About

Paca Performance Gear aims to make a difference in the world by creating a unique, eco-friendly, sustainable, and hypoallergenic product line. Originally created by a team for the New Ventures course led by Jeb Gorham at Southern Vermont College, PPG is still developing into a line that will be producing extreme-weather gear available for purchase in the future.

Alpaca Cloud Fiber

Alpaca Cloud Fiber

How we are taking this eco-friendly material and turning it into something that anyone who appreciates the outdoors can enjoy.

Product Development

Product Development

We will be producing jackets, vests, and sleeping bags. Learn more about how we produce our sustainable line.

Wing And A Prayer Farm

Wing And A Prayer Farm

About the farm we partner with that owns the animals that make this entire process possible.

The Alpaca Cloud Fiber

What is it, and why do we use it?

We have found that the Alpaca Cloud Fiber is warmer and more lightweight than a regular down jacket.
How is that you may ask?

The Alpaca Cloud Fiber has hollow pockets that trap warmth for natural insulation.

In 0 degree weather this fiber provides a 50 degree comfort range. That's 20 degrees greater than most synthetics, and 30 degrees greater than wool. Initial product tests show our fiber fill is 10% warmer and up to 30% lighter than comparable down and synthetics.

We use the second and third cuts of the fiber because it is more cost effective and has never been used in this way before. Typically these cuts are composted or felted.

 

Top National Pitch Finalist - 2017

Top National Pitch Finalist - 2017

St. Louis University 'Real' Elevator Pitch - 2nd Overall

ABQid Skilift Pitch - Top 3

PNW Big Sell - Top 12 Finalist 

Paca Performance Gear is a Sustainable Ventures initiative that was vetted in an academic setting and truly fits the "Made in Vermont" marketplace tag. The opportunity to offer customers an alternative and sustainable product line starting with a jacket prototype and then moving into production of outdoor apparel, gear and then diversifying into home goods will be an amazing adventure for the PPG team.

- Jeb Gorham, M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of Sustainable Ventures at the McCormick Division of Business of Southern Vermont College

Behind Paca Performance Gear

Our Team

Dr. Jeb Gorham

Dr. Jeb Gorham

CEO

Visionary, innovative educator, strategizer and industry connector

Dr. Stacey Hills

Dr. Stacey Hills

Managing Partner

Marketing guru and behind the scenes catch-all

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

R&D Technical Support

Bio-physics Mastermind, materials and products analyst

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We are Paca Performance Gear! It started as an innovative idea at Southern Vermont College. Since then we have...