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VersaLayer Stretchwoven Jacket Features Retractable Insulation (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

The first jacket to offer retractable insulation, so you can adjust your temperature level on the fly, without taking the jacket off.

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by Will Rietveld | 2006-02-01 03:00:00-07

VersaLayer Stretchwoven Jacket Features Retractable Insulation (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

Overview

Hey, get a load of this - pull on the blue straps and the insulation around your core area retracts to your backside, pull on the red straps and the insulation pulls back. The VersaLayer Ability is the first jacket to offer retractable insulation so you can adjust your temperature on the fly without taking the jacket off.

Besides retractable insulation, the Ability Jacket also features a 2-way stretch nylon shell with a Schoeller 3XDry water-repellent coating, high collar, stow-away helmet-compatible hood, twin chest pockets, high hand-warmer pockets with core vents, and a dropped tail.

How reliable is the insulation pull system? Andy Gathings, the inventor, devised a machine to test it and found no failures after 25, 284 pulls. So Andy is pretty confident the system is reliable. The Army Rangers think so too. They have been testing the Ability Jacket for 2 years and have found no failures (they are also reluctant to give the samples back).

VersaLayer Ability Stretchwoven Jacket - 1
Andy Gathings wearing the VersaLayer Ability Jacket with the hood up. The hood is helmet compatible and stuffs into a stow-away pocket under the collar.

Since this is a brand new design and product, Andy invites you to help with field testing. He’s offering a pro deal price of $165 to selected testers; simply send your application in to development@versalayer.com. The jacket will be available March 1.

With an average weight of 19 ounces, the Ability Jacket is not as light as we would like. But it does pack a lot of versatility and performance into one jacket. Andy already has a prototype of a new pullover version that will weigh around 12 ounces. I can’t wait for that one!

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: VersaLayer (www.versalayer.com)
  • Sizes: S to XXL
  • Insulation: 3.5 oz/sq yd continuous filament polyester encased in a 20d nylon. The pull cords are a 100 lb test braided Spectra line with a proprietary coating.
  • Fabrics: shell is a stretchwoven nylon with Schoeller 3XDry treatment, lining is brushed polyester tricot, polyester mesh, and heat reflective mesh
  • Weight: 19 ounces average weight
  • MSRP: $350

Citation

"VersaLayer Stretchwoven Jacket Features Retractable Insulation (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/versaLayer_stretchwoven_jacket_orwm06.html, 2006-02-01 03:00:00-07.

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