The warmth of the parka system worn by four Yukon Quest dogsled teams kept them warm and comfortable for the race. The parka system was provided by race sponsor Northern Outfitters.
Hans Gatt, who won the 1000-mile Yukon Quest this year, wears the parka, boot, mitten and hat system found in Northern Outfitters’ 9-piece clothing system.
The top three winners of the Yukon Quest sister race, the shorter Yukon Quest 300, also wore the parka and cold weather clothing system made by Northern Outfitters.
The top three mushers in the shorter YQ300 were Sven Haltmann, Magnus Klatenborn and Sean Williams. The YQ300 is a qualifying race to participate in the Iditarod in March 2010.
“I really want to thank the folks at Northern Outfitters for supplying me with the best winter clothing in the world. It stood up to everything the Yukon Quest could throw at it and performed flawlessly,” Hans Gatt said. The winners of the YQ300, Haltmann, Klatenborn and Williams all expressed their gratitude as well.
Northern Outfitters’ gear, “gave them the edge in warmth, waterproof comfort and moisture transportation,” said Jim Harrison, Northern Outfitters owner. “The job the mushers do on the trail requires that they are able to move freely, and our parka systems require very few layers, allowing them the range of motion they need to compete at the highest level.”
The time recorded by Gatt in the 1000-mile race beat the previous race record by more than a day. This was an extraordinary performance by him and his dog team. He finished in just over 9 days with his lead dog Sonny and nine dogs on the line. At the line, he expressed gratitude to his dogs and to Northern Outfitters who supplied him with the parka, boot, mitten and hat system that made a difference in his race.
At the end of the race, on February 15, 2010, Gatt said, “This team is the best I’ve ever raced. It is strong and resilient. We’re ready for the Iditarod which begins in about two weeks. We’ll be running with Northern Outfitters again.”