Planet Earth Jacket
Invented in the Scottish seas and the Vietnam jungle.
- Outer material is 100% waxed cotton by British Millerain
- Water and wind resistant
- Six external and three internal pockets
Field jackets have a violent past. Born in WWII and Vietnam they were worn by De Niro in Taxi Driver, then Rambo. The Terminator even ripped a guy’s heart out to get one. With storage pockets large enough to replace backpacks, and the ability to see you through freezing winters, heatwaves and rainstorms all at the same time, the original field jackets emerged from the idea that your enemy could be anywhere on Earth – from cold European cities to stormy Pacific islands.
By the 1960s US soldiers were fighting in the dense tropical jungles of Vietnam. The new climate and terrain meant the field jacket had to adapt again. And it was here that the most iconic field jacket was born – the M65. In the face of torrential rain and wind, it stood out as the most versatile and functional jacket ever built. So when we decided to build a jacket that could work anywhere on the planet, this was our starting point.
Field jackets have a violent past. Born in WWII and Vietnam they were worn by De Niro in Taxi Driver, then Rambo. The Terminator even ripped a guy’s heart out to get one.
The M65 was made for jungle warfare
By the 1960s US soldiers were fighting in the dense tropical jungles of Vietnam. The new climate and terrain meant the field jacket had to adapt again. And it was here that the most iconic field jacket was born – the M65. While almost any jacket would have been too hot and heavy for combat in the jungle, the M65 worked perfectly in the post-monsoon months when temperatures cooled. In the face of torrential rain and wind, it stood out as the most versatile and functional jacket ever built. So when we decided to build a jacket that could work anywhere on the planet, this was our starting point.
Invented 600 years ago on the North Sea
Covering materials in wax dates back to 15th century Scotland. As sailors travelled on the trade routes to the Baltics, they found that the linen sails on their boats were better at catching the wind when they were wet. So they started coating them in fish oil and linseed oil to catch the rain and spray. It not only made them less porous, but it accidentally made them weatherproof at the same time. Having fixed their sails, these same sailors went on to invent the first wax jackets by stitching together scraps of old sails to protect themselves from the torrential rain and wind at sea.
The birth of waxed cotton
By the 19th century heavy linen sails had been replaced by lightweight Egyptian cotton picked up by the tea clippers on their way back from China. But the oil coatings that worked on linen didn’t work on cotton. They cracked in the cold and melted in the heat. And it wasn’t until the 1930s that British Millerain invented the solution. They created a cotton coated in paraffin wax that was soft, waterproof and breathable. After testing it on the other side of the world in New Zealand, the new wax outperformed everything that had come before, set a new standard for weatherproof clothing, and is still being used today.
An adjustable collar for harsh weather
You can fasten the collar across your throat when the weather turns bad, and there are two metal press studs to let you adjust the tightness. When you’re not using it, you can secure the fastening belt behind a loop that sits to the side of the collar. The entire inside of the collar is lined with fleece to keep your neck and chin comfortable.
Four large layered front pockets
You’ll find two more large fleece-lined side pockets that fasten with heavy-duty metal zippers on the sides of the jacket. Then layered over these pockets are two giant bellows pockets that can expand to fit more gear. The bellows pockets are protected by angled storm flaps and fasten shut with metal snap fasteners.
Designed to keep the elements out
The jacket is fitted with a heavy-duty, two-way metal front zipper. It’s covered by a large external storm flap with tough metal snap fasteners, and underneath there’s an internal storm flap to protect you from wind and rain. You’ll find the same metal snap fasteners at the cuffs, and two settings for how tight you want them. The cuffs are lined with fleece for warmth and comfort.
Two underarm vents
We’ve built concealed vents under each arm that open and close with body movement, so they’ll help to stop you overheating if you’re working hard. The vents are lined with an ultra-soft and super elastic Italian mesh. The mesh is fast drying and incredibly breathable, so sweat can escape easily and air can flow into the jacket to cool you quickly.
Size + Fit
The Planet Earth Jacket has a regular fit.
|Fits chest||83 - 90||91 - 98||99 - 106||107 - 114||115 - 122||123 - 130|
|Fits waist||71 - 76||76 - 81||81 - 86||86 - 91||91 - 96||96 - 101|
|Fits chest||33 - 36||36 - 39||39 - 42||42 - 45||45 - 48||48 - 51|
|Fits waist||28 - 30||30 - 32||32 - 34||34 - 36||36 - 38||38 - 40|