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Harder, higher, sooner, stronger – the Daft Punk anthem sums up the gadgets created by garment pioneer Vollebak. Founded 5 years in the past by twins Nick and Steve Tidball, each athletes and former advert males, the label is thought for fusing Willy Wonka-ish innovation with scientific smarts. Utilising supplies corresponding to carbon fibre and copper, it’s beloved by early adopters for what Steve calls ‘the most fascinating environments on and off our planet’.

In partnership with Swiss textile professional Schoeller, Vollebak was the primary to use ceramic particles usually used on jet-engine blades to an ultra-tough T-shirt. Another high, constructed from eucalyptus and algae ink is next-level eco – it biodegrades in eight to 12 weeks. Products are rigorously examined, typically by the label’s buyer base, ‘the people shaping and predicting the future – rocket scientists, explorers and visionary billionaires’, says Steve. The graphene jacket, which acts like a radiator when worn, was put by its paces in Nepal.


Deep Sleep Cocoon go well with made to imitate a woodlouse in transformation

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The brothers see human arrival on Mars as ‘a when not an if’ and purpose to manufacture the wardrobe for the primary travellers to the Red Planet. After creating the Deep Sleep Cocoon, a self-contained micro-habitat/go well with in 2019, they rented a billboard exterior California’s SpaceX HQ that learn, ‘Our jacket is ready. How is your rocket going?’ As for what’s subsequent, they’re researching anti-gravity apparel and growing equipment for the ultra-intense climates – floods, freak snowstorms – Twenty first-century explorers could face.

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THE SURVIVAL SHIRT


Designed with ex Royal Marine commando Aldo Kane to be used in unknown terrain, this water – and dirt-repellent, bacteria-resistant mannequin has an anti-mosquito collar, a mess of gadget loops, strengthened stitching and shatterproof buttons.
Wear it for: Amazon-rainforest trekking.
Planet Earth Shirt, £245

THE LIGHT-SOURCE JACKET

Due to an ultra-thin membrane that may be charged by any sort of sunshine (the solar, an iPhone torch), the material transforms to glow neon at night time.
Wear it for: distant mountain expeditions – it may show a lifesaver visibility-wise.
Solar Charged Jacket, £395

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE TROUSERS

These high-performance pants are constructed from fireproof materials initially developed for the army. They handed the Martindale abrasion resistance check for a lifetime of damage and tear with out a single fibre breaking.
Wear it for: wild tenting – threads of kindling for firemaking are hidden inside a nylon paracord loop in case you’re wanting provides.
100 Year Pants, £495

Website: vollebak.com

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