Wear this stretchy jacket—so glam­orous

Popular Science - - CONTENTS - by Rob Verger

EVER TRIED TO RAISE THE roof in a form-fit­ting rain jacket? Couldn’t get past your ears, could ya? Most shells rely on a wa­ter-block­ing mem­brane that ex­pands only about 10 per­cent. The Out­door Re­search Hemi­spheres jacket can grow to dou­ble its size in key spots, like be­hind the shoul­ders, elim­i­nat­ing that straight-jacket feel­ing. Patches of Gore-Tex fab­ric with stretch tech­nol­ogy have an un­du­lat­ing, three-di­men­sional shape. When you pull the tex­tile, both the wa­ter­tight layer and the at­tached fab­ric ex­pand as the ma­te­rial flat­tens out—like an ac­cor­dion. Re­lease and it snaps back into shape. The re­sult is a wa­ter­proof jacket that won’t limit your move­ment but stays close enough to your body that a funky cloud of sweat can’t form in­side.

/ pho­to­graph by Brian Klutch

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