Cold sweat? No sweat!


In the latest edition of TGO, I’ve taken a look at a bunch of waterproof breathable jackets, most of which should be suitable for the British hills in summer, and possibly year-round.

In the piece I make mention of SAM, the Swiss-designed “Sweating Agile Mannequin” built by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Testing and Research.

The accompanying clip here (courtesy of Reuters) is posted by way of providing further information. It began appearing on news websites around the time of the ISPO winter sports trade show in Germany, and such perfect timing can’t have been entirely coincidental. 

Forgive me if my tone in the article was slightly cynical… perhaps it was the stress induced by heading into the hills in 15 waterproofs (not all at the same time, that would be silly… I’d’ve looked like Mnsr Le Michelin) as research for the piece (actually it was 16 waterproofs but one had to go due to space limitations).

 I’d love to hear people’s comments on the clip, and whether they think that SAM could replace the likes of Chris, Judy or myself. Conversely, could we do SAM’s job?




John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

3 thoughts on “Cold sweat? No sweat!

  • 27/05/2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hey! I think I saw that bloke somewhere in the Lairig Ghru!!!! Machine rambler 🙂

  • 27/05/2009 at 2:05 pm

    Y’re right of course, but if the performance of two jackets was on a par, and their prices considerably different, I say that was cause for a mark-down (or a mark-up, depending on which way your wallet’s orientated at the time!). Chris (et al) are merely looking after your balances so you can afford more Chateau de l’Hotel du Parc.

    Funny too – Sam was my nickname at scouts when I was teenie, though our troop seemed more concerned with woggle buffing and marching in step than lying down in the heather, kneeling in bogs and wading rivers. I eventually left so I could have greater opportunity to lie down with the likes of Heather.

  • 27/05/2009 at 11:22 am

    So, does ‘SAM’ lie down in the wet heather to have his lunch, kneel in the bog as he pushes in his tentpegs as the rain is thrashing down?. Does Sam wade rivers in his waterproofs and then see how long they take to dry?

    I think your jobs are safe, John, Chris & Judy!

    There is one thing that really does bug me about Chris’s reports though: (and has done for years!) Why does he mark products badly if they are expensive? I am only interested in his report on the performance of the product. Let me know the price by all means, but let me decide if it is good value. The price does not affect the performance.

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