The All Weather Jacket is the sister garment to the Tempo Top. Both garments are constructed with multi-panel fitted bodies and semi-raglan sleeves. This approach to pattern cutting gives a sleek silhouette with very good arm mobility. It is quite unlike normal poor fitting winter running gear.
The fabric used in the All Weather Jacket is ground breaking. It is soft, warm and fully weatherproof. The unique tightly woven structure does not require a membrane, this makes it extremely breathable with outstanding temperature regulating properties. The fabric has a bruised inner, so it is comfortable directly against the skin. You can wear it on its own like a top, or with a layer underneath in mid-winter.
The weaving and high temperature dyeing process that give the fabric its special properties result in a deep black colour. This looks great, but this is a winter jacket - you will be running in the dark at some point. Therefore, I added large white reflective trims on the front and back neck. To support this, reflective film is applied to the edge of every bonded seam.
There is a Napoleon pocket on the front chest that can take a standard size phone or keys and cash and a rear pocket that can take gels and larger phones.
Like the Tempo Top, different construction techniques are used on the All Weather Jacket. Waterproof bonded seams throughout most of the garment with taped flatlock seams round the lower armhole.
With a background in high fashion, I understand the importance of the best fabrics, clever pattern cutting and great construction. The All Weather Jacket is the holy grail of winter running clothing - a sleek fitting everyday garment that can take anything the weather throws at it. The rain bounces off, the wind is repelled, while any excess heat is lost through the woven structure. As a runner, I can't ask for more than that.
The brief is, as always, ‘Beautiful Performance Running Wear’.
Tim Soar. London, 2017