As the warmest, thickest and sturdiest of our three ceramic layers, the Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer can be worn as your first layer of your protection or your last. This is kit you can take anywhere on earth and rely on to do the job, whatever altitude you’re at, and whatever speed you’re moving. We created this midlayer with Vollebak athletes and former elite military operatives Aldo Kane and Jason Fox – shown in the shots here – as part of our mission to create the toughest sports clothing system on earth.

  • Highly abrasion resistant ceramic coating
  • High stretch fabric - 15% elastane / 85% polyamide
  • Active stitching technology
  • Lock-down waterproof zip with soft zip guard
  • Breathable
  • High wicking
  • UV protected
  • Made with Schoeller technology
  • Cool wash max temp 40°
  • Do not tumble dry

We shot the Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer on survival expert and former special forces sergeant Jason Fox, who is 6ft 1 / 185 cm and wearing an extra large.

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.

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Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer

Hardcore ceramic protection

Our Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer uses innovative ceramic coating technology developed by Swiss textile pioneers Schoeller. Tessellating matt black ceramic particles that are bound into the material cover the entire surface of this midlayer. These particles make the top highly abrasion resistant but still breathable, stretchy and comfortable. The coating is soft to the touch and doesn't wash off.

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Why abrasion resistance matters

Abrasion resistance is how you measure clothes’ ability to withstand friction and wear and tear. Whether you're lugging climbing rope over your shoulder, you come off your bike on a downhill track, or your bag's shifting up and down on your back on a long run, that’s all abrasion. Wearing highly abrasion resistant clothing gives you the best chance of coming home from an adventure with your clothes and your skin intact.

Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer

Designed to keep you warm and dry

The Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer is the warmest and thickest of our three ceramic layers, with a soft brushed fleece underside. The material is heat retaining so that you don’t start rapidly cooling the minute you stop moving. It’s also breathable and hydrophilic, which means it will soak up any sweat and get rid of it fast, so you stay comfortable and dry.

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4 way stretch in every square centimetre

The last thing you want when you’re pulling any extreme or repetitive move is resistance from your kit. This midlayer is made from 15% elastane, which gives it a huge amount of stretch for a top that’s so sturdy. And with the entire top constructed out of the same fabric, you’ll find the same stretch everywhere from the cuffs and collar to the chest and the back. Nothing will restrict your movement.

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Stretch panels and elastic stitching

Two seamless side panels give you complete freedom of movement, with no seams to prevent the fabric stretching as you move your arms and upper body. We’ve also used a special type of stitching called ‘active stitch’. It's not only tougher than standard stitching, but also has the ability to stretch with the fabric when it’s being pulled around by you or nature. Whichever way you stretch, pull or turn, it will simply go with you.

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Lock-down waterproof zip

The midlayer has a matt black lock-down zip, which means you can secure it in place at any point. Once locked in place, the zip pull won’t bounce and the zip won't come undone, however much you move around. It stays exactly where you left it. The zip has a rubberised, waterproof surround, and a soft zip guard at the neck.

Condition Black Ceramic layering system

The Condition Black Ceramic layering system

This midlayer is part of a wearable system which also includes a ceramic impregnated t shirt and baselayer. They can be worn separately, two at a time, or all three together. With a warm, brushed fleece underside the mid layer is soft and comfortable worn next to your skin. But we’ve also given it a slightly looser fit than the ceramic t shirt and base layer so it can easily be worn over one or both of them.

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The origins of Condition Black

The military elite have a term for your physical and mental state during life and death situations – moments in which your subconscious has to choose between fight or flight. They call it ‘condition black.’ The colour code for ‘you’re about to die’. Each piece in our Condition Black range is designed to help you survive extreme experiences using insights from the field and advanced material technology.

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