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Hardcore Everest Guide Dave Hahn Builds His Own Custom MicroTherm
Posted on November 9, 2015

If you are a fan of both Eddie Bauer and outdoor individuality, you know that last week we announced the launch of our first-of-its-kind customizable down jacket, the brand’s iconic MicroTherm. As part of the launch we granted our guide and athlete team early access to the customizer, letting them loose to build exactly what they’ve always wanted. The results were all over the map from safe, single alpine colorways to camo-pattern mash-ups that are clearly not intended to blend in. But our biggest surprise was being on location in Taos, New Mexico—the hometown of Eddie Bauer guide and 15-time Everest summiter Dave Hahn—when his Custom MicroTherm FedEx package arrived. For folks who don’t know, the highly respected Everest guide is colorblind and his design results were, well, a bit mixed. But he is also a very good sport and broke down his Custom experience for us with a straight face and a serious message about Customizing Responsibly. —LYA Editor

Everest Dave Hahn in his Custom MicroTherm

Video by Jon Mancuso, Interview by Dan Kostrzewski, Edit by Karl Archer

Background on the EB Custom MicroTherm program:

The EB Custom MicroTherm features more than one million possible design combinations, and the project is the first of what will be an expanded custom program for 2016. With more than one million possible design combinations, the EB Custom interactive online platform will bring customers’ MicroTherm designs to life as they work through the 11 distinct areas that can be fully customized by color and pattern, including shoulder, body, inner lining, side stretch panels, zipper, and logos. For even more personalization, customers can add a monogram to the upper right chest and/or sleeve of the jacket, as well as monogram an interior label. The jacket is available in both a hooded ($279) and non-hooded ($249) version for both men and women. And like all Eddie Bauer products, EB Custom MicroTherm Jackets are guaranteed for life.

As part of the launch, all members of the Eddie Bauer guide and athlete team were granted early access to the EB Custom MicroTherm website to build their own creation. Some of the guides, such as Melissa Arnot, played it safe with solid colorways, while certain athletes on the team, such as Drew Tabke, pushed the concept of bright retro color combinations to its very limit. Fifteen-time Everest summiter Dave Hahn, who is notoriously colorblind, also gave the process a shot—but didn’t realize what he’d created until his friends clued him in. We’ve included a gallery of their creations here to provide you with your own MicroTherm inspirations.

Designs can be saved, allowing customers to modify and perfect their jacket before purchase. Once an order has been placed, customers will have the option to share their design on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and to be highlighted in Eddie Bauer’s inspirational design gallery. But customize responsibly—no one will stop you—this one is on you.

All EB Custom MicroTherm Jackets will now include down that is certified to meet the Responsibility Sourced Down (RDS) standard. Allied Feather & Down, a long-time partner and supplier of the premium 800 fill StormDown used in the original MicroTherm Jacket, recently launched a Track My Down program, where down used in a garment is now traceable on the website. For customers who order a Custom MicroTherm, their jacket will feature a unique lot number on the hangtag to track the history, origin, natural properties, and quality of the down inside their jacket.

The EB Custom platform and EB Custom MicroTherm Jacket are now available via design kiosks can be found in eight locations: Fifth Avenue (NYC), Post St (SF), Park Meadows (CO), Fashion Place (UT), Oakbrook (IL), Bellevue Square (WA), Natick (MA), and Easton (OH). Customize Responsibly. 

Author: - Monday, November 9th, 2015

  1. Carrie thompson

    I have been looking for pants & you can no longer accommodate me. I am very disappointed as I”ve always loved your quality. I wear a size 14 tall. Your tall isn’t tall enough, you’ve changed inseam to a 32, I need a 34, you have some extra tall with 36/38 inseam & I am willing to have them hemmed (which adds $20.00 on each pair) but you don’t carry a cut I can wear. I have a flat back end with average thighs. All you pants are curvey which means baggy butt & thighs. Come on. Men can get what they want. What about us? You used to carry a straight cut!

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