Tech Lab // Aterra Performance Hybrid Pants
The cold season has always exerted its own fascination on us. It is the time when the forces of nature are omnipresent and present us athletes with special challenges.
Rain, snow, cold, wind, short days, and the coziness of home – at no other time of the year do we have to leave our comfort zone as often as in winter. And yet we do it because we have an inner urge: We seek the challenge, want to be one with ourselves, and experience the elements in all their facets.
To give us athletes the best possible support, our Tech Lab has developed a pair of highly functional running pants especially for the harsh season that defy the toughest conditions, are extremely lightweight, and offer maximum freedom of movement: The Aterra Performance Hybrid Pants. A product for the highest demands with a fit tailored to the specific requirements and a specially developed material – made in Portugal.
When developing the pants, the Tech Lab faced a special challenge, as it wanted to combine supposedly contradictory properties in a high-performance product: The running pants had to be suitable for very cold temperatures, withstand small showers and wind, and be robust. At the same time, they had to remain light and dynamic, with maximum comfort and freedom of movement. Other essential factors were high breathability and optimal thermoregulation, even during intensive training. Last but not least, the pants had to be versatile.
The product developers finally found the solution in a specially developed fabric and an innovative construction method.
Die Basis bildet ein wasser- und windabweisendes Hauptmaterial. The basis is a water- and wind-repellent main material. This has been continuously developed since the introduction of the Hybrid Pants. In the latest generation, a 4-way stretch softshell material serves as the main material, which is lighter, stretchier, windproof, and more water-repellent than its predecessor.
The lotus effect is used to protect against moisture: Thanks to an ecological DWR coating patented by our Italian supplier, water droplets bead up on the surface of the pants. This effect is supported by taped seams. The very dense weave of the material ensures high abrasion values and protection against wind.
Essential for cold days: a specially developed flocking on the inside of the pants stores body heat and thus protects us from cooling off. In addition, it creates a pleasant, soft feeling on the skin. For ideal thermoregulation, the flock is not applied over the entire surface, but in a honeycomb pattern with recessed areas that promote air passage. This way, an optimal balance between generating heat and creating a comfortable microclimate is achieved.
In terms of the fit of the pants, the criterion was to create maximum freedom of movement without making major sacrifices in performance and dynamics. Therefore, we agreed on a close but not tight cut and decided to combine the advantages of tights with those of loose pants.
The result was an innovative construction with a close-fitting calf area and a looser fit on the thighs. Completed by the new more elastic main material, additional stretch inserts on the sides and inner leg and a knee overlap a hybrid matured, that brings dynamics, performance, comfort, and freedom of movement into an ideal balance.
Another advantageous feature are individually adjustable zippers at the leg cuffs, which facilitate the entry into the pants and provide additional freedom of movement if desired. Zippered pockets on both sides as well as the back stow our essentials without being too bulky for running.
The Aterra Performance Hybrid Pants are the right choice for those looking for a versatile high-performance product for their individual running moments in the cold season. With its water- and wind-repellent properties, it is also suitable for transition seasons. Last but not least, the loose cut and the plain design ensure a cool look that is definitely suitable for everyday use.
The Aterra Performance Hybrid Pants are made in Portugal.