US-based ski apparel maker Spyder has launched a limited edition ski jacket with an integrated iPod that uses 100 per cent fabric controls from the UK's Eleksen's smart textile technology labs.

Using ElekTex, Eleksen's patented conductive fabric touch pad technology, the sleeves of Spyder's ski jacket are transformed into an electronic control panel so wearers can easily control their MP3 playlist while skiing; playing, pausing and skipping tracks on the go.

The jacket is crafted in full stretch fabric with a Dermizax-MP waterproof membrane, X-static silver fibre insulation, and Spylon water repellent coating.

Spyder Heat, a new technology that captures and retains the wearer's body heat for extended thermal protection, is also incorporated into the outerwear.

The $3000 jacket will be available in retail stores from September and will include the jacket, a music and photo iPod, matching trousers, and custom hanger and garment bag.

By Michael Fitzpatrick.