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We shot the Condition Black Ceramic T Shirt on survival expert and former special forces sergeant Jason Fox, who is 6ft 1 / 185 cm and wears extra large, and explorer and former elite reconnaissance sniper Aldo Kane, who is 5ft 9 / 175 cm and wears size medium.

If you’ve already got our Planet Earth T Shirt then you’ll find this has a similar fit.

For more advice on sizing, check our size guide or ask us for help with 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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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 aramid fibre – 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.

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Hardcore ceramic protection

Each Condition Black Ceramic T shirt is embedded with over 100,000 ceramic particles bound together in a honeycomb formation. While every one of the particles is smooth, flat and soft to the touch, the only material on earth that’s tougher than ceramics is diamonds, making the t shirt highly abrasion resistant. The particles can’t be scratched off or washed out.

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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.

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High stretch fabric with 20% elastane

The last thing you want when you’re pulling any extreme or repetitive move is resistance from your kit. This t shirt has incredible 4 way stretch, so whichever way you stretch, pull or turn, it will simply go with you. 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.

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Designed for the unknown

Adventure sport is never predictable. So we've created a clothing system that protects you from every angle, rather than second-guessing where you might need it. The entire surface area of the t shirt is abrasion resistant. Every dot in every hexagon you can see on the t shirt is a ceramic particle. So it doesn’t matter where a rock, a tree, or the passage of time tries to strike, you should be covered.

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Breathable and lightweight

Our Condition Black Ceramic T Shirt is breathable and also hydrophilic, which means it will soak up any sweat and get rid of it fast, so you stay comfortable and dry. While the outside is super-resilient, the underside has a soft, silky feel, making it an easy short-sleeved baselayer to wear all day. And with the top weighing only 180 grams, you're not paying for the abrasion resistance by having to carry extra weight.

Inside the Schoeller factory in Switzerland

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

When you’re off grid or mid adventure, it’s critical you have kit that you know you can rely on and that’ll help look after you. So we’ve designed the Condition Black Ceramic range with Vollebak athletes Jason Fox and Aldo Kane, two former elite military operatives turned adventurers. Together we wanted to build the toughest clothing system on earth, regardless of whether it’s next to your skin or your final layer.

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    About as close to a suit of chain mail and/or Batman’s armor as you can get in the gym – without all the extra weight. We’ve tried out a lot of workout shirts over the years, but we’ve never tried anything quite like this training t-shirt from Vollebak. Sure, it’s soft, stretchy, and sweat-wicking – the stuff of luxe athleticwear dreams – but the Condition Black T-shirt really stands out because of its ceramic polymer coating, which works like armor against chest-to-floor burpees or heavy back squats.

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    Abuse your baselayer without worrying about damaging it.

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    This is the most amazing t-shirt I have ever worn. Specifically it’s probably the most advanced technical shirt available and certainly the toughest – without sacrificing comfort and breathability. As the name states, it’s got actual ceramic particles embedded throughout the shirt for abrasion protection – also, it cools the body like AC.

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    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.

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