Vollebak's 100 Year Pants Promise to Outlast Every Clothing Item You Own

Vollebak
Vollebak

Vollebak, the same clothing company behind the world's first graphene jacket, has developed a pair of trousers built to outlast every item in your closet. The 100 Year Pants promise to be tough enough to endure in the harshest conditions, and soft enough to wear while loafing around your home.

As Fast Company reports, the secret to the 100 Year Pants's durability lies in their three-layer design. The outer later is water-resistant and can stand up to decades of wear-and-tear, while the innermost layer is made from a synthetic material that doesn't burn or melt. In between is a fireproof layer that automatically expands when exposed to extreme heat, creating a barrier between your skin and the flames. The pants are also outfitted with four spacious pockets, adjustable ankle belts, and leg vents you can zip open on hot days.

The material was originally designed for soldiers, and it's manufactured in Switzerland. But unlike typical military or space gear, the 100 Year Pants work just as well as lounge wear as active wear. The outer layer feels like sweatpants and the inner layer feels like cotton on your skin, while the fireproof middle layer allows the garment to breath. The pants are also designed to stretch with your body whether you're climbing a mountain or practicing yoga.

Vollebak has experience designing clothes meant to last longer than the average wearer. In 2017, the company released its 100 Year Hoodie, made from a softer version of Kevlar, for $300. At $645, the 100 Year Pants are an even more serious investment, but they may be worth it if you plan on making them the last pair of pants you buy for awhile.

[h/t Fast Company]

This Cool T-Shirt Shows Every Object Brought on the Apollo 11 Mission

Fringe Focus
Fringe Focus

NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission on July 16, 1969, ending the space race and beginning a new era of international space exploration. Just in time for the mission's 50th anniversary this year, Fringe Focus is selling a t-shirt that displays every item the Apollo 11 astronauts brought with them to the Moon.

The design, by artist Rob Loukotka, features some of the iconic objects from the mission, such as a space suit and helmet, as well as the cargo that never made it to primetime. Detailed illustrations of freeze-dried meals, toiletries, and maintenance kits are included on the shirt. The artist looked at 200 objects and chose to represent some similar items with one drawing, ending up with 69 pictures in total.

The unisex shirt is made from lightweight cotton, and comes in seven sizes ranging from small to 4XL. It's available in black heather or heather midnight navy for $29.

If you really like the design, the artwork is available in other forms. The same illustration has also been made into poster with captions indicating which pictures represent multiple items of a similar nature.

The Reason Sneakers Have an Extra Set of Holes

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iStock/PredragImages

If you examine your favorite items of clothing closely enough, you may start to ask questions like: Why are shirt buttons on different sides for men and women? (Because, historically, women didn't dress themselves.) Or why do my jeans have a tiny pocket? (To hold your pocket watch, of course.) Both of the clothing quirks mentioned above are relics of a different time, but if you look at your sneakers, you'll find a commonly-ignored detail that can be useful to your daily life.

Most sneakers have an extra set of holes above the laces that are often left empty. The holes may not line up exactly with the rest of the laces, indicating that they're there to serve a special purpose. For many situations, ignoring this pair of holes is totally fine, but if you're tying up your shoes before a rigorous run or hike, you should take advantage of them.

The video below from the company Illumiseen illustrates how to create a heel lock with these extra holes. Start by taking one lace and poking it through the hole directly above it to create a loop, and then do the same with the lace on the other side. Next, take the ends of both laces and pull them through the opposite loops. Tighten the laces by pulling them downwards rather than up. After creating the heel lock, secure it with a regular bow tie.

What this method does is tighten the opening of your shoe around your ankle, thus preventing your heel from sliding against the back of it as you run. It also stops your toe from banging against the front of your shoe. The heel lock is especially handy for long runs, walks, and other activities that often end with heel blisters and bruised toes. Even if you aren't slipping on your shoes for exercise, lacing up those extra holes can make a loose-fitting sneaker feel more comfortable.

Of course, the trick only works as long as your laces stayed tied—which even the most expertly-tied knot can't guarantee. Here's some of the science behind why your shoes often untie themselves.

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