression linked to the change in seasons that commonly occurs in the last two months of winter. Notably, a recent study from the University of Tampere in Finland found that working out in nature leads to greater emotional well-being and better sleep than exercising indoors.
 
Additionally, when you’re cold, your body has to work harder to keep your core temperature up and when you shiver, you burn five times the number of calories compare to when you are at rest. Cold also activates the brown fat which burns energy, rather than stores it.
 
Winter workouts carry their own dangers, here are a few tips to protect you on the coldest days.
 
• Wear layers. Insulate yourself against the wind and cold with a layered clothing instead of a single, bulky garment. The first layer that’s directly touching your skin should be a lightweight synthetic or polyester material. It will dry quickly and wick away moisture. The second layer should be wool or polyester fleece. The outermost layer — worn in the rain, snow, or wind — should be lighter weight and water-repellent to help you stay dry.
 
• Keep your head covered. Between 50 and 70 percent of body heat may be lost when your head is unprotected in cold weather. Wearing a hat helps your whole body retain heat.
 
• Protect your feet and hands. Keeping hands and feet warm is vital. Your body concentrates on keeping your internal organs warm in cold weather. Gloves also help prevent skin damage and frostbite. Keep your feet warm by being sure your torso is properly insulated and your feet dry. Wear winter athletic socks with an inner layer that moves moisture away from the skin to an outer absorbent layer. If you run or engage in ice or snow-related activities, select an athletic shoe with a thick tread on the bottom or footwear designed specifically for icy conditions. Thick socks, or multiple layers of socks, can add a to your winter workout shoes, be sure you’re comfortable!
 
• Wear a face mask or scarf in frigid temperatures. A loose layer over your nose and mouth can warm cold air before you inhale and protect your lungs.
 
• Drink Water. You don’t feel as sweaty as you do in the summer, but water is just as important in winter months. It even keeps you warm by helping the body retain heat!
 
In extreme cold move your workout indoors to the gym or develop a workout regimen you can do at home, take the stairs at work or speed walk through the mall! Try adding fresh ginger, garlic and cayenne to your food as a way to boost the immune system! Eucalyptus and juniper also stimulate the circulation and help protect the immune system.
 
Winter workouts have a different set of challenges than summer exercise, but but they offer some special benefits too!
 
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Under Armour: A History of Innovation

The axiom is that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. In 1996, Kevin Plank decided he wanted to build a better T-shirt, one that would help athletes better regulate their body heat by wicking perspiration away from their body, thereby keeping them cooler and dryer. He created the original compression T-shirt and founded Under Armour.
 
Under Armour’s desire for innovation quickly resulted in the ColdGear® mock turtleneck, which was launched in 1998. Still available today, ColdGear products give wearers the ability to battle the elements with a soft, brushed inner layer that circulates heat, and an element-battling outer layer that keeps them dry and protected.
 
ColdGear Infrared
 
Helping athletes and the rest of us stay even warmer in cold weather is Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared, introduced in 2013.
 
“ColdGrear Infrared products go well beyond the compression products favored by many cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts. It features a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat. Then, by taking advantage of a print format also incorporated into the inner layer of the product, the absorbed heat is redistributed evenly, keeping wearers warmer longer,” said Under Armour’s Brendan Hanley.
 
ColdGear Infrared is ideally suited for any snow sport. It’s lightweight and it’s not bulky, meaning it’s not cumbersome, thereby providing full range of motion. That also makes it ideal when you’re looking to extend the season of your favorite activity. A number of my fellow golfers use wear ColdGear Infrared apparel in early spring and late fall.
 
“For those who are likely to spend a great deal of time outdoors this winter, we recommend beginning with a ColdGear Infrared baselayer that includes leggings and a fitted mock turtleneck or crew neck shirt,” Hanley added.
 
From this base, it’s easy to transition into mid- and outer layers that are sport-specific. For example, for hunters, Under Armour offers ColdGear Infrared camo jackets and pants with the company’s UA Scent Control technology. This outer layer is 100% waterproof and features tapered seams to keep you completely dry and protected from the elements.
 
“Don’t overlook the importance of keeping your extremities warm. A number of our Under Armour hats, gloves and footwear also feature ColdGear Infrared, making them ideal for colder weather,” Hanley explained.
 
For additional warmth, a number of Under Armour products, including outer shells and boots, feature PrimaLoft insulation, a proprietary combination of natural down material and high-performance synthetics for optimal warmth. It was created by an Under Armour partner.
 
“Staying warm in cold weather used to require bundling up so much that movement was difficult. That’s not the case anymore. Our products with PrimaLoft insulation, for example, are lightweight, water-resistant, breathable, and can be compressed without losing warmth. A great deal of our hunting apparel features both PrimaLoft and ColdGear Infrared technologies, ensuring warmth and maximum movement for more successful hunts,” Hanley said.
 
UA MagZip
 
One of the latest innovations from Under Armour is this year’s UA MagZip. It features an ingenious design that makes it easier to zip jackets using only one hand.
 
“Our UA MagZip features magnetic male and female connections, so the minute the zipper ends get close, they line up and snap together. This a huge leap forward for anyone who’s ever had to fumble with lining up a zipper while wearing gloves,” Hanley added.
 
The idea for the MagZip came from Under Armour’s Future Show Open Innovation Challenge, a contest that allows entrepreneurs to submit ideas for consideration. It was submitted by someone who has a family member with myotonic dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body.
 
Innovations Abound
 
Here are a few other noteworthy Under Armour innovations:
 
• Charged Cotton – 2011. It features the comfort of cotton, but dries much faster and performs with an athlete’s body.
 
• Charged Cotton Storm – 2011. It adds water-resistance to Charged Cotton, enabling the wearer to stay warm and dry. This makes Charged Cotton Storm ideal for hiking, running, practicing or playing.
 
• Coldblack – 2011. There’s a reason why summer colors are lighter and winter colors are darker. Darker fabrics absorb the sun’s UV rays and heat up quickly, while lighter ones repel UV rays. Thanks to Under Armour’s coldblack, a revolutionary fabric that reflects even the nastiest heat, you can wear black (or other dark colors) even in the middle of summer.
 
Kevin Plank went well beyond building a better mousetrap. What started as a business in Plank’s grandmother’s basement is today a global, multi-billion-dollar brand, creating some of the most innovative apparel, footwear and accessories in the industry. That’s testament to the company’s dedication to continual improvement.
 
Visit your local Dunham’s Sport and speak with one of our knowledgeable experts to discover Under Armour products that can make your favorite sport or hobby more enjoyable.
 
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Stay Warmer Longer with High-Tech Apparel

Coldgear® Infrared from Under Armour Incorporates Space-Age Technology and Innovative Materials
 
By the time this magazine is available at your local Dunham’s Sports store, the Midwest is heading toward the coldest months of the year. The frigid temperatures, however, don’t have to deter you from pursuing your passion: skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, heck, even golf if there’s no snow on the ground. And while sport-specific apparel has been available for these outdoor activities for many years, today’s technology is designed to keep you warmer longer, without being bulky. One such product available at Dunham’s Sports is the new Coldgear Infrared line from Under Armour.
 
“Our Coldgear Infrared is ideally suited for any snow sport. It’s lightweight and it’s not bulky, meaning it’s not cumbersome, thereby providing full range of motion,” said Brendan Hanley of Under Armour.
 
Coldgear Infrared products go well beyond the compression products favored by many cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts. It features a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat. Then, by taking advantage of a print format also incorporated into the inner layer of the product, the absorbed heat is redistributed evenly, keeping wearers warmer longer.
 
“Perhaps the best analogy I can use to explain our Coldgear Infrared technology is a ceramic coffee mug. Compare that coffee mug to a paper or plastic one and I’m sure you’ll agree the coffee stays warmer longer in a ceramic mug because of the heat-transference aspect of ceramic,” Hanley explained. “The thermo-coating we use on our Coldgear Infrared has ceramic particles for the same reason.”
 
Advanced Aircraft Technology
 
If ceramic doesn’t exactly sound high-tech, keep in mind that numerous military aircraft and the Space Shuttle feature ceramic coating on their outer skins. The ceramic coating absorbs infrared waves, a kind of heat. On the Space Shuttle, the ceramic tiles also insulate the aircraft, ensuring the heat buildup during re-entry is kept away from the aircraft’s interior.
 
While traditional cold-weather gear is designed to trap body heat, Under Armour’s Coldgear Infrared goes a couple of steps further.
 
“In essence, our Coldgear Infrared garments becomes living things. They absorb the heat generated by the wearer and redistribute it, creating what we call a ‘microclimate’ inside the material,” Hanley added. While the weather may be near freezing, you can be comfortably warm, enabling you to pursue your passion for longer periods of time.
 
Start With A Solid Base
 
Dunham’s Sports carries a variety of Coldgear Infrared products. For ultimate warmth, we recommend beginning with a baselayer that includes leggings and a fitted mock turtleneck or crew neck shirt. These baselayer items sit close to the skin without the squeeze of compression apparel. They are lightweight, feature four-way stretch material for maximum flexibility and anti-odor technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes. They also feature a moisture transport system that wicks perspiration away from the skin, further enhancing comfort.
 
From this base, your choices are endless and sport-specific. For example, for those of us who wish we could golf year-round in the Midwest, Under Armour offers Coldgear Infrared quarter-zip jackets. They deliver all of the features and benefits of the baselayer, plus add technology to repel water and block the wind. (PGA professional Hunter Mahan wears these products during the early and late part of the season. They’re also ideal for play during the British Open.)
 
The company’s shell jackets and snocone pants are ideal for any type of snow sports: snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, etc. Available in a wide variety of colors, including camo, the pants are 100% waterproof and feature fully taped seams to prevent moisture from seeping through. They are specifically designed to deliver maximum warmth where the body needs it (more in the seat and knee areas, for example) and can withstand 10,000 mm of rainfall (nearly 394 inches) in a 24-hour period.
 
The shell jackets, meanwhile, can withstand 20,000 mm of rainfall in a 24-hour period and feature a RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector to keep the wearer safe in an emergency. It also features a helmet-compatible hood with a back zip expander, ensuring the hood lies against your head, whether you’re wearing a helmet or not.
 
-Ski Bum
 
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