We hope to God temperatures don’t reach 300-below this winter. That would suck. It would probably mean the end times. A nuclear holocaust. Apocalypse, etc.
But in the insane event that they do, you’ll...weirdly be covered?
Consider the Kistler Aerogel Jacket. Its designers claim it's the warmest and thinnest jacket on earth, in large part (okay, in practically all part) due to the fact that it incorporates a proprietary aerogel—aerogel being the lightest solid in the world, and the material NASA trusts to insulate its spacesuits. It’s already way fully-funded on Kickstarter, but you still have a few weeks to place a pre-order, in order to receive this sleek-looking, very un-puffy jacket by March.
If you’re in the weeds re: winter apparel tech—which, why wouldn’t you be?—you’re probably aware that aerogel is already used in some capacity in plenty of winter jackets currently on the market. And those jackets are nice. And warm. But they won’t prepare you as well for the wintry hellscape that is, say, Chicago in March, as the Kistler will.
That’s because these guys have developed their own, ultra-thin 3D-mesh single-layer composite of aerogel to insert between their silvery, NASA-inspired inner lining and waterproof outer layer. In plain English, that means it’s even lighter, more flexible and more breathable than those other aerogels. The Series 7—their most advanced jacket—weighs less than 3.5 pounds, making it 50 percent lighter than the leading aerogel jacket. It also incorporates smartly-located ventilation points—and an internal thermometer—so you’re never in danger of overheating. Which isn’t the worst problem to have, anyway, come sleet and snow.
Oh, and assuming you're completely in on this stuff, you can also pre-order some aerogel-insulated, smartphone-ready gloves and beanies, too.
At which point you'll be totally equipped for that apocalypse we mentioned.