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World’s Toughest Jacket Is Made from a Fiber 15 Times Stronger Than Steel

Dutch brand Vollebak recently unveiled what it calls the “world’s strongest jacket”. With an exterior made out of 100 percent dyneema, the strongest fiber known to man, the Indestructible Puffer can allegedly withstand whatever abuse you subject it to and last a lifetime.

Adventure clothing brand Vollebak has been creating cutting edge adventure sports clothes for years, and has become known for making some of the toughest garments on the planet. In the past, we’ve featured their virtually indestructible hoodie and a pair of pants designed to last at least 100 years, so we know than when they say their latest creation, the Indestructible Puffer, is the strongest jacket ever made, they mean it! Its outer layer is said to be 15 times stronger than steel and 40% stronger than high-strength aramid fibres, which makes it impervious to shearing, tearing, and blunt-force traumas.

Most puffer jackets are designed to be lightweight, so the outer layer is made of polyester and nylon, which are really easy to tear, but Vollebak’s version is covered in 100 percent dyneema, the strongest fiber in the world. The indestructible Puffer weighs a hefty 2.5 kilograms, but it’s not going to rip apart after a year or two; in fact, there is a good chance you will be able to pass it down to your children.

An interesting thing about the Indestructible Puffer is that it provides more protection the colder it gets outside. That’s right, the jacket has proven to gain 5-10% strength when the temperature drops past -50C. Vollebak claims that “in the coldest temperature ever recorded, this would be the strongest jacket ever made, and still getting stronger”.

Although it’s called the Indestructible Puffer, Vollebak’s jacket isn’t actually indestructible. For example, like most other puffers, it’s really weak to fire, and it can get pierced by bullets. Dyneema can stop bullets, but you need several layers of it. Still, the kind of traumas you can expect on an outdoor adventure are more than manageable.

 

While $985 for a puffer jacket may seem a bit too expensive for most people, there are a lot more expensive puffers out there, and none that will last you 100 years or more.