How does it fit?
The Space Jacket features an athletic fit, including built-in sleeve articulation. It's comfortable — but not baggy.
How do I care for it?
Remove all patches, hand-wash cold, and line dry. Do not iron or dry clean.
- Fabric: a non-woven DuPont Tyvek shell that's light, breathable, and resilient.
- Nylon taffeta lining inspired by MLI (multi-layer insulation) "foil" used on spacecraft.
- Primaloft Sport premium synthetic down insulation is compressible, light, and water-resistant.
- Fully bound inside seams.
- Elasticized cuffs and hood to reduce weight and hardware.
- Includes three patches that attach via Velcro.
About That Patch
The patch is an adapted design from a STS-53, a DoD mission to insert a classified primary payload into orbit, hence the pentagonal shape of the patch which resembles the Pentagon, and the three tails behind Discovery, a nod to the three departments of the US military. The names are not of the original crew, but of the first people to crowdfund the Space Jacket.
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Men's Space-Inspired Primaloft Down Jacket
Designer Steven B. Wheeler explains his NASA-inspired prototype:
I've been a space geek for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my parents would wake me and my brother before dawn, and we'd go out to a field to lay on our backs and watch the Perseids meteor shower. The local planetarium was my happy place. There were space shuttles, stars, galaxies, and ringed planets printed on the sheets of my little twin bed. I saved up my allowance and lawn-mowing money to buy model rocketry kits from the local hobby shop. My favorite book, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, was given to me by my 5th grade science teacher, who, on the weekends, was also a pilot.
To this day, there is still nothing more heroic to me than the image of a NASA astronaut, someone with the courage, intelligence, and stamina to ride a pillar of explosives into space. When the Space Shuttle Endeavor, strapped to the top of a 747, passed overhead on its farewell tour over the Bay Area a year ago, I turned back into a 10-year-old, jumping up and down and cheering as loudly as I could.
I designed this jacket as a tribute to the continuing legacy of American spaceflight. I wanted it to embody everything I loved about the space program, and to eventually serve as an actual flight jacket for present-day astronauts on missions to the ISS (International Space Station). There are other “replica” flight jackets made for space enthusiasts, but I decided to come up with something boldly different, yet also completely wearable and well-suited for space.
I drew my design inspiration from the exterior of the Space Shuttle, with the quilted lines of stitching echoing the paneled surface of the spacecraft.
The white, non-woven Tyvek shell also calls to mind the EVA (extra-vehicular activity) suits worn by astronauts during spacewalks. The inside lining is a nylon taffeta, chosen because it visually references the “foil” MLI (multi-layer insulation) used on the exterior of satellites. (Why'd we chose Tyvek? Read about it here.)
The insulation in the jacket is Primaloft Sport, an ultra-efficient synthetic insulation that is light, compressible, and soft. To help keep weight down, I used elastic binding around the cuffs and hood opening instead of drawcords or Velcro.
The Space Jacket also include three NASA-inspired patches that can be affixed and swapped out via Velcro.
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Steven B. Wheeler
Steven B. Wheeler got his start in fashion at an early age, spending countless hours hunched over his mother's Kenmore sewing machine when he quite honestly should have been doing his homework.
Upon graduation from high school, Steven became an apprentice tailor, where he spent three years learning custom garment creation, pattern drafting, and alterations. He was introduced to old-world techniques, and fell in love with all the unseen engineering that goes into a well-tailored garment.
Steven moved to San Francisco in 2003, simultaneously building an alterations and custom apparel business while earning his BFA in Menswear Design. Since then, Steven has designed apparel for companies both large and small before embarking on his most recent comedic misadventure as a designer at Betabrand.
He continues to maintain an optimistic outlook on life despite this last fact.