Made from the same space parachute material used to land the Cassini-Huygens probe on Titan.
- Lined with space parachute material
- Outer material is waterproof and windproof
- Recycled synthetic insulation recreates the warmth of real down
Titan is Saturn’s largest moon. And one day it could be our next home. It comes with an atmosphere 4x thicker than Earth’s, and it’s only the second body in our Solar System known to have liquid on its surface – we live on the other one. So just like the Moon and Mars it has potential.
However, Titan is cryogenically cold. With average surface temperatures of -179°C, it’s twice as cold as anything recorded on Earth. It also has methane monsoons and cryovolcanoes spewing out jets of freezing hydrocarbon rain. So don’t book your flight just yet. As we continue to build clothing for planet Earth and beyond, embracing the challenges of Titan forces us to push the technological boundaries of extreme cold weather clothing.
It's why the Titan Pants come with an outer material designed to survive warzones and emergency pull cords for blizzards. The inside of the pants is made from the same extreme-strength parachute material used to land a probe on Titan and The Perseverance Rover on Mars. And they’re part of our Titan system, which we’ve tested down to -100°C in a liquid nitrogen chamber.
We tested our Titan system the way you test components in missiles
To stand a chance of getting close to the surface temperatures on Titan we had to head into the lab. We turned to a test called Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) or Destruct Testing. It uses a liquid nitrogen cooling system to create rapid temperature changes, putting enormous stress on anything inside the chamber. The method is normally used on hardware like electronic components for missiles which need to survive in freezing temperatures at high altitude, making us the first to ever use it for testing a piece of clothing.
Blasted with liquid nitrogen at -100°C
The HALT chamber is about a metre high, a metre deep and a metre wide. It’s also -100°C in there and filled with liquid nitrogen. So it’s not a space you put people in. So we put the Titan Puffer (which is made with exactly the same materials as the pants) on a static mannequin with a heat source inside it, placing thermocouples in key zones including the chest and back. We then sprayed it with water and blasted it with liquid nitrogen at -100°C, which is as cold as the chamber goes.
Our Titan gear will keep you warm in temperatures of -50°C
Even with a static mannequin that couldn’t move and was only wearing the jacket, the body’s core temperature remained warm and stable at -50°C. So we turned the chamber down to -100°C to see what would happen next. In temperatures this cold you’re not just thinking about the human body surviving. You’re thinking about the jacket not freezing and shattering. The Titan Puffer came out intact. So we’re on the right track. And the mannequin’s temperature stayed stable for 5 minutes at -100°C, which is colder than any temperature ever recorded on Earth.
‘Earth’s twin’ is cryogenically cold
If you were to land on Titan tomorrow it has a geography you’d recognise, with clouds, lakes, rivers and mountains. It also has an atmosphere 4x as thick as Earth’s and a bit more surface pressure too. It’s why it’s known as ‘Earth’s twin.’ But in 2005 a NASA probe confirmed one more thing – Titan is cold. Cryogenically cold. So when we went to build pants for the most extreme cold imaginable, and with the most space age materials ever made, Titan was where we started. And it's why the Titan Pants use tech more used to landing probes on planets than building clothes.
The pants are lined with space parachutes
The most advanced part of the Titan Pants is possibly the bit you don’t see. Because the inner lining is made from one of the craziest materials ever invented. On 18 February 2021, the Perseverance Rover was heading towards Mars at 20,000kmph, or Mach 16. It needed something to slow it down. And to do this it deployed a parachute that reduced its speed by over 98% in just a couple of seconds to 320kmph. The impact shock of slamming on the brakes at hypersonic speed is incredible. But NASA had created the lightest, strongest and most temperature resistant parachute fabric ever produced. So that’s the material we now use just to make the inside of Titan Pants.
The lining has already been to Titan and Mars
16 years earlier the same technology was used to land the Cassini-Huygens probe on Titan during Saturn’s first ever space-research mission. On Christmas Day 2004, after a 7 year journey, the parachute deployed about 180km above Titan’s surface. On 14 January 2005 Cassini began successfully broadcasting images of Titan’s surface from Huygens back to Earth. It became the first probe to land in the outer Solar System – the furthest any spacecraft has ever landed. And if you ever make it to Titan you might find the parachute still there.
The material is heading back to Titan
In 2026 NASA will launch its Dragonfly rotorcraft to Titan. Scheduled to touch down in 2034, it will fly multiple missions to sample and examine dozens of sites, searching for the building blocks of life, and any prebiotic chemical processes shared by both Earth and Titan. The lander’s 7 year journey will conclude with a 105-minute descent at a speed of Mach 1.5, where another parachute will deploy to slow the capsule to subsonic speeds.
It spent 15 years in R&D
With missions costing billions of dollars you don’t want the parachute to be the thing that fails. So an incredible amount of R&D goes into them. In this case the high-tenacity, heat-proof nylon took 15 years to develop. Spun at high speed before being washed, coloured and processed with a special finish to ensure rapid deployment, they are the lightest, strongest and most heat resistant parachute fabrics ever produced. They are baked at 275°F to kill any microorganisms that might contaminate other worlds, before travelling through space at temperatures well below freezing. And today you’ll find it lining the inside of the Titan Pants.
The inside of the pants is made from the same space parachute material used to land The Perseverance Rover on Mars and the Cassini-Huygens probe on Titan.
An outer material designed to survive warzones
The outside of the Titan Pants is made from an ultralight and high-strength material developed for the British Special Forces in Afghanistan. In remote terrain every ounce of extra weight counts against you. So the material we use is not only built to be incredibly strong and incredibly light, but work out in the field. Waterproof, triple-layered, and made from a high-tenacity nylon, it’s weather resistant, and built to cope with rapid temperature changes without getting damaged.
It keeps out rain while staying breathable
While the outside of the pants looks like a single layer of incredibly light material, it’s actually 3 super thin layers laminated together. The very outer layer is coated with a water repellent treatment to make snow and rain bead off the surface of the pants. Underneath this is a membrane which is waterproof to over 10,000mm while remaining highly breathable, so that your body stays comfortable even in regular cold temperatures. And the final layer is a thin mesh which keeps the material robust but lightweight. Its reinforced threads are interwoven into a crosshatch pattern giving the outside of the Titan Pants its three-dimensional texture, providing strength and durability, while also looking out of this world.
Thanks to its military origins the outer layer of the pants is printed with low-infrared refraction pigments, making it hard to detect through night-vision goggles and rifle scopes. Just in case you end up being hunted down on Titan.
Insulation makes up nearly half of the total weight of the pants
Today insulation equals warmth. And it’s why we’ve gone to such extreme lengths to save weight building the inside and outside of the pants – the more weight we save there, the more insulation we can add. For context, our Waterfallproof Puffer keeps you warm down to -40°C, and its insulation makes up 20% of the jacket’s weight. For the Titan Pants, 40% of the total weight is in the insulation.
We use plastic bottles to recreate the warmth of down
The Titan Pants’ insulation is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The ultrasoft microfibres are so light and puffy that they trap enough heat next to your body to recreate the warmth of real down, without needing to pull feathers out of ducks or geese. And while down will clump and stop insulating if it gets wet, the synthetic fibres will continue keeping you warm even in damp conditions.
With average surface temperatures of -179°C, Titan is twice as cold as anything recorded on Earth. Living there one day will not only redefine not just what cold means, but how cold weather clothing is built.
Zipped pockets with giant pull cords
No one has been to Titan yet. But we’re assuming you won’t want to be fumbling around with zippers when you're being battered by a space blizzard. That’s why everything on the Titan Pants has been designed to be operated while wearing thick padded gloves. The two zipped pockets at the sides of the pants come with custom oversized pull cord so you can do them up one-handed. There’s also a zipped pocket on the back of the pants protected by a storm flap.
A technical waistband designed for comfort
The inside of the waistband is lined with soft fleece. It closes with a zip fly, a concealed hook and bar fastener, and a metal press stud. Either side of the waistband you’ll find adjusters made from heavy-duty tape so you can tighten the pants as much as you want. The adjusters fix into place with metal snap fasteners, with three different tightness settings to choose from.
Equipped with a hidden vent
While the pants are designed to keep you comfortable in the cold, there will be times when you need to get rid of excess heat. So to help prevent you from overheating, we’ve built a concealed zipped vent into the crotch that you can open to help cool you. The vent is lined with a feather-soft, super elastic, lightweight Italian mesh fabric that’s fast drying and incredibly breathable, so sweat can escape easily and cool air can flow around your body.
We use zigzag stitching for strength
Our Titan Pants use thick zig zag stitches. You’ll find it across all the baffles – the pockets created between two layers of fabric filled with our synthetic insulation. It’s not just there to look good. A zigzag seam concentrates force at the points of the zigs and the zags – as opposed to a straight seam that spreads force across a long line. It makes our stitching incredibly strong and hard to tear.
Size + Fit
The Titan Pants are designed with a regular fit.
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