Blue Morpho Jacket. The light-reflecting hardshell made from 2 billion glass spheres.
We designed the Blue Morpho Jacket to recreate nature’s most brilliant solution to high visibility – the iridescent wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly. Each jacket has been engineered with lasers, resin and over 2 billion microscopic glass spheres to create a crazily reflective ski and snowboard jacket that can shift from matt blue to a bionic blue in a nanosecond.
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The surface of the Blue Morpho Jacket acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions you’re out in. In sunlight it will shift from a deep ocean blue to shimmering metallic blue thanks to its entirely reflective glass face. While at night, headtorches, search lights or camera flashes transform it into a trippy, bionic-looking blue. The fabric is smooth to the touch, but close up it has an industrial 3D look and each jacket has its own unique markings left in the resin and glass surface from its highly technical construction process. Built for snowsports the jacket is engineered to allow maximum range of motion and with room for your puffer or hoodie underneath. It’s fully seam-sealed and waterproofed, and features an ocean-racing style marine hood and super-high collar, which operate independently – so if you want your mouth and nose covered at high speed but your hood down, you can.
- 3 layer fabric is 100% polyester with resin and glass
- Waterproof to 10,000mm
- 100% performance in spray tests
- The entire jacket is fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
- Heavy-duty waterproof YKK front zipper with rubberised zip pullers
- Large waterproofed pit zips for ventilation
- Ocean-racing style marine hood with separate collar and hood construction
- Elasticated adjustments on both sides of the hood to fit a helmet
- Elasticated hem with draw cord adjuster to secure
- High front collar with chin-guard and air vents
- Shoulder and sleeve construction shaped for maximum range of motion
- Moulded super-adhesive Velcro cuff adjusters
- Internal zipped pocket with a headphone loop
- Fabric produced in Italy, with the jacket constructed in Portugal
- Hand wash with cold water
We shot the Blue Morpho Jacket on skier, snowboarder and speed flyer Murray Smith, who is 5ft 9 / 175cm and wearing size small. The fit is loose to allow room for your puffer or hoodie underneath.
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.
Reverse engineering the Morpho butterfly
Nature’s most stunning solution to high-visibility is the brilliant Blue Morpho butterfly. The microscopic scales that cover its wings reflect light to create an iridescent shimmering blue that’s constantly shifting colour and can be seen by pilots flying over the rainforest from a kilometre away. We’ve used highly reflective microscopic blue glass spheres on the surface of our jacket to mimic the microstructures on the surface of its wing, making it ultra-visible from long range.
How 2 billion glass spheres can mimic a wing
There are over two billion microscopic blue glass spheres embedded in resin on the jacket’s surface, and over 40,000 in every single square centimetre, making them invisible to the naked eye. When light hits the jacket, it travels through the curved surface of these glass spheres and strikes the back of them, before being reflected straight back at the original light source so that the fabric looks like it’s emitting light.
In sunlight it looks like liquid metal
The jacket acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions you’re out in. So while it’s a matt ocean blue in subdued light conditions, when you expose it to any bright light source or sunshine it transforms instantly into a shimmering metallic blue. If you’re out on the slopes in the sun, the surface and colour of the jacket will appear to shift and warp like you’re tripping. And if you shoot with the flash on in broad daylight, the surface of the jacket will look like liquid blue metal in your shot.
At night you look bionic
At night, with any kind of camera flash, torch or searchlight, you get the full bionic look as your face and body disappear and only the jacket remains. This photo uses no special effects other than a camera flash and water, and can be recreated by sticking your phone on flash mode. The black dots and streaks are water droplets which temporarily prevent the glass beads reflecting light back at the camera.
Built with resin, glass and lasers
Every element of our Blue Morpho Jacket is engineered with precision. As nothing sticks to the glass fabric we etched the logo out with lasers by removing a microscopically thin layer from its surface. All zippers are heavy duty, rubberised and waterproof. Two front pockets big enough for any maps and gloves are designed to be used while wearing a backpack. The shoulders and sleeves have been cut and shaped for extreme movement, and it’s designed to fit your puffer or hoodie underneath.
The visibly stunning piece of outerwear acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions you're in, with a liquid metal appearance under the sun that shifts to a bionic blue at night with any camera flash, torch, or searchlight.
Vollebak is to the technical clothing world what Skunk Works is to the aeronautics industry. The small London-based team is constantly releasing cutting-edge products that seem as much science experiments as they do functional pieces of gear. Their newest release, the Blue Morpho Jacket, continues that trend.