Kombi gloves win drirelease® Innovation Award

CHICAGO, Ill. – At drirelease, innovation means optimum performance with maximum comfort. Seeking to honor far-reaching solutions in performance apparel, Optimer Brands – the parent company of drirelease – has announced the first Europe market winner for its 2015 Innovation Awards. The new award celebrates innovation in the design and construction of active wear that enhances the comfort of participants as they compete or engage in high-energy pursuits.

“We are honored to recognize Kombi and its commitment to ensuring warmth and driness for skiiers and outdoor enthusiasts,” said Darryl Schimeck, chief executive officer of Optimer Brands. “The technology and design of Kombi’s Pro Skier performance gloves are unparalleled.” Schimeck explained that Kombi uses drirelease’s merino wool fabric as the gloves’ lining. The patented  drirelease technology wicks moisture away from hands and includes natural, permanent FreshGuard® technology to resist bacterial odors.   

“The Pro Skier is a combination of our best technologies crafted to provide a technical ski glove that solidifies our ski heritage and delivers on the KOMBI warmth promise”, says Patrick Ménard, Kombi Sales & Marketing Director.

Innovation award winners will be selected and announced twice yearly by a drirelease team, based on a review of new or enhanced active wear products across hundreds of global brands. drirelease congratulates these global brands – and their design and product development teams – working together to achieve greater success through innovation. 

Kombi’s winning entry will be featured at drirelease booth 222 in Hall C2 at the upcoming ISPO Munich February 5-9.

Founded in 1961 in Canada, Kombi is a leading international sports accessories brand catering to outdoor winter enthusiasts of all kinds. Best known for carefully crafted gloves and mitts, Kombi has extended its expertise in warmth to base layers, socks, hats, and cold weather accessories.

About drirelease®
For brands seeking far-reaching performance apparel solutions, drirelease is more than an ingredient. We bring the engineering, fresh insights, practical know-how, and global capabilities together that help the performance apparel industry design for long-term success. Founded by a group including former DuPont scientists who shared a passion for advancing textile technology, drirelease was launched as a patented blend of fibers that delivers superior wicking and fast-drying capabilities.

With headquarters in Chicago, drirelease today is a global solutions provider, thanks to early development of a worldwide network of top suppliers and mills. As a product division of Optimer Brands, drirelease continues to focus on developing new fiber technologies and fabrics that appeal to the sophisticated design requirements of the world’s top brands while exceeding consumer expectations for comfort, fast drying, temperature regulation and odor control.

Carolyn Kidd, Director of Marketing, 312-878-0805, ckidd@optimerbrands.com
Jeff Kraft, PDC Communications 708-732-0704 jkraft@pagliuco.com