How Continental Helped Explorer Robert Peroni Brave the Arctic Cold
There is no bad weather as long as you wear the right clothes! For extreme conditions of minus 60 degrees Celsius, it takes very special expertise to make the right clothes, and a brave person who wants to wear them. Normally, no one would dare to go outside at such extreme temperatures – except for the extreme sportsman, explorer and Greenland enthusiast Robert Peroni. The experienced expedition leader was the first person to cross the Greenland ice sheet at its widest point.
To achieve his true mission in life, testing the physical and psychological limits of man, he was looking for the right clothing for his next Greenland expedition that would help him defy the hostile sub-zero temperatures. The requirement: maximum flexibility at temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius and below. Obviously, the suit also had to be as windproof, waterproof, impact-resistant and lightweight as possible.
In Continental, Peroni found a partner with unique material expertise and had, even at that time, over 120 years of experience in meeting even the most specialized customer requirements. Continental provided Peroni with a suit made of poly aramid fabric and Elastosil, which was only 0.21mm thin and elastic – even at temperatures as low as minus 85 degrees Celsius.
In addition to the bitter cold and mobility challenges, oxygen supply also presented a critical problem – because inhaling freezing cold air is life-threatening! Continental also provided support in this area.
Its engineers developed a 45-meter system of silicone hoses that made it possible to increase oxygen transport by 30 percent! This allowed Peroni to beat the cold. Continental was grateful for the opportunity to subject its innovations to an endurance test, as such low temperatures were only possible under the conditions of the Arctic winter at that time.