DRESSING UP THE CHAMPIONS

DÆHLIE Sportswear’s high-tech race suit will help the Norwegian Cross-Country Ski Team in its quest for medals in Pyeongchang.

The new olympic race suit is faster, lighter and more comfortable.

When our brand heroes warm up in the 2018 Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang; stand at the starting line, focused and fired up; race through South Korean pine forests; and finally hurl themselves over the finish line, Norway’s skiers will be wearing gear they helped develop. 

Fastest on the market

Building on 20 years of Nordic skiing equipment experience, DÆHLIE Sportswear has created a high-tech racing suit that is perfect for performance at high speed.

Champion is the most advanced racing suit we have ever designed, and will be in the spotlight when skiers make history by taking gold at the South Korean games.

“It is in our mandate to innovate and defy limits. Our cooperation with the Norwegian Cross- Country Ski Team means we are lucky enough to have the world’s best skiers as our test pilots,” says Commercial Manager Øystein Bråta at DÆHLIE Sportswear.

“We are confident that our brand heroes will be equipped with the very best tools for the task at hand during the upcoming Winter Games. The Olympics is more important than any other race for the athletes. That’s why we have put extra effort and resources to help optimize their performance. Our contribution is providing them with the fastest race suit on the market,” he says. 

Comfort in changing weather 

An earlier version of the suit was presented at the 2017 World Championships in Lahti. At that point, we had already taken the classic race suit apart and set out to improve every detail. We combined knowledge from clothing for other endurance sports with new materials that were especially suited to Nordic skiing.

“In developing Race Suit Champion, we cooperated closely with the Norwegian Cross-Country Ski Team on important details that can give them an edge when the margins are as tiny as those we see in cross-country skiing,” says lead designer Eeva-Maria Männikkö at DÆHLIE Sportswear.

We drew on experience with the Lahti championship suit and feedback from the athletes. So now we have fine-tuned the suit for Pyeongchang. The fit is adjusted, especially around important areas like the neck and shoulders. DÆHLIE also worked closely with Japan’s YKK Fastening Products Group for an improved solution using two zippers on the shoulders.

“In competition, everything has to be 100 percent. Nothing can be allowed to detract from an athlete’s objective: Perfection,” Männikkö says.

Pyeongchang can have varations in weather, with winter temperatures varying between +5 and -10 degrees celsius, so we have equipped the athletes with warm-up wear suitable for South Korean conditions. Revolution Jackets and Pants are light pullovers with stretch panels with an ergonomic fit, while padded vests and shorts allow athletes to adjust body temperature during warmup. 

In competition, everything has to be 100 percent. Nothing can be allowed to detract from an athlete’s objective: Perfection,”

Lead designer Eeva-Maria Männikkö at DÆHLIE Sportswear.

Unique racing qualities 

When developing racesuit Champion, the DÆHLIE test lab did extensive body mapping during high intensity activity. As a result, several aspects were improved: Comfort, weight, ventilation and aerodynamics. By moving seams and adding flexible material at shoulders, elbows, knees and on the back, we gave athletes a very high sense of freedom of movement.

“We used input from our brand heroes to design the lightest, fastest and most comfortable racing suit ever,” Männikkö says.

DÆHLIE used the lightest materials available on the market, including the Carvico fabric maker’s light stretch jersey made out of polyester and elastane. We also reduced the number of seams and amounts of superfluous material to cut weight.

“We think a women’s suit weighing under 250 grams must be the lightest on the market,” she says about the race suit that unmistakably declares its Norwegian heritage with a bold color palette and uncompromising design. 

Aerodynamics cuts seconds 

Cyclists inspired the new suit’s aerodynamic technology. Tests in wind tunnels show that the ‘golf ball’ dimpled material Eschler Dimplex, made by Schoeller, can reduce drag by as much as 10 percent at speeds between 22 and 75 kph. The structure of the surface optimizes airflow around the skier. The Norwegian race suit uses this material at strategic points on legs and arms.

“The material is designed to literally cut through the air and shave off valuable seconds. We are expecting high speeds on the tracks of Pyeongchang,” says Männikkö. 

We used input from our brand heroes to design the lightest, fastest and most comfortable racing suit ever,”

Lead designer Eeva-Maria Männikkö at DÆHLIE Sportswear.

Suit for champions 

DÆHLIE Sportswear is eager to cheer the ruling world champions on to new, memorable moments. Our proud ski nation is looking forward to seeing Johannes Klæbo, Marit Bjørgen, Finn Hågen Krogh, Maiken Caspersen Falla and the rest of the Olympic team wearing the Race Suit Champion during their pursuit of medals in Pyeongchang.