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Natick Labs tested material used for US Snowboarding Team jackets

Researcher Phil Gibson demonstrates a humidity-testing device that he used on material for Burton’s outerwear.
Researcher Phil Gibson demonstrates a humidity-testing device that he used on material for Burton’s outerwear.David Kamm/US Army

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The Sochi Winter Olympics just got a bit more local.

The Burton jackets that the U.S. Snowboarding team will don for their Olympic runs were tested at the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center, also known as the Natick Army Labs.

Dr. Phil Gibson, a physical scientist at the Natick Army Labs, tested various swatches for Burton last year that helped the Vermont-based company develop their DRYRIDEF Vaporshell laminate. The snowboarding and apparel company sponsor this year’s U.S. Olympic snowboarding team and provides them with the jackets, which were technologically designed specifically with Sochi in mind.

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