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!