High altitude clothing are also known as extreme cold climate clothing. High altitude clothing are manufactured and designed to provide protection against extreme weather conditions such as high velocity winds, extremely low temperature, and snow fall. Functional and comfort are the two main properties of clothing at high altitude. High altitude clothing includes trousers, jackets, waist coats, rappelling gloves, glacier caps, and glacier gloves. Weight of typical gear is around nine to ten kilograms. High altitude clothing is breathable, waterproof & moisture resistant, preserves high integrity of high altitude clothing, and is abrasion resistant, and quick wear. Various types of coatings are applied on high altitude clothing. The material used for high altitude clothing is Gore Tex coating, polyurethane coating, and sympatex coating. The global high altitude clothing market is expected to expand at a considerable pace in the near future.
The primary factor projected to drive the global high altitude clothing market is increasing importance of safety issues and survival at high altitude. Increase in harsh weather conditions, growing high altitude sickness, and lack of oxygen is anticipated to augment the high altitude clothing and equipment market in the coming years. Lack of oxygen can cause serious health issues such as high altitude cerebral edema and high altitude pulmonary edema. Moreover, body exposure to extreme cool weather conditions at high altitude and direct UV rays could cause skin issues. These are other factors likely to drive the high altitude clothing market. In addition, high altitude clothing is in demand due to rise in safety concerns at country borders. Therefore, extensive demand for high altitude clothing from the army is expected to drive the high altitude clothing market. Furthermore, growing popularity of high altitude sports such as hiking and trekking is projected to drive the high altitude clothing market. However, heavy weight of clothes, high cost, and limited availability of good quality products are projected to restrain the high altitude clothing market. Nevertheless, clothing designed specifically for high altitudes with basic equipment and tools which are easy to handle at high altitude, are expected to create significant opportunities for the global high altitude clothing market.
The global high altitude clothing market can be classified based on raw material, product, and region. Based on raw material, the market can be segmented into hydrophilic polyurethane coating, Gore Tex coating, and sympatex coating. In terms of product, the market can be categorized into trousers, jackets, waist coats, rappelling gloves, and glacier caps and glacier gloves. Based on region, the global high altitude clothing market can be classified into North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, U.K., Spain, Russia, France, and Italy), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, and Australia), Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Major players operating in the high altitude clothing market include Indian Technical Textile Association, Mountain Hard Wear, Gear Corporate, Westcomb, Texplus Fibres Private Limited, Frontier Textiles Pvt Ltd., Textrades Associates, Kusumgar Corporates, Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn, Entermonde Polycoaters, Ready One, and Factory Board. Key players are focusing on new structured innovative products such as waterproof and warm clothes, handy torch features, and durable and light-weight products. Market players compete with each other based on their product portfolio in order to survive in the market. Top companies are focusing on acquisitions, offering the most competitive wholesale pricing, manufacturing new structured innovative products with sustainable designs, and increasing their research services to strengthen their presence in the global high altitude clothing market. . This is likely to lead to the introduction of several products in the market during the forecast period.
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