Technical details
Open Accordion
Size + fit
Open Accordion

We shot the Black Light Jacket on adventurer and explorer Aldo Kane who is 5ft 9 / 175cm and wears size medium.

The fit is loose to allow for the entire Black Light layering system or even a puffer jacket underneath. So if you prefer a closer fit you can buy a size down.

See our size guide for more advice on sizing.

And don’t worry if you order something and it doesn’t fit – we have a free, no-hassle 30 day return and exchange period.

Arm length57-6060-6363-6666-69
Back length59-6262-6565-6868-71
Arm length23-2424-2525-26.526.5-27.5
Back length23.5-24.524.5-2626-2727-28
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Every single layer makes you highly visible at night

Any of the four pieces of our Black Light gear can be worn on their own, or as part of the Black Light layering system. The idea for the range is simple. We want to get rid of the outdated idea that you have to wear a specific layer like a vest or jacket to be seen - every single layer should provide exactly the same high visibility protection in exactly the same way. So we designed a high visibility range where every layer, whether it’s a t shirt or a shell, does exactly the same amazing job.

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It looks completely stealth during the day

By day the jacket is the same subtle blend of matt black hues as a stealth bomber. We wanted it to look cool, unobtrusive, and not like you’re wearing high vis gear at all. So everything is matt black, from the Italian materials to the waterproof zips and seams to the black glass dots. While the reflective dots kick into life when you shine light at them at night, the rest of the time you won’t really notice them as they’re flush to the material and have a matt, rubberised finish.

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How we use black glass to emit light

Most high vis gear uses ugly thick silver reflective tapes or stripes. Ours doesn’t. We’ve custom-made thousands of super-thin matt black dots that reflect light back at any source. The science behind them is simple. Each dot has over 60,000 microscopic black glass spheres embedded in its surface. You can’t see or feel the glass though. Each dot is soft, flat, flexible, completely smooth to the touch and weighs a fraction of a gram.

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Reflective dots transform it at night

The jacket remains matt black at night until light falls on it. Whether it’s car headlights, a torch or a helicopter search light, the jacket’s 22 reflective dots transform from matt black into glowing discs of bright white light. The dots are positioned on the parts of your body that move the most – like your elbows, wrists, shoulders head, and hips – so that when they light up they create a pattern that’s instantly recognisable as a person from any angle.

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8 dots of light are all you need to see a person

Colour is useless in the dark as our eyes can’t see it. Instead our brain’s ‘pattern recognition system’ takes over. So we’ve designed our pattern of dots based on the science of seeing someone at night. Experimental psychologists have shown how just 8 dots of light surrounded by complete darkness are all the information our eyes and brain need to understand we’re actually looking at a person. Our brains are so good at it, that in 0.25 of a second we can predict what they’re doing, where they’re going and how fast.

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Soft and light enough for summer

The entire jacket is built from a fabric made to our specifications in Italy. The material has been pre-washed which makes it beautifully soft to wear and more like cotton. It’s stretchy, highly breathable and waterproof to over 15,000mm so will keep you dry in mountain downpours. The inside of the jacket is lined with an incredibly fine mesh that’s so soft it can be worn comfortably with just a t shirt or a baselayer.

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Hardwearing through the winter

While the jacket is super soft to wear, we’ve made the outer layer from a hard-wearing 6.6 nylon that we’ve reinforced with ripstop to make it highly durable and protect it against falls, branches or rock. Pre-shaped shoulders are engineered to allow extreme movement rather than hamper it, and the jacket is a loose cut to allow for the entire Black Light layering system underneath it.

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Super high collar for the slopes

The jacket’s super high collar and oversized air-vented muzzle are designed to ride comfortably up and over your face to meet your goggles on high speed runs. We’ve also engineered the collar and ocean-racing marine hood to operate independently, so if you want to ride with your face covered but your hood down, you can. The elasticated hood works with any ski and snowboard helmet and has drawcord adjusters at the side and back.

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Ultra practical and durable detailing in any conditions

Two large waterproof front pockets are positioned to be fully usable while wearing a backpack. Waterproofed pit zips come with two way zippers and can be operated with one hand. The oversized, heavy-duty front zipper is waterproof, backed with an internal storm flap, and comes with rubberised zip pulls. There’s a large internal zipped pocket with headphone loops for your phone, and super adhesive Velcro cuff adjusters to keep the powder or rain out.

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Wear the system in 14 different combinations

When it comes to sport, you shouldn’t have to make a choice between over-heating and being seen. Whether you’re layering up or stripping off, the Black Light system can be worn in 14 different combinations, and gives you the same high visibility protection at all times. Whatever you’re doing, however fast you’re going, and almost whatever angle you’re seen from, we’ve designed the Black Light system so that at least 8 reflective dots will always be visible.

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