Jake Gyllenhaal vs. Wild, in 66°NORTH

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Fans of exciting extreme TV will have a thrilling time on July 11. For the Man vs. Wild TV program, Bear Grylls has taken to Iceland with A-List star Jake Gyllenhaal to execute daunting task in the most rough winter conditions, where the right clothing is one of the keys to survival.

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The Icelandic landscape Bear and Jake visited is dominated by mountains, huge glaciers and some of Europe's most active volcanoes.

Fans of exciting extreme TV will have a thrilling time on July 11th. The A-List movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal was in Iceland, home country of 66°NORTH, the other day with outdoors adventurer Bear Grylls.

Fans of exciting extreme TV will have a thrilling time on July 11th. The A-List movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal was in Iceland, home country of 66°NORTH, the other day with outdoors adventurer Bear Grylls. Together they took some exhilarating scenes for the highly popular TV show Man vs. Wild that is premiered in the US on that day. The two ascended the Eyjafjallajokull glacier amidst a raging, blinding winter snowstorm, where hail – that can be called them ice-pebbles – slammed the face.

Does the name sound familiar? Yes, this is the same Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in 2010 and sent a massive ash cloud over Europe, stopping air travel for days. The crater itself, where the still hot lava melts deep holes into the glacier, is where they did their stunts – without stunt men of course – as well as in other, more rocky spots in Iceland‘s highland. A rope was strung across a wide canyon, and over it Jake Gyllenhaal crawled on, clinging the rope more than 120 feet over the rocky bottom – who describes him as, a natural afraid-of-heights!“ This was not a film studio special effects or computer graphics, this was the real deal.

In a situation like this, moving slowly over a line, where snowfall broke out just as Gyllenhaal was to cross the canyon , it can be life threatening if the limbs cool down and become stiff. To protect him from the weather, Jake Gyllenhaal wore the Vatnajokull fleece bibs from 66°NORTH, made from three layers of water- and wind repelling breathing material, and with many other specialized features, like sculpted knees, watertight zippers and a storm list on the side and more, that make the trousers well suited for conditions like these.

For the critical task of lowering himself down on a line into that 20 feet deep hole at Eyjafjallajokull‘s crater, with sulfuric gasses at the bottom which Gyllenhaal said smelled like [BLEEP – erased from the video‘s sound track] – the actor wore gloves suited for that task from another manufacturer. But in the more free walking between locations, he can be spotted wearing 66°NORTH‘s Langjokull PrimaLoft gloves to keep hands and fingers warm, comfortable and nimble in the deep cold and harsh wind of the Icelandic winter. These gloves are made from super strong Crodura nylon, with Pittards leather in the palm, and with fleece lining and PrimaLoft filling that is both very warm and repels water.

These garments are available directly at 66°NORTH‘s online shop, or at 66°NORTH stores, as well as other advanced hi-tech clothes items, designed for protection and a comfortable experience, even in the toughest weather conditions that can be found on Earth.

About 66°NORTH

Over the past ten years, 66°NORTH has grown extensively, and is now considered an expert in the production of a wide selection of advanced, hi-tech outdoor clothing. This expertise has been rewarded with numerous awards for its designs and marketing campaigns.66°NORTH - Sjoklaedagerdin Ltd. is one of Iceland's oldest manufacturing companies, which for decades was and is a market leader in the production of seaman's and work clothes.

Today, 66°NORTH - Sjoklaedagerdin has more than 300 employees and runs 10 shops in Iceland under the brands 66°NORTH and Rammagerdin. The company's website is http://www.66north.com/.

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