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When Canadian technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall joined forces with The Dyneema® Project, the aim was to develop a jacket suitable for wearing in alpine conditions.

Both waterproof and breathable, while providing wearers with complete freedom of movement, the backbone of the jacket’s design is of course Dyneema fabric, a textile that is stronger than steel but floats on water, despite being paper-thin, and has been previously used to stop bullets and repair human ligaments.

Within the performance sports apparel industry, Dyneema is endeavoring to change the game, and in the past we’ve seen the Dutch firm work with brands like adidas and Outlier to produce goods that can only be described as technically superior. As Nachtigall explains, “It’s a fabric but isn’t a fabric – bonded instead of woven, super lightweight yet super tough. I want the wearer to shift their idea of what they can do based on what they’re wearing.”

“I had a few rolls of Dyneema and was experimenting with the material a bit. Mostly trying to figure out how to deal with the challenge of constructing a sealed jacket with no thermo-bonding techniques.”

“There are some hidden reinforcements, folding, and layering inside the jacket, in the pockets and hood for instance. Conversely, theres also a trimming away and reducing areas where ever possible. Part of this was learning to work with unfamiliar and rather extreme materials and making sure it’ll all hold together. The fabric is so thin and light that it creates a bit of nervousness in the process.”

Nachtigall’s prototype was tested in Squamish, British Columbia – a paradise for skiers, snowbaorders and adventure seekers – and you can see the results for yourself in the video below.

At the moment, the jacket remains just a concept, and won’t be hitting shelves as of now. But stay posted for more news from The Dyneema® Project.

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