Sometimes you have to take the claim of “waterproof” with a grain of salt. Sure, the material will shed water—for a few days. But stay in the storm long enough, and water will eventually seep through. Or, add a little pressure, like, say, a backpack. The weight of the straps pressing on your shoulders will push water through just about any fabric. Vollebak’s 100 Year Jacket took all of that into consideration. That’s why they went with a material that is tried and true when it comes to being waterproof. It’s the same material used in motorcycle jackets. Think about it, when you’re racing a motorcycle through torrential rain, that water is hitting you at both high speeds and with high pressure. The material has to be able to withstand that rough treatment. Makes sense, right? Well it also makes sense for Vollebak to use that material in their 100 Year Jacket.
Vollebak made the jacket with the toughest, harshest environments in mind. The jacket is highly resistant to abrasion, so you won’t have to worry about tearing it on every corner and edge. It’s also breathable, making it comfortable to wear instead of stifling and unbearable. Then, of course, there’s also the waterproofing. The jacket is meant to take on the weather, from storms and blizzards to torrential rain, wind, ice, and snow. The jacket also features a Swiss-built membrane that contracts in the cold to keep your warmth in, expands in hot weather to disperse sweat, and adds a second layer of waterproofness. And that’s both in the city or on the mountain. But survival isn’t just about keeping warm and dry—though that’s a big part of it—the jacket also has large pockets for you to stow your gear.
That name “100 Year Jacket”—where does it come from? Well, after thorough testing, Vollebak discovered that it would take 100 years of use for the fabric to start breaking down. If you want a century’s worth of reliability, then you’ll want to pick up the 100 Year Jacket. Vollebak sells it for $895.