The New DARPA Softshell Jacket
       
     
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High Tech
       
     
Unique Design
       
     
Style + Performance
       
     
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The New DARPA Softshell Jacket
       
     
The New DARPA Softshell Jacket

Developed at Betabrand in collaboration with Saul Griffith and Otherlab. All photography by Marko Knezevic used with permission. 

Performance
       
     
Performance

The new DARPA Softshell is inspired by active lifestyles and uses the latest fiber technologies. 

Comfort
       
     
Comfort

Fleece-backed fabric for warmth and next-to-skin comfort. 

High Tech
       
     
High Tech

High-performance softshell fabric sheds rain while a microporous membrane layer allows water vapor to pass through. A DWR-coated woven outer layer is laminated to a fleece backing. Helps you stay dry and warm, but still lets sweat evaporate when you need it to. 

Unique Design
       
     
Unique Design

Asymmetrical seam placement utilizes DARPA-developed algorithms invented by Saul Griffith to optimize fabric yield and eliminate waste. During production, each of the 12 body panels are tightly nested together on the cutting table. 

New features for this version include fleece-backed water resistant softshell fabric, shock cord hood-cinch, heat transfer Betabrand logo, and contrast zippers and stitching details. 

Style + Performance
       
     
Style + Performance

Style for the city. Performance for the outdoors.

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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Marko Knezevic for his incredible work in photographing and editing these images. He can singlehandedly elevate the aesthetic of any project he's involved in. 

Also thank you to Saul Griffith for his work in developing the software used to build the pattern for the original DARPA Hoodie. This new performance softshell version wouldn't have been made were it not for him. Read more about the genesis of the original DARPA Hoodie at Fast Company

And finally, I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an amazingly talented team at Betabrand, who provide the space and resources to bring projects like this to life. You can purchase the new DARPA Softshell Jacket here