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Dressing for the Polar Vortex 101

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When it comes to gearing up for cold weather, look no further than Quark’s Merchandise team for all the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay warm.

Layering is essential. Synthetic fibres work well as a base layer, but natural fibers such as merino wool work even better. There are various weights to merino wool base layers, but for walking your dog, or trudging through the snow to your next destination, we recommend the Icebreaker brand. This is a truly ‘cool’ New Zealand company whose products are worn by athletes, adventurers and everyday Joes like us. On every Icebreaker product there is a “Baacode” so you can track your individual garment’s origin back to the source!

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Bergans of Norway: My Name is Roald Amundsen and I approve of this rucksack

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Quark Expeditions® is very proud to sell Bergans of Norway in our onboard Polar Boutiques. Since 1908, Bergans of Norway has been a leading innovator of outdoor equipment and technical clothing. The story behind the brand goes that Ole F. Bergan, a bicycle manufacturer by trade, was suffering the ill-effects of less than ideal cycling equipment after a hunting trip. He was inspired to design a rucksack with the ‘Bergans Frame’ – a design that would eventually make the Bergans brand synonymous with the rucksacks and outdoor equipment. For over 100 years, Bergans of Norway has offered a wide range of expedition, mountaineering and outdoor adventure equipment.

Bergans also has a place in the annals of Polar exploration dating back to the 1911 and the ‘Race Against the South Pole’ with Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton. Amundsen himself gave Bergans a huge product endorsement as his team was equipped with Bergans backpacks.

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Original Penguin: A hot label fit for Antarctica

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Original Penguin clothing line was born almost 60 years ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a key piece of Americana ever since.

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Helly Hansen: The Captain of Polar Fashion

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In cooler temperatures, warm becomes the new black. No other brand has stood the test of time in polar fashion stronger than trailblazer, Helly Hansen. The brand started back in 1877 when Norwegian Captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Margarethe began producing jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil.

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