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Award-winning Flexi-Jacket set to be a hit with backpackers

on 08 Januari 2010.

BACKPACKERS, hikers and mountain climbers often carry extra bags to fit items such as tents, sleeping bags and safety kits.

This may be a thing of the past as researchers from the Department of Design Technology, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), have come up with an innovative product that has the potential to be commercialised and be a hit in the market.

Called the "Flexi-Jacket", it is used for recreational activities.

"The jacket is designed to be versatile, lightweight and easily transformable into a tent as temporary shelter," said researcher Norhayati Suleiman.

She said the Flexi-Jacket key design concept allows easy set-up, and is lightweight and waterproof.

The material for the product are from shower resistant polyester micro fibre, waterproof zipper, adjustable hood, and elastic wristband to fit all sizes.

"This innovative jacket comes with reflector stripes for safety so the wearer can be easily seen in vehicle headlights at night," she said.

It also has a practical compartment for carrying basic gadgets such as torchlight, compass, safety kit and a map.

The product won an award at the International Exposition of Research and Invention of Institutions of Higher Learning 2009 or better known as Pecipta 2009 held earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur

Article Extracted from The Business Times.

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