Under extreme conditions, only one thing will do – wool. Some of the toughest Norwegians who've ever lived acknowledge this fact.
When Fridtjof Nansen set out on the most hazardous expedition of his life, to cross Greenland on skis, wool was a vital part of his wardrobe. For two consecutive months. Forty-five degrees below at night, pouring rain during the day. An inhuman struggle against everything nature could throw at them, in unexplored lands where the tiniest mistake could result in their death. Wearing wool next to his skin, Nansen and his five assistants eventually managed to cross the ice. An international feat that also provided some valuable knowledge for the development of functional woollen clothing. A few years later, Roald Amundsen began his expedition to the South Pole. And of course, he had wool with him. When the thermometer dropped to fifty-five degrees below, Amundsen wrote in his diary: "Beautiful weather – calm and clear".
So off they went, out into the unknown. Wearing wool next to his skin, he reached the Pole a few weeks later whilst others, less fortunate, froze to death in the icy desert. These pillars of international research and exploration brought valuable knowledge with them back to Norway. New technology was developed at Devold's laboratories, and we still develop new techniques for manufacturing clothing so that it does its job when it's needed. The raw material has always been the same. Woollen underwear and midlayers from Devold were taken on expeditions by these pioneers. This has given Devold a unique opportunity to test and develop garments in the most extreme conditions. This is why we still support expeditions to the most inhospitable areas, where keeping warm is essential. We continue to use our knowledge from today's expeditions to develop high quality garments that are able to withstand use in the harshest of environments.