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ExOfficio® Blends Coffee and Wool in Technical Performance Knit

Sweaters and mid-layers provide moisture and odor management with natural fibers

Seattle, WA – ExOfficio, a leading manufacturer of adventure travel apparel is introducing a new JavaTechTM and wool knit performance blend in a collection sweaters and mid-layers for the Fall 2014 season. The combination of fibers provides warmth and comfort in colder temperatures, plus moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties for active pursuits.

ExOfficio’s JavaTech fabric features recycled coffee grounds that efficiently wick moisture, and is naturally quick drying and a great neutralizer of odor. Recycled coffee ground particles are imbedded in the yarn fiber as a microscopic powder, increasing its surface area, allowing the fabric to quickly and efficiently grab moisture away from skin. The fibers act as channels to draw moisture to the surface where it evaporates quickly. The quick evaporation helps with the wearer’s temperature regulation, keeping the body drier for longer, therefore less affected by cold air. The quick-drying quality also allows heat and perspiration to escape, keeping the body cool in warm weather or in high energy activities. The fabric stays fresh because odors are attracted to and trapped in the porous surface of coffee particles, staying there until they are released in the wash. The JavaTech treatment is permanent, and will not wash or wear out.

By blending the JavaTech fabric technology with wool, there is added comfort of a natural fiber that is durable and strong, and insulates well for colder-weather activities, equaling better comfort and moisture management plus warmth.

New products in the ExOfficio Fall 2014 collection that feature the JavaTech wool blend include:

Men’s KhaveTM Thermal Quarter-Zip Sweater

A mid-layer with a modern relaxed look and an inner thermal knit backing to provide extra warmth while wicking moisture. (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $115.00; also available in a Hoody style, MSRP: $125.00.)

Women’s CafenistaTM Marled Funnel Neck Sweater

Designed for the active traveler, this sweater
combines function and style, so she can go from a
cool-weather hike to dinner without changing.
Lightweight and wrinkle-resistant it stays put with a ribbed hem and cuffs plus thumb loops, while a funnel neckline and fitted ribbing provide cozy style. (MSRP: $90.00)

Women’s CafenistaTM Sweater Dress

This stylish dress combines the eco-friendly, anti-microbial, quick-dry benefits of coffee ground- infused fibers with the classic warmth and softness of wool. The flattering silhouette features a ribbed waist and diamond twist cable bodice, plus a comfy cowl neckline and three-quarter sleeves. Packs small and wrinkle-free, perfect for winter trips. (MSRP: $98.00)

Women’s FlorianaTM Convertible Cardigan

Inspired by versatile cold-weather fashions on a designer’s recent Iceland trip, this long cardigan features a removable hooded scarf, secured by buttons around the neckline for use with the sweater or on its own. (MSRP: $150.00)

Women’s CafenistaTM Convertible Scarf

This cozy cable knit-patterned scarf can be secured around the neck with the pull-through opening, or as a soft neck gaiter by playing with the six-button closure. (MSRP: $44.00)

The new ExOfficio pieces featuring the JavaTech wool blend will be shown in January 2014 at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will be available for purchase at retail stores in mid-August 2014.

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