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Open Accordion
Size + fit
Open Accordion

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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Chest83-9091-9899-106107-114115-122123-130
Waist71-7676-8181-8686-9191-9696-101
Arm length54-5757-6060-6363-6666-6969-72
Back length56-5959-6262-6565-6868-7171-74
XSSMLXLXXL
Chest33-3636-3939-4242-4545-4848-51
Waist28-3030-3232-3434-3636-3838-40
Arm length21.5-2323-2424-2525-26.526.5-27.527.5-29
Back length22-23.523.5-24.524.5-2626-2727-2828-29.5
Ceramic nose cone

Built with the same ceramic tech as the International Space Station 

To get a sense of just how tough ceramic materials can be, you need to look to the International Space Station 400km above the Earth. It has multiple layers of protection shielding it from micrometeoroids and orbital debris that can strike at speeds of up to 40,000mph. The first is made from Kevlar – the same as our 100 Year Hoodies. The next is woven from ceramic fibre – the second toughest material on or off the planet. And if it’s good enough for hypervelocity collisions in space, it’s good enough for any mission back on Earth.

The Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer uses innovative ceramic coating technology made by Schoeller. See more at vollebak.com

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.

The Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer is the warmest and thickest of our three ceramic layers. See more at vollebak.com

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.

Condition Black Ceramic Midlayer - 4 way stretch in every square cm. See more at vollebak.com

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.

The rubberised, waterproof zip surround on the Condition Black Ceramic Baselayer. See more at vollebak.com

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.

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Built in the SpaceX of clothes factories

Every Ceramic t shirt, baselayer and midlayer we make starts its life at the same space age factory in Switzerland. Based in the mountains, Schoeller is to material technology what SpaceX is to rockets – a bunch of people and machines quietly making the future happen faster. While ceramic technology has been used on missile nose cones and the blades of jet engines for decades, Schoeller helped us become the first to apply ceramics to a wearable system of clothing.

Condition Black Ceramic layering set

Part of the toughest clothing system on Earth

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 midlayer 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 baselayer so it can easily be worn over one or both of them.

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