Laser Cut Trench Coat
The original high-performance jacket reinvented with 55 cuts of a laser beam.
- Every jacket is made with 55 cuts of a laser beam
- Waterproof and highly abrasion resistant
- The jacket stretches like sports gear
Born in the trenches of World War One, trench coats were one of the first true pieces of high-performance gear designed to keep you alive. Part sportswear, part military wear, the new hybrid Trench Coat let soldiers manoeuvre through the filth and chaos faster. 100 years on, we decided to take the trench coat back to its high-performance roots and reinvent it with cutting-edge material technology and lasers.
To rebuild the trench coat we turned to a high-performance 3-layer Swiss material that combines phenomenal elasticity and abrasion resistance, with waterproofness and breathability. We added a reinforced collar with a detachable storm flap, bonded vents and metal detailing. Every Laser Cut Trench Coat is made with 55 cuts of a laser beam before being bonded together. And as the heat from the laser vaporises and seals the edges of the material as it cuts them, every edge on the jacket is left raw.
Built with Swiss material technology
Three things defined the first trench coats. First, durability. Second, their ability to keep out the elements. Third, they helped you move faster in the worst conditions imaginable. So to rebuild the trench coat we started with material science, turning to one of the most high-performance Swiss materials that combines phenomenal elasticity and abrasion resistance, with waterproofness and breathability.
It stretches like sports gear
While the original trench coats were made with the high performance materials of their day, they aren’t anymore. If you tried to sprint or climb in one now, you’d struggle. But we’ve designed our Laser Cut Trench Coat to work like high-performance sports gear. The entire coat is built from a material that can stretch to one and half times its own length in any direction and return to its normal shape as soon as you let it go. So whatever you’re doing, and however fast you’re going, it won’t restrict you.
A highly durable outer layer
The material is as durable as our 100 Year gear. And we know this because we measure it in the same way. The Martindale abrasion resistance test is the way clothing is tested to see how quickly it will break down. A mechanical thumb rubs the surface of the fabric repeatedly until the fibres start to break. The test goes up to 100,000 revolutions which is the equivalent of a lifetime of wear and tear. A normal polyester fabric can survive around 25,000 revolutions. The Laser Cut Trench Coat easily passes 100,000 cycles of wear.
Waterproof and windproof
Beneath this durable outer layer is a waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable in the worst conditions. Every seam is seam sealed so the wind and rain won’t get in. But if you’re working hard, the membrane will allow sweat to escape.
Cut with a carbon dioxide laser
When you’re working with materials this advanced, the single best way to cut them is with a laser. Very simply, lasers can cut material in ways that human hands can’t – just like a computer can do calculations your brain can’t. A laser beam can be focused on a tiny spot and can concentrate its power even from a massive distance, making it incredibly precise. We use a 0.2mm carbon dioxide laser which can concentrate hundreds of watts on the head of a pin.
Made with 55 cuts of a laser beam
Each Laser Cut Trench Coat is made with exactly 55 cuts of a laser beam before being bonded together. It leaves a series of extraordinarily precise slashes and curves across the jacket that make it look exactly like something should if it’s only ever been touched by a laser. The heat from the beam also vaporises and seals the edges of the material as it cuts them, so every edge of the jacket can be left raw. There’s no need for any extra material or stitching.
The birth of lasers
In 1917, with no end in sight to the war, Einstein became the first person to establish the theoretical foundation for lasers. People had been having nightmares about them ever since Nikola Tesla announced he was working on a death ray two years earlier. But in reality, lasers were the stuff of fantasy for another 43 years. It wasn’t until 1960 in Malibu California that the Hughes Research Laboratories managed to build one. And far from killing people, even the man who operated it, described the laser as “a solution looking for a problem.”
Good for bad guys, and good for good guys
It turns out that ‘problem’ was thousands of different things – from fibre-optic communication and DNA sequencing, to laser printers and barcode scanners. But if you’ve watched enough films with super villains and superheroes, you’ll know lasers are also really good at cutting things. Just a year after the birth of the laser, Superman developed the ability to blast laser beams from his eyes, and a couple of years later Goldfinger tried to cut James Bond in half with one.
The origins of the Trench Coat
Born in the trenches of World War One, trench coats were one of the first true pieces of high-performance gear designed to keep you alive. They came with collars to tuck gas masks into, pockets deep enough for maps, cuffs to tighten against the weather, and removable liners that could be used as bedding. While previous wars had been fought in greatcoats – large and awkward jackets that trailed around your ankles – soldiers in the trenches needed something shorter, lighter and more flexible.
The birth of high-performance clothing
Originally the trench coat was only for officers – men who could afford to buy their own uniforms. And they turned to the same companies that were kitting out explorers and adventurers like Shackleton, Amundsen and Mallory who were taking on Everest and the Antarctic. Part sportswear, part military wear, the new hybrid trench coat let officers manoeuvre through the filth and chaos a bit faster. But as monster-sized rats, dead bodies and flowing sewage piled up around them, many regular soldiers improvised and simply cut the bottoms off their own jackets to mirror this new invention.
Why we reinvented the trench coat
After the war the trench coat became a symbol of survival. Those returning home wore it as a badge of honour. Hollywood adopted it, from Casablanca to Blade Runner. The next generation of military jackets from the bomber jacket to the M65 field jacket all trace their roots back to it. 1960s activists co-opted it. And it became the staple of spies and detectives hanging out in phone boxes late at night in black and white movies. But 100 years on, we decided to take the trench coat back to its high-performance roots, and reinvent it with cutting edge Swiss material technology and lasers.
A high collar designed for harsh weather
You can see the precision of the laser’s work in every element of the jacket. But it’s especially visible in the engineering of the collar. Reinforced with heavy duty zigzag stitching, the collar will hold its shape in any conditions, whether you’re wearing it up or down. When you’re wearing it up, it comes with a storm flap that’s secured in place by a metal snap fastener on either side. When the weather turns hostile, you can fasten the storm flap across your throat to make a seal around your neck and stop the rain and wind getting through.
Detachable storm flap
The storm flap on the collar is detachable. So if the weather looks good, you can either remove it entirely, or just unfasten it one side, leaving it attached to the other side of the collar. The system is designed to be so simple you can carry it out on the move.
Designed to keep the elements out
The two-way waterproof front zipper is covered by a large external storm flap with tough metal snap fasteners. On the inside of the coat there’s an internal storm flap for additional protection from the wind and rain. You’ll find the same metal snap fasteners at the wrists, allowing you to adjust the tightness to create a seal around your gloves and let as little air in as possible.
The side vents are welded and bonded
You’ll find two long side vents on either side of the jacket to keep air flowing around your body and make sure you never feel restricted. The vents are laser cut, bonded and then strengthened with 6 bartacks. There are also four laser-cut vents with welded edges under each armpit to create extra airflow.
Two large side storage pockets
The original trench coats came with large storage pockets for maps. Ours come with two large side pockets to store extra gear. The pockets are reinforced with bartacks that we’ve stitched and bonded for durability. And they fasten with concealed zippers with rubberised pullers.
Wear it with our 100 Year range and Nomad range
If you’re looking for warmth and comfort, the Laser Cut Trench Coat works well with our Nomad Sweater and 100 Year Sweat Pants shown in the photo here. Or if you’re looking for speed and stretch, we recommend wearing it with our Planet Earth Pants and Carbon Fibre T Shirt.
Size + fit
The Laser Cut Trench Coat is designed with a loose fit, with plenty of room for other layers underneath. If you prefer a closer fit, we recommend you go for the size down.
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|Fits waist||71 - 76||76 - 81||81 - 86||86 - 91||91 - 96||96 - 101|
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