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.

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.