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The US$350 glow-in-the-dark jacket
The US$350 glow-in-the-dark jacket
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The company claim the jacket holds its glow for up to 12 hours
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The company claim the jacket holds its glow for up to 12 hours
The US$350 glow-in-the-dark jacket
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The US$350 glow-in-the-dark jacket
The jacket weighs in at 230 grams
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The jacket weighs in at 230 grams
That classic green radioactive glow
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That classic green radioactive glow
The jacket folds up to a small size
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The jacket folds up to a small size
A hood and drawstrings can get you quite snug
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A hood and drawstrings can get you quite snug
The jacket during the day
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The jacket during the day
How to fold up the glow jacket
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How to fold up the glow jacket
During the day the jacket is a light grey color
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During the day the jacket is a light grey color
It is fully waterproof
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It is fully waterproof
This image is just nightmare fuel
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This image is just nightmare fuel
Got a spare $350?
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Got a spare $350?
The jacket can be "charged" using a simple torch
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The jacket can be "charged" using a simple torch
Borderline frightening things could be achieved with this jacket
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Borderline frightening things could be achieved with this jacket
Calling this a Solar Charged Jacket isn't entirely accurate
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Calling this a Solar Charged Jacket isn't entirely accurate
Day and night
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Day and night
The fabric is relatively stretchy
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The fabric is relatively stretchy
Folding phases by day
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Folding phases by day
Even your smart phone can "charge" up the glow in the jacket
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Even your smart phone can "charge" up the glow in the jacket
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Vollebak is a young startup that makes outdoor sportswear with a science and tech slant. Some of the company's earlier innovations included the 100 Year Hoodie, made from super-strong aramid fibers, and a series of Relaxation Hoodies described as "travel-sized isolation tanks". The latest item to join the Vollebak wardrobe is a glow-in-the-dark, waterproof jacket.

The Solar Charged Jacket contains an ultra-thin layer of a phosphorescent compound that absorbs light and re-emits it as a green glow in dark environments. Essentially it's a jacket version of those tiny Starlight stickers you may have had on your bedroom ceiling as a child (or an adult, no judgement here).

There isn't a great deal of information on what the phosphorescent compound is, but Vollebak claims the jacket can keep on glowing for up to 12 hours. Judging from personal experience with glowing materials in the past this is an extraordinarily long time, so maybe take that claim with a grain of salt.

This image is just nightmare fuel
This image is just nightmare fuel

The phosphorescence is sown into the membrane of the jacket so it reportedly isn't affected by washes – an important detail for a piece of clothing. And despite its name, the Solar Charged Jacket can be "charged" by most light sources, from the sun to a head torch.

More traditionally, the item is fully waterproof, contains eyelets under the sleeves for ventilation, and has a rear pocket large enough to hold your phone and wallet when out for a nighttime jog.

During the day the jacket is a light grey color
During the day the jacket is a light grey color

The jacket comes in four standard sizes and is currently on sale for a hefty US$350, so the phosphorescent compounds needed for its construction are presumably quite expensive.

As evidenced by the video below, the glow effect the jacket achieves is starkly effective. There is also something a bit unsettling about seeing a seemingly disembodied glowing jacket running towards you in the darkness, so it could make for some amusing, if expensive, practical jokes to freak your friends out.

Source: Vollebak

Solar Charged Jacket filmed over 24 hours

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1 comment
Wolf0579
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