Vollebak Indestructible Puffer Jacket

If you know Vollebak, you’ll be only too aware that they are an apparel brand that definitely doesn’t do things by half measures so far as the materials used in their crafting are concerned. Their latest piece of outerwear off the conveyor belt is no exception in the shape of this rather extraordinary Vollebak Indestructible Puffer Jacket which is crafted from the strongest fibre ever created to ensure that this outerwear doesn’t let you down whatever conditions you find yourself in.

The Vollebak Indestructible Puffer Jacket has a price tag befitting of the unique and high end materials used in its crafting and sits at a hefty £795 but, when you take into account just how robust this piece of outerwear is, it becomes a good deal more justifiable. Vollebak have taken the puffer jacket – which is usually one of the weakest and most delicate pieces of clothing you can buy – and rebuilt it from the strongest fibre ever made. Every fibre on the outside of the jacket is up to 15x stronger than steel, so even if you were wearing a steel-plated jacket that was the same weight, the Indestructible Puffer would be 15x stronger. Pretty impressive, no?

Made For Adventure

The material Vollebak have opted for here is so tough it was originally used in body armour, anti-ballistic vehicle armour, mooring systems for giant container ships, and ropes used to tie down oil rigs in violent, icy seas. Needless to say, it doesn’t mess about and this Vollebak Indestructible Puffer Jacket is the toughest piece of outerwear on the market, bar none. In early tests the mooring lines were so strong they broke the machines that were meant to be testing them, and the body armour stopped bullets from a Kalashnikov.

So when Vollebak went to build the toughest puffer jacket ever created, there was only ever one material they even considered making it out of. Built to see you down to -40°C the jacket comes in one colour, black. And one mode, tough. For those who need their outerwear to stand up to the most uncompromising of conditions, this Vollebak Indestructible Puffer Jacket (£795) has to be the number one choice in our opinion here at The Coolector.

Crafted from Dyneema which is the single strongest fibre known to man today, you’ll be blown away by the protection this jacket provides. If you’re into your chemistry, it’s an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene that expertly joins extreme strength with very low weight. On a weight for weight basis Dyneema is up to 15x stronger than steel and 40% stronger than high-strength aramid fibres. Vollebak wanted to design a jacket that could withstand the hardest tests in the coldest places on Earth. Nature claws at you, hits you and freezes you. So in their testing they exposed the puffer jacket to the shearing, tearing, and blunt-force traumas that you’ll get in the real world from rocks, ice, trees, and falls. And, safe to say, it didn’t disappoint.

Colossal Cold Weather Performance

The colder it gets, the better the Indestructible Puffer Jacket from Vollebak performs. The colder Dyneema gets, the stronger it gets, which is why it’s chosen to make the mooring lines on huge ships and deep-water oil rigs that have to deliver in devilishly cold seas. A mooring line on a winch buried under heavy ice on a ship sailing in extreme conditions just cannot fail. As the temperature drops down to -50°C the Dyneema ropes gain 5-10% strength and this shines through in the cold weather capabilities of this excellent piece of outerwear from Vollebak.

This jacket is extremely different to your average, lightweight packable down jacket, in the same way that climbing into a tank is different from climbing into a car. This one is not going to rip apart after a year or two, or start spewing feathers, and you won’t want to try and pack it away into its own pocket because it will definitely stand up to you on this. This is crafted for the hardest challenges in the toughest places on the planet, which is why it weighs 2,500 grams and is built to keep you warm at -40°C. The ultimate no nonsense jacket that takes no prisoners.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.