If any other brand had claimed to made an ‘indestructible’ puffer jacket normally I’d have taken a somewhat cynical viewpoint. Though when I saw that it was Vollebak I instantly believed this bold statement because that’s exactly the kind of thing they’d do. True pioneers and boundary pushers, they’re a brand who make game-changing products like no other.
The puffer in question is constructed from the world’s strongest fibre Dyneema which is 15 times stronger than steel. Which is why it was originally designed for use in anti-ballistic vehicle armour, mooring systems for giant container ships and ropes used to tie down oil rigs in violent, icy seas. In fact early tests of the mooring lines proved so strong that they broke the machines that were meant to be testing them, and when trialled as body armour it stopped bullets from an actual Kalashnikov.
What’s equally amazing is that the colder Dyneema gets the stronger it becomes, hence it being used to make the mooring lines on gigantic ships and deep-water oil rigs. Or as Vollebak head honcho Steve Tidball puts it:
“Most puffer jackets are built to be as light as possible, so the outsides are typically made from super lightweight polyester and nylon. The trade-off for this weight saving is that they are incredibly easy to tear and snag. And once you have a rip, or the seams have started to go, or the tiny spines of down have poked their way through the lightweight outer layer, it’s simply an escape hatch for the feathers inside, and the jackets destroy themselves from the inside out.
We wanted to create a jacket that could withstand the toughest challenges in the toughest places on Earth. Nature claws at you and hits you. So in our testing we exposed the puffer jacket to the shearing, tearing, and blunt-force traumas that you’ll get in the real world from rocks, trees and falls. Dyneema is so strong this jacket is almost impossible to rip. Blunt-force trauma will have almost no impact on it other than marking it. And our knife slash test shows what damage the sharpest rocks would be likely to inflict. It will withstand any abuse you put it through during your lifetime and be in good enough condition to pass down to your grandkids when you’re done with it.”
As if that wasn’t impressive enough the Vollebak Indestructible Puffer also features a toasty clump-free 600+ fill power insulation with each jacket being made from around 30 recycled half litre plastic bottles. Additional ultra-durable detailing includes two invisible chest pockets and two fleece lined side pockets; military grade wrist belt tapes; a heavy duty, two way zipper; cordura built jacket adjusters; and a large storm flap and brass press studs with matte black finish to help secure the jacket in place. In these tough times we live in, we need appropriate clothing to see us through which renders this beautiful Vollebak jacket indispensable as well as indestructible.
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