Making of the Element:
Aether started out as a Men’s outerwear company, and was formed in reaction to our co-founders own frustrations while shopping. As outdoor enthusiasts living in the city, they felt there was a need for men’s technical performance jackets with a refined urban aesthetic. However, after our first season, they quickly discovered this combination not only struck a chord with men, but with women as well.
Instead of just making a Women’s version of our Men’s collection, we thought it best to go back to the drawing boards. While we wanted to combine the same performance and style that made our Men’s collection so popular, we also wanted to give specific consideration to the unique shape and fit required by women.
In searching for a jacket to be the backbone of this new collection, we started work on a project to make the ultimate women’s winter jacket. Something refined enough for the city, but with enough technical features for the mountain. The result of that effort was The Element.
Designed for the coldest of conditions, we loaded the Element with 200 grams of PrimaLoft® One fill, the most highly insulated jacket we have ever made. This low-profile synthetic insulation delivers exceptional warmth without the bulk of a traditional down jacket – lending itself to a more sophisticated silhouette.
We used a soft 2-layer weatherproof shell for the exterior fabric, which has been completely seam-sealed to lock out the snow, sleet and rain. On the interior, the Element has been lined with a box quilted microfiber ripstop for a plush luxurious feel. The box-quilting also maximizes the amount of insulation that can be used while still remaining low volume.
In terms of technical features, we designed the Element with a 3-point adjustable hood for increased peripheral vision. We found this feature to be particularly useful when coming down the slope or crossing a busy city street. Wind barriers in the cuffs and an insulated standing collar were incorporated to keep cold blasts of air out and your body heat in. We also added an interior D-ring for storing gloves.
With its clean design and refined tailored fit, the Element is an excellent choice for the city, but with its performance construction and technical features it’s also a great option for the mountain as well. A versatile winter cross-over, the Element is designed for cold weather no matter the terrain.
Now available on our online shop.
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