THE ANATOMY OF A PARAJUMPERS JACKET

The Anatomy of a Parajumpers Men’s Jacket: What Elements Make It A Masterpiece?
Today, young men and teenagers are very conscious about what they wear. They are judged by their attire, be it by strangers, acquaintances or peer group. That is why fashion conscious people are looking for outerwear that they can identify with and still express their desire and love for individuality and fashion without feeling outrageous. Perhaps this explains the fascination with Parajumpers men jackets.

The jacket is inspired by the 210th Rescue Squadron that is based in Anchorage, Alaska.
The jacket is inspired by the 210th Rescue Squadron that is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

These jackets have carved a niche for themselves with their elegance, distinctive style and innovative appearance. While a Parajumper jacket is considered a masterpiece, before you actually shell out money, it may be worthwhile to understand what makes this jacket a work of art that is a pleasure to wear.
Inspiration for the Parajumpers Jacket
The jacket is inspired by the 210th Rescue Squadron that is based in Anchorage, Alaska. This squadron is renowned for its daring rescues in some of the most remote and wildest locations in the world. Whether a submarine has sunk deep with no hope or a rock climber is stranded on one of the world’s tallest peaks, the squadron is called upon to save lives. The members of this squadron are called parajumpers and it is believed they are better trained that even the military corps.

This innovative jacket is the brainchild of Massimo Rossetti, the famous designer
This innovative jacket is the brainchild of Massimo Rossetti, the famous designer

These daring and dashing parajumpers are not just tough and extremely brave, they have unique skills and abilities that help save thousands of lives each year. And, the Parajumpers jackets have been named after their iconic missions and that is why it is common to find jacket designs called Gobi, Kodiak and Denali. As a result, the Parajumper jacket has become synonymous with toughness, elegance, a dash of heroism and ability to withstand the toughest weather elements.
This innovative jacket is the brainchild of Massimo Rossetti, the famous designer, who has ensured each design singularly captures the essence of the 210th Rescue Squadron and its members.
Functional and Unique all the Way
How many times have you wished your jacket had large pockets to hold everything you need? Well, with Parajumpers jackets, you will never yearn for these things again. They are designed to be highly functional and allow you to create your own style statement in every situation. The large pockets of the jacket are extremely useful for carrying just about anything you can think of, right from your wallet and iPod to a pouch filled with coins and your handheld smart device. The pockets are discreet, so you never have to worry about them bulging and looking awkward. You can create your own individuality by unzipping the fur hood into two and letting the halves rest on your back.
Making Your Style Statement
There are different series of the Parajumpers jacket and each one comes with its own individual style and beauty. Listed below are the most common series of parajumpers jackets.
The Masterpiece: This is made from 100% polyester, lending it a light and soft look and feel. This jacket is unlined, but extremely durable. It is a great addition to any wardrobe, thanks to its minimalist design and slim fit. It comes with hordes of features that are extremely functional and practical, such as pockets and zips. This is the jacket you should wear if you are looking to boost your sporty appearance.

this is the Parajumpers jacket you want if you are looking for an extra-light jacket for long trips.
this is the Parajumpers jacket you want if you are looking for an extra-light jacket for long trips.

The Windbreaker: Made from 100% polyester that is iridescent, this Parajumper is ideal for spring and summer. It oozes of sophistication and elegance and the field jacket and bomber jacket are just what you could be looking for. The swatch card is available in bold and vibrant colors as well as sober and elegant ones.
The Californian: Made from soft and luminescent fabric this jacket has a jersey lining that matches the shell fabric. Its appearance is further enhanced with its diamond quilting, making it a quintessential sportswear. The jacket comes with carry-all pockets and double zippers.
The Super Light: This series is perfect for those days that are neither too warm nor too cold. Not only is it stylish, it also is an eye-catcher with its bright and pastel hues. It uses 20 denier down proof nylon that makes the jacket pretty light. The added bonus is the slim fit that is comfortable to wear without feeling restrictive.
The Featherweight: Made from a combination of luminous nylon and nylon canvas, this is the Parajumpers jacket you want if you are looking for an extra-light jacket for long trips. It will keep you snug and cozy, thanks to the light padding and will not get wrinkled. It is available with or without a hood.
These jackets can repel water, are extremely light to wear and are very stylish. The fur-lined jackets for winters are equally light. You never have to worry about hiding your taste or style behind dowdy and heavy winter clothing when you have a Parajumpers jacket on hand.The different features and elements of the Parajumpers jacket come seamlessly together to truly create a genuine masterpiece

BRAND OF THE MONTH: PARAJUMPERS

We love a brand with a story and this one is truly fascinating. It began with a chance meeting between Parajumpers’ creator, Massimo Rossetti, and a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron in an Alaskan bar. Aside from sounding like the opening scene of a great movie, this is also where Rossetti found his inspiration for the Parajumpers clothing line.

The brave souls serving in the 210th Rescue Squadron are trained and highly experienced in the most dangerous, extreme rescues and recoveries in the world’s wildest environments. Known as the Parajumpers, or the PJs for short, they scale cliffs, traverse rough oceans and battle extreme weather to reach and rescue people in danger, saving hundreds of lives every year. It follows then, that they need clothing that can both protect them from the elements and withstand the rigorous tests these wild environments pose.

them from the elements and withstand the rigorous tests these wild environments pose.
them from the elements and withstand the rigorous tests these wild environments pose.

Enter Parajumpers, Massimo Rossetti’s inspired clothing line. Though they are primarily created for us everyday folk, every item of outerwear made by Parajumpers is crafted with the 210th Rescue Squadron’s activities in mind. Famous for its highly fashionable and functional parkas, Parajumpers clothing is crafted with precision and many technical components, making them extremely hardwearing and perfect for withstanding extreme low temperatures and bad weather.

Here are just a handful of our absolute favourite Parajumpers parkas and coats that have recently landed in our winter collection:

If you’re not into the traditional long design of the parka, this jacket is the perfect solution. The Juliet quilted jacket is one of Parajumpers’ most popular designs, and we can see why. We love the fitted style and lightweight feel, which makes this jacket perfect for autumn, spring and even the milder winter days. The hood and elasticated cuffs provide extra protection from the cold, wind and rain, and the padded, quilted design is bang on trend this season, so this is a top choice if you’re in the market for a new coat. It’s waiting for you right here.

Be bold this winter with this incredible deep red Kodiak parka, the bestselling Parajumpers parka design.
Be bold this winter with this incredible deep red Kodiak parka, the bestselling Parajumpers parka design.

Be bold this winter with this incredible deep red Kodiak parka, the bestselling Parajumpers parka design. If it’s cosy warmth you’re after then this is the coat for you, as the Kodiak comes with a super cosy detachable real fur lining and hood. And when you add the water and wind resistant nylon Oxford coating into the mix, you end up with the ultimate winter coat, perfect for exploring the wilderness in all weathers. And who wouldn’t love that stunning colour? Get yours here.

perfect for exploring the wilderness in all weathers. And who wouldn’t love that stunning colour? Get yours here.
perfect for exploring the wilderness in all weathers. And who wouldn’t love that stunning colour? Get yours here.

If you love Parajumpers parkas but you’re looking for something a little more understated, this sleek grey Angie coat has your name all over it. It’s slim fitting so it will certainly tick the figure-flattering style box, while that gorgeous detachable fur-lined hood adds lots of glamour as well as practical protection from the cold. Like the Kodiak, the Angie coat is also waterproof, and is lined with insulating down for wonderful warmth in even the coldest temperatures. The muted deep grey shade makes this coat easy to wear with practically any outfit, and the classic parka design will keep you looking bang on trend all season long. It can be yours right here.

The muted deep grey shade makes this coat easy to wear with practically any outfit, and the classic parka design will keep you looking bang on trend all season long. It can be yours right here.
The muted deep grey shade makes this coat easy to wear with practically any outfit, and the classic parka design will keep you looking bang on trend all season long. It can be yours right here.

We feel sure that you now share our crush on this amazing brand, not only for its fascinating back story but for its ‘I need that now’ designs. You can view our full range of women’s parajumpers coats and parkas here.

Parajumpers has officially arrived online!

C’est suite à sa rencontre avec un membre de la Garde nationale aérienne de l’Alaska dans un bar malfamé d’Anchorage, que Massimo Rossetti trouve l’inspiration pour créer sa marque de vêtements hivernaux et printaniers ultrarésistants. Ayant à se rendre dans les endroits les plus hostiles, reculés et sauvages de la planète afin de sauver des vies, les parajumpers doivent être équipés pour braver toutes les températures. Parajumpers se spécialise dans la création de parkas, de manteaux d’hiver et de chandails chauds, capables de résister aux froids les plus abrasifs. Trouvez chez Sportium des manteaux qui pourront affronter les climats avec vous (même si vous n’êtes pas un parajumpers)!

Each jacket/coat is designed to be functional above anything else.
Each jacket/coat is designed to be functional above anything else. 

As the influx of new brands arriving at Mainline Menswear for AW17 continues, we have another introduction to make – Parajumpers has officially arrived online!Parajumpers are the designers of extremely innovative outerwear, with highly technological components. Each jacket/coat is designed to be functional above anything else.

Made of hard-wearing nylon, Parajumpers jackets come with a removeable down-padded lining and a fur-trimmed hood. The collar fastens with a hook used in parachuting (hence the name).

On the front of each jacket lies a large, zippable multi-cargo pocket containing a further 3 pockets, designed for carrying accessories such as ipods, mobile phones, GPS devices etc.

designed for carrying accessories such as ipods, mobile phones, GPS devices etc.
designed for carrying accessories such as ipods, mobile phones, GPS devices etc.

THE HISTORY OF PARAJUMPERS
The Parajumper jacket was created by Massimo Rossetti, an Italian-born designer. He met a serviceman from an elite US Military rescuer corps that was known for extremely dangerous rescues.

The 210th Rescue Squadron, also known as Parajumpers, became his inspiration when creating this jacket in 2005.The original PJs collection consisted of identical jackets made of one fabric in four colours for men and women. These first styles were the Gobi, Kodiak and Denali. The Gobi features a two-way zip that opens at the top and bottom.

The Gobi features a two-way zip that opens at the top and bottom.
The Gobi features a two-way zip that opens at the top and bottom.

The bright yellow tab serves as a nod to Parajumpers, as yellow is a signal to find a person in a difficult situation.

Mainline Menswear now stock a range of styles, from the Alvin Jacket to the Sully Gilet. Take a look at the range and get yourself ready for this autumn/winter.

Three Reasons Why you should choose Parajumpers as your next High Quality Winter Parka

For the last 10 years or so we have had 3 key brands fighting for marketplace dominance in the higher echelon winter parka category. Most will already know these brands – Canada Goose, Moncler and Parajumpers. I’ve known them all for a good 10 years at least possibly 20 or more for Goose and Moncler.

I think around 7 years ago now I ventured out to buy a quality parka – Moncler had a shop on Sloane street still, and Canada Goose was stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nicks, Parajumpers I could only find on the Internet really, although there were a couple of sometime stockists in the North of England, but with very little choice, and never the right size available.

 there were a couple of sometime stockists in the North of England, but with very little choice, and never the right size available.
there were a couple of sometime stockists in the North of England, but with very little choice, and never the right size available.

I started on Sloane street and tried a number of coast in the Moncler store. Whatever I tried either pinched under the armpits – sleeves seemed very narrow cut too with little room for manoeuvre and alsoe had weird radial movement for the shoulders – a similar problem I have encountered with some designs of Belstaff jackets – in that it is somewhat and somehow difficult to lift your arms above your head – those jackets seem to be cut in such a way as to restrict movement. In any case I did my usual 5 Fs checks at Moncler (Fabric, Fit, Finish, Form, Function) and for whatever reason I wasn’t quite feeling it. I could not put my finger on it entirely, but a big part of it was the restrictive movement – and the fabric seemed prone to creasing too if I remember correct.

So I next shot down the secret short-cut route to Harrods (Basil Street) and had a look in their menswear section for Canada Goose. There was a reasonable selection available and fit and finish seemed really good – they’re cut a lot looser than Moncler. The fabric also seemed more hard-wearing, and overall the garment looked like it would last longer and feel more comfortable than the Moncler, so nothing wrong with the quality here or any of the 5 Fs exactly. Yet there was something here that I felt that was missing – if you remove the badge from a Canada Goose coat, they’re mostly really standard and quite plain looking – there is no clever detailing or particularly smart technical features – it’s all a little plain vanilla. Canada Goose seems to be the most popular at the moment – particularly with the hip-hop and grime fraternities, but I don’t really see sufficient design differentiation – it seems to be all about the badge somehow?

The fabric also seemed more hard-wearing, and overall the garment looked like it would last longer and feel more comfortable than the Moncler
The fabric also seemed more hard-wearing, and overall the garment looked like it would last longer and feel more comfortable than the Moncler

What sets Parajumpers above these two brands is the technical quality of its garments and amazing attention to detail. The flagship coats benefit from really cool quick-release Snap-Hook neck fastenings borrowed from climbing harnesses – there are 2 versions – and both work really well. Then there’s all those hidden pockets, zipped-vents, and double-taping on snap fixtures to make it easier to open and close those poppers. The construction of the garments tends to be superior, with tailored pockets rather than the more typical patch pockets. Parajumpers definitely have a look of their own even without the badges. While I feel that Canada Goose and Moncler are slightly more generic.

For me Parajumpers easily wins out across the board but in particular:
Technical Details – Snap Hook, Hidden Pockets, Vents, Double-Taped Snaps
Eco Alternatives – All the Main Parajumper coats come with eco alternative which use no animal products – i.e. no leather or fur, but hard-wearing and high quality alternatives

Both those coats presently look and function as good as new despite years of constant wear.
Both those coats presently look and function as good as new despite years of constant wear.

Price! – Parajumpers typically the lowest cost of these three
In fact I actually don’t particularly like the button closure of the Kodiak – I prefer and have The Masterpiece Right Hand and Harraseeket which would be my top recommendations and they are even lower cost – each has its functional advantages. Both those coats presently look and function as good as new despite years of constant wear.

If you are about to buy a Canada Goose or Moncler coat, I would ask that you consider Parajumpers too. If you’re anything like me, you will surely be delighted with the right choice!

parajumpers designer Massimo Rossetti has successfully built one of the world’s leading outerwear brands.

The first collection from Parajumpers had only 3 garments each for men and women, and the brand continues to succeed with a handful of immaculately designed pieces.

This new and different design is one of many that sets Parajumpers apart.
This new and different design is one of many that sets Parajumpers apart.

In a taped interview, Rossetti provides a glimpse into his creative mind. This intriguing designer finds inspiration in the seemingly most unlikely of places. The huge pocket found on many PJs styles was inspired by a research trip to Alaska; Rossetti saw a fireman’s jacket that had a pocket large enough to fit a helmet. This new and different design is one of many that sets Parajumpers apart.

The ultimate form of inspiration for Rossetti came from a chance meeting with a Parajumper. Parajumpers are a small group of people who train twice as hard as Navy Seals, however they are trained to save and not to kill. These heroes intervene all over the world and have been on thousands of operations that are unknown to most people. When Rossetti was asked to bring forward new ideas, it is clear that he needed to look no further than the image of a Parajumper. Rossetti’s designs are largely influenced by a backpack with nylon, zips and hooks, and now all PJs styles are full of such hardware. The signature hook on all jackets comes from a quick release parachutist hook, which has contributed to the creation of the Parajumpers image.

The signature hook on all jackets comes from a quick release parachutist hook, which has contributed to the creation of the Parajumpers image.
The signature hook on all jackets comes from a quick release parachutist hook, which has contributed to the creation of the Parajumpers image.

The original PJs collection consisted of identical jackets made of one fabric in four colours for men and women. These first styles were the Gobi, Kodiak and Denali. The Gobi features a two way zip that opens at the top and bottom. The bright yellow tab serves as a nod to Parajumpers, as yellow is a signal to find a person in a difficult situation. The jacket also includes an iPod pocket, cell phone pocket, and cargo pocket for whatever the wearer wishes to store. The men’s and women’s styles are nearly identical, with the exception of a removable interior in the men’s jacket.

The men’s and women’s styles are nearly identical, with the exception of a removable interior in the men’s jacket.
The men’s and women’s styles are nearly identical, with the exception of a removable interior in the men’s jacket.

In Rossetti’s own words; “we are a guiding light.” Parajumpers has proven itself to be an innovative and functional brand, and we can’t wait to see what new designs Rossetti has up his sleeve. We highly suggest watching the video clip below in which Rossetti details this brand history in his own words, and keep scrolling to browse the PJs styles that Sporting Life has to offer.

Parajumpers Men’s Right Hand Man Faux Fur Jacket – Black

Men’s down-filled coat from outerwear designers, Parajumpers; designed to offer superior warmth in cold climates. Crafted from nylon that has been internally laminated and treated for enhanced protection against dirt and rain, the ‘Kodiak’ parka features an adjustable hood with faux fur lining and trim, and a two-way, central YKK zip fastening with button-secured storm flap.

the 'Kodiak' parka features an adjustable hood with faux fur lining and trim, and a two-way, central YKK zip fastening with button-secured storm flap.
the ‘Kodiak’ parka features an adjustable hood with faux fur lining and trim, and a two-way, central YKK zip fastening with button-secured storm flap.

The coat features a removable down-filled lining with a 700 fill power rating for ultimate comfort and insulation in harsh climates. A spacious cargo pocket to the front conceals an additional mesh pocket, and an exclusive PJS snap-hook to the neck replicates a genuine parachute hook. An elastic waist and side slits ensure the perfect fit. Finished with an internal pocket, reinforced elbow patches and ribbed cuffs. Taped seams on hood, shoulders and armholes. Logo patch to the left sleeve.

The Right Hand Jacket has classic military functions as well as styling, with a water-resistant shell and numerous pockets that won’t leave you out of luck in the rain, even on days as cold as when Washington crossed the Potomac.

numerous pockets that won't leave you out of luck in the rain, even on days as cold as when Washington crossed the Potomac.
numerous pockets that won’t leave you out of luck in the rain, even on days as cold as when Washington crossed the Potomac.

The exceptional Right Hand jacket by Parajumpers has been crafted in a staple black hue. Tackle the harsher weather with style and ease in this expertly crafted coat. Made with strong attention to detail, this Right Hand jacket features all the signature Parajumpers features. Premium duck down filling, several pockets and a parachute style cord puller are just a few of the features that make the Right Hand jacket a worthwhile investment.

Take a little walk through the edge of town in the middle of winter, and the Parajumper Men’s Right Hand Jacket should keep you warm. It will wrap you in its arms with a down insulated liner that you can remove to rely on the external shell keeping you comfortably dry in wet weather with its waterproof, breathable membrane.

the external shell keeping you comfortably dry in wet weather with its waterproof, breathable membrane.
the external shell keeping you comfortably dry in wet weather with its waterproof, breathable membrane.

Alternatively, you can wear the Right Hand’s removable liner by itself when it’s cold out. The coyote fur ruff is also removable, just in case it’s too snowy to show off that après-style. There are a plethora of pockets, including a capacious cargo pockets with three internal pockets for plenty of organization. Heavy-duty cuffs seal out the cold to keep you cozy throughout winter.