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Oros Collabs With Legendary Astronaut on NASA-Inspired Flight Jacket

OROS has spent the past year collaborating with NASA astronaut Fred Gregory–the first American of African lineage to pilot and command space missions–to create the C41 Flight Jacket.

Inspired by Gregory’s quest to push the boundaries of human exploration, the C41 flight jacket incorporates Aerogel technology, the same used on NASA spacecraft. Designed using modular Solarcore insulation inspired by the spacesuits worn by NASA astronauts, it is considered the warmest and most technical insulation in the world.

Last year’s iteration, the 39A flight jacket, was designed in partnership with former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan and sold out within hours, according to Oros. The C41 builds upon customer feedback and learnings, and is the latest example of how Oros is challenging industry standards with breakthrough materials technology.

OROS noted that Solarcore is highly flexible and ultrathin, but can create warmth as effectively as a typical overstuffed down or synthetic jacket. It also features a large, insulated pass-through kangaroo pocket with zippered closures to keep mission-critical valuables safe and hands warm.

Hidden inside the end of the sleeve is an elastic cuff that extends with a thumb loop to keep the sleeve down and the cold out.

Shell features include zoned insulation, an exterior kangaroo Solarcore insulated hand pocket, an outside zippered pocket, an asymmetric dual zipper design, 3D hood, adjustable waist with interior clip, extended cuff with thumb loop, articulated sleeves for ease of motion, water-resistant AquaGuard YKK zips, waterproof stretch woven nylon and elastane, PFC-free and durable water repellent fabric, and 100 percent recycled polyester lining.

The C41 Flight Jacket drops on Oct. 15 , with 650 units, each with a certificate of authenticity signed by Gregory. The black jacket, with unisex sizing from XS to XXL, will be available for $350 on orosapparel.com, with 10 percent of the purchase price benefiting the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Last year’s 39A Flight Jacket sold out in record time: within an hour, the company said. One reviewer “personally geeked over the tech that went into designing this jacket,” describing it as “[by] far the coolest, and warmest, most efficient piece of clothing I own.”

“This year we built upon our existing design by introducing a new colorway, Black, inspired by the dark space between the stars, galaxies and everything else known to give off visible light in our solar system,” Oros said.