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This $300 Hoodie Is Designed to Outlive You

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Three hundred dollars may sound like a lot for a garment as basic as a hoodie, but if the manufacturer’s claims prove accurate, this may be the last one you ever need to buy. The 100 Year Hoodie is made from industrial-strength materials specifically chosen for their potential to last longer than the person wearing them.

As Co. Design reports, the clothing item is the latest creation from the designer sportswear company Vollebak. At first glance, it resembles the same simple cotton hoodies many people have hanging in their closets. It feels like one, too: The 100 Year Hoodie is a great option for lounging around the house. But if the day brings you outside, the sweatshirt can handle almost any condition. What feels like plush cotton is actually a softer version of Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests and space suits. The stitches, zipper, and drawstring are all ultra-high-quality, too, to resist wear and tear.

"Some of our favorite pieces of sports gear are the ones we’ve spent half our life with," Vollebak’s product description reads. "So every piece in the 100Y range is designed to last far beyond the normal life expectancy of clothing. This is kit built to last 100 years and be passed down to the next generation."

Man wearing yellow hoodie standing against yellow background.
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While the fabric is engineered to maintain its form, the colors are meant to age. The 100 Year Hoodie: Raw Edition is what the material looks like in its undyed state. After just a few days in the sun, the pale yellow color matures to a deep ochre. The Granite Edition also changes color, fading from charcoal to a weathered gray the more it’s worn.

Vollebak specializes in reimagined hoodies. In 2015 it released the Baker Miller Pink hoodie, a pricey sweatshirt-straitjacket hybrid allegedly built for relaxation. At $295, the 100 Year Hoodie is also more expensive than your average piece of athletic wear. But if you plan on staying active until old age and want a hoodie that can keep up, it may be well worth the cost.

[h/t Co.Design]

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
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The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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These Are the 157 New Emojis Coming to Your Phone
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Emojipedia

If words alone aren’t enough to express yourself while texting, there are now new emojis at your disposable. As Slate reports, the roster of flags, smiley faces, and random sports equipment just grew by 157 pictographs. After receiving the stamp of approval from the Unicode consortium, these emojis will soon be making an appearance on your keyboard.

The release of the redhead emoji has been long-anticipated, but this newest batch includes curly hairstyles as well for the many people without straight locks. Texters also now have the choice of gray hair or no hair at all when designing their emoji avatars.

Other human-related additions include superhero and super villain emojis in various skin tones and hairdos. There are 10 new animal emojis, including a badger, a peacock, a lobster, and a kangaroo, as well as six new food emojis, like a cupcake, a mango, and a lettuce leaf.

People who prefer classic smiley-face emojis will be happy to see the six new options in that category: cold face, hot face, partying face, pleading face, woozy face, and smiling face with four hearts. Along with these come plenty of new entries, like the dismembered leg, petri dish, abacus, safety pin, and lacrosse stick.

After announcing the initial designs on February 7, the emoji-standardizing team at Unicode will vote on the final versions in June before they’re made available to phone companies.

[h/t Slate]

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