The garment science innovators at Vollebak always have something fresh up their sleeve. Their latest is the Indestructible Jacket, their lifeproof & highly technical take on the classic denim jacket. Constructed of black Dyneema fabric, a material that is feather-light & yet 15X stronger than steel. Super lightweight Dyneema gets stronger as it gets colder, giving the jacket all-season functionality while feeling much like regular denim.
PrimaLoft is one of the best synthetic insulators on the market, originally developed for the U.S. Army. Canadian retailer HAVEN is utilizing this warm & lightweight material in a new winter capsule collection. It includes the Canadian military-inspired Combat Jacket, a brushed Japanese flannel, and a Polar Overshirt & Pants set, all featuring the warmth of PrimaLoft.
Flint & Tinder’s flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket is a timeless denim-jacket design but features waxed and weather-resistant Martexin 7 oz. sailcloth fabrication. Designed to break-in and improve with age and wear, as well as shed wet weather, the flannel lining adds an extra layer of winter warmth.
Designed to get you through harsh weather dry, comfortable, & in style, the Cole Jacket from Aether merges urban styling with weekend-worthy outdoor performance. It features 3-layer cotton-lycra-nylon construction for stretch comfort with sealed seams that keep wind & moisture out. Snap front closure.
When Gore-Tex & Canada Goose team up to create outerwear, staying dry & comfortable isn’t even a question. The brands worked together on the totally waterproof Nomad Jacket and Nomad HyBridge Lite Jacket—two rain-proof & breathable jackets made of Gore’s ultra-lightweight soft-shell INFINIUM fabric. The 2 jackets work together as a system “to protect the urban explorer” from spring weather.
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With the weather-resistant Aberdeen work jacket, Filson revives another American-made classic from the brand archives. This lightweight all-condition jacket is constructed in 8-oz. oil finish Cover Cloth with a body lining of Feather Cloth, and it features a heavy-duty front zipper with snap-close storm flap. Available in blue coal or otter green.
Made of 70% recycled materials: polyester & taffeta with mechanical stretch plus a water-repellent DWR finish, Patagonia’s snap-front Silent Down Shirt is a versatile winter layer insulated with 700-fill-power 100% Recycled Down, which is duck and goose down up-cycled from old down products. It’s got 2 chest pockets and hand warmer pockets on the sides. Available in 5 cool colors.
Ultra lightweight Dyneema fabric is the key ingredient in the Emergency Jacket from Black Yak. Tested and approved in high elevation Tibet, it is the lightest jacket with the smallest packing volume on the market and weighing just 71 grams, was purpose-built to protect against wind and weather in emergency situations. It has no pockets but does have a hood as well as an anorak style zip-front closure.
The Reversible Camp Poncho from Poler is the perfect pullover for chilly nights around the campfire. It’s a hooded short sleeve that wraps you in cozy synthetic fill & features side snaps and a fully reversible design. Unsnap it & use as a blanket or pull the drawstring hood tight & bundle up. Comes with its own stuff sack.
Built to battle cold and windy spring weather and inspired by the classic trenchcoat, the Wainwright Coat from Canada Goose is made from canvas-like Dura-Force material designed to handle wet weather. It features handwarmer pockets and a dual zip and button front closure.
Back in the 1930s, Albert Einstein purchased a Levi’s Menlo Cossack leather jacket, a signature piece he would wear for decades. It became synonymous with his early years in the United States, a time when his work achieved global fame. Now Levi’s had the genius idea to re-create & re-release the iconic jacket. In a limited-edition of 500 pieces, as part of the Levi’s Vintage Clothing line, the Einstein jacket will be available in the Spring 2018 collection.
The North Face began as a San Francisco-based climbing equipment retail store, founded in 1966—the same year that the Van Doren Rubber Company started turning out their iconic Vans sneakers in Anaheim. 51 years later they’ve teamed up for a limited edition collaboration. The Vans x TNF Torrey MTE Jacket blends the classic look of a snap-front coaches jacket with the low-profile warmth of TNF’s ultralight quilted ThermoBall synthetic insulation. The rest of the collection looks just as good.
The Long Haul Jacket from Taylor Stitch is made with Dyneema Denim, a denim blend that uses the world’s toughest fabric, Dyneema. It is 14X stronger than steel and Dyneema in the weave gives this classic cut denim jacket abrasion resistance, durability, stretch, and even temperature control. Designed to withstand roadrash for motorcyclists, it is truly built for the long haul.
The Quilted Patrol jacket from Relwen is a modern take on a classic field coat that’s perfect for fall. Quilted insulation, weather-resistant outer shell & dual zip & snap closure will keep out the cold and look good doing it. Available in navy or burnt orange.
Handmade in England, Jago jackets are constructed of a classic weather-resistant fabric called Ventile, a weatherized cotton canvas used back in the day by Everest pioneers and WWII Spitfire Pilots. Everything else about these all-weather jackets is thoroughly modern: they are windproof, breathable & water-resistant, featuring contemporary fit, reinforced forearms, durable threads & heavy grade YKK zips, welted pockets, & underarm stretch paneling.
SoCal-based 686 Outerwear knows what the weekend warriors want in their outerwear. In the case of the Sixer Jacket, it’s a collaboration with Pabst Blue Ribbon to create a winter-worthy parka that keeps you warm & dry while doubling as a cooler. Literally. The interior lining of the jacket has 4 built-in tall can pockets so you can load up on sport sodas before you load the chairlift. Other features include handwarmer gussets with silicone palm grips, a bottle opener keychain, & insulated cooler front pockets. Helmet not included.
For fall and winter activities, the new Ventrix jacket from The North Face is designed to work when you do and regulate your temperature to keep you comfortable in wet and cold conditions. The key to this performance is Ventrix technology, which releases excess body heat through dynamic ventilation—micro vents that open and close with motion. Available for men and women, with our without a hood.
Patagonia calls the new Micro Puff Hoody the “lightest, most-packable insulated jacket the company has ever created.” It features a unique synthetic insulation called PlumaFill, designed to replicate the fluff and insulation of down. It’s constructed with lightweight Pertex Quantum GL nylon ripstop and features a moisture-resistant DWR coating. The design is also packable and weighs just 9.3 ounces.
Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear, maker of ultralight outdoor equipment, has just launched its first-ever piece of outerwear: The Shell. It’s a super lightweight technical jacket made of waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric, keeping its weight to a mere 6-ounces. Adventure-friendly features include a built-in packable stuff sack, helmet compatible hood, waterproof zipper, and adjustable velcro cuffs.
When it comes to waterproof breathability, nothing compares to Gore-Tex. And that’s what gives the Apex Flex GTX hooded softshell from The North Face its super-powers. A soft knit face interior makes it cozy on the inside, while the Gore-Tex membrane dissipates body heat & moisture while keeping the wet weather out.