smart jacket for extreme conditions

We wanted to showcase Kolon’s abilities to embed relevant and effective cutting edge technologies into their next generation of outdoor jackets.

Seymourpowell was approached to create the next generation Life Tech Jacket System, a product designed to save life in an emergency situation during extreme outdoor activities. 

We recognised that to really understand the core issues it was vital to speak directly to experts in extreme survival. We worked closely with mountaineers and ski guides, a Professor of human thermodynamics,
an ex-UK Special Forces operative, the Fire Service and even a Polar Explorer.

It was key to the project that we understood the issues facing their current apparel and equipment. This research gave invaluable insights that were directly used to create genuinely innovative and lifesaving features.


Kolon Sport boasts a long tradition of helping explorers pioneer the untouched corners of nature and push their boundaries outdoors through the creation of high-performance outerwear and outdoor gear.

Our design team translated these insights into a highly desirable and compelling jacket system that sets the standard for the future of wearable technology in the extreme outdoors and winter sports categories. 

We developed a number of concept directions into physical prototype jackets. The extensive phases of testing verified both garment and hardware design principles.

The various technological details of the final design include:

A tri-layered system made up of a waterproof and windproof, breathable Gore PRO outer shell jacket; a thermal inner layer with a Heatex System (the world’s first conductive polymer heating system); and a stretch fabric base layer with electronic device and battery stowage with proximity to core body heat.

Other key technical design features include a wearable wind turbine generator to power smart phones and other devices; oversized zip
pulls for use with gloves; easy access shoulder and back straps for manhandling a companion in distress; and a wearable first aid and survival kit.

The Life Tech jacket is pioneering in its relevant and effective use of wearables. The system uses the latest technology to meet the most essential of human needs such as shelter, warmth and communication, in ways that conventional garments simply can’t achieve.

In a sign that the wearable technology revolution is being driven by the fashion industry, the Kolon Sport Life Tech jacket demonstrates the effectiveness of wearable technology in clothing when there is a genuine need for it.