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Velcro has been holding things together for well over 50 years and today is found on everything from softshell jackets to climbing harnesses to tents. The design came about after Georges de Mestral noticed cockleburs sticking to his trousers and his dog during a walk. Velcro simulates this idea to create fabrics which stick together: one with thousands of tiny hooks and one with thousands of tiny loops.
The word has become a generic term for any fastening which works on the Velcro principle, whose patent expired in the 70's. Alternatives are often called 'hook and loop' or 'touch' fasteners, but some manufacturers choose to spend more to buy official Velcro branded products for their lines.
YKK is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies and is the world's largest zipper manufacturer with a reputation for reliable and durable build quality in their zips. It was founded in 1934 by Mr Yoshida and known as Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha.
Today YKK produces zippers for everything from handbags to wetsuits as well as many other fasteners. They are at the forefront of innovation in fastener design and will generally last longer than similar non-branded designs.
This stripped down, minimal waterproof jacket from OMM is made from Kamleika fabric, a stretchy, soft and breathable waterproof fabric which offers the comfort of a softshell. The fabric fits close to the body to minimise fabric noise and flapping and make for a more comfortable wet run.
The OMM Kamleika Jacket is more versatile than the Kamleika Smock, with better hood adjustment and two large hand pockets, positioned above the hipbelt line and big enough to fit a map into. Would be great for fast and light alpine climbing, as an emergency waterproof for hillwalkers and, of course, for running and mountain marathons.
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