Gale VS: Ultralight + Packable Jacket For Any Adventures

New and improved material using our Sunsail™ yarn. So small that it fits in your back pocket. So light that you can barely feel it.

Category: Outdoors & Sports

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Seadon is Back with their 4th campaign! We think this Jacket is pretty sweet! So sweet in fact, we have partnered with Seadon to give away three Jackets and three 30% off coupons to their e-commerce site. Good luck! 🙂

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1. This is our 4th Kickstarter campaign. Hello Trailblazers, we're back!

2. We are rated 4.8/5 on Trustpilot. Feel free to learn what our previous backers are saying about us here. Or chat with us here if you have any questions.

3. Seadon® is an English name, meaning 'from the hill by the sea'. We're known for our unique technical fabrics and sustainable practices.

 Now, onto the main event:

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THE ONE JACKET THAT NEVER LEAVES YOUR PACK, OR YOUR BACK POCKET

Gale VS is a featherlight, well-rounded jacket you would take anywhere, from cycling through city streets to trail running an exposed ridgeline.

After the success of our last Kickstarter, 'The Helios Trail Pants', where we developed our proprietary Sunsail™ fabric derived from discarded fishing nets, we decided to use the same technical yarn to develop our new Gale VS jacket.

 

The Gale VS jacket does not include built-in heaters, air conditioners, 40+ pockets with another 100+ features stuff into the jacket, nor does it make you bulletproof and make you fly- that would be pretty epic, to be honest. 

But the reality is this type of product generally over-promises and under-delivers.

The Gale VS jacket plays smarter, not harder. 

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It's all in the layers.

Technical shell jackets usually come in different 'layers' of fabric constructions. The outer layer would provide protection against the elements, and the inner layers would provide benefits to the body such as waterproofing, breathability, moisture-wicking, and cooling. The more layers you have, the more protection you would get against the elements, but the overall comfort level also decreases because thicker, multi-layered fabrics are not as breathable as single-layered fabrics. They are also much heavier and have a stiffer hand feel. 

1. Single layer. Double features.

With our Gale VS, we applied different innovations within a single-layered construction, resulting in a lighter material while providing the features of a 2 layer equivalent jacket. At only 40gsm, our fabric is truly ultralight and extremely soft. 

2. Normal ripstop vs Micro ripstop.

Ripstop fabric provides added durability by having heavier threads weaved together so that a tear will not spread. The closer the weave, the less chance a tear will spread. You can normally tell a ripstop fabric by its square pattern on the surface, but you can hardly see ours because we chose a micro ripstop construction to provide extra durability in an ultralight fabric.  

3. What is Cire© cooling technology?

Cire© is a performance finish where we use a heat and pressure technique to enhance the material structure without adding extra weight or harmful chemicals to the fabric. We applied this to the inside of the fabric, which you can feel once you put the jacket on by its cool-to-touch hand feel. As you move, Cire© kicks in to keep your body temperature well regulated and prevent you from overheating. If you run hot, this will be a joy to experience! 

Complete product specs can be found at the bottom of this page or in our FAQ.

With over 14 features fused into one single layer of fabric, we have created a unique versatile jacket that you can rely on wherever you go. The classic question of 'why didn't I bring a jacket?!' would not apply to the Gale VS.

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The Gale VS has two interior deep pockets for larger items, two exterior deep pockets for other items, and one secured inner pocket for your essentials.

Our Gale jacket has been tested by Trailblazers worldwide for the past 3 months since our capsule launch of the FL version last year.

The VS (Version Sunsail™) model shares all the great features of the FL. The main difference is the fabric construction, which is now made from our Sunsail™ yarn derived from discarded fishing nets and re-engineered into a micro-ripstop fabric.

Please watch the product demonstration video below by Active Ideas:

 

We also gave Seth, a seasoned marathon runner, the jacket to test out. It is a sponsored video for full disclosure, but Seth only agreed to the collaboration after testing it for a few months and decided the Gale FL is now his new go-to windbreaker.

 

Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru | 16,677 feet ✔️

Features:

  • Thermoregulating fabric with a unique cool-to-touch interior hand feel
  • Featherlight and ultra-packable (Medium: 100g/3.5oz)
  • Micro ripstop fabric for added durability
  • PFC-Free DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish
  • YKK® zipper and snap button
  • Two deep side pockets with an interior secured pocket
  • Two deep interior pockets for larger items only
  • Hidden arm pit Airvents™ for extra temperature regulation
  • Quick adjustable Galehood™ that provides a customizable fit
  • Elasticized cuffs and hem with a drop tail coverage for cyclers
  • Reflective detail on the right arm and hanging loop at the back neck
  • Sun protection (UPF 50+)

Material:

  • 100% recycled Sunsail™ nylon
  • 40gsm (1.4oz) woven micro ripstop
  • Cire© performance finish
  • Machine wash cold/low heat. Tumble dry low

Environmental:

  • Our unique Cire© cool-to-touch performance finish is 100% chemical-free
  • PFC-Free  DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish
  • Fabric is from 100% recycled content
  • 1% of sales made from this product gets donated back to nonprofits
  • Made responsibly in a WRAP-certified factory in Vietnam
  • We are a Climate Neutral company
     

More information about our partners can be found at the bottom of this page.

For more details, please see the reward section on the right of this page. *Free shipping + exchange is available to selected countries. For add-ons, more details can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you missed out on our previous Kickstarter campaigns, here's a great opportunity to try them out with the below add-ons. 

 Our signature collection from our 2nd Kickstarter campaign: The Daily-Tees. 

More than just t-shirts- these technical shirts are what kickstarted our company and they have become our core collection and best sellers to date. 

 Our award-winning product from our 3rd Kickstarter campaign: The Helios Trail Pants.

Rated the 'Best Lightweight Hiking Pants' by GearJunkie. This was our most successful Kickstarter campaign delivered to over 2000 backers in over 40+ countries. 

Men's style (Unisex fit)

 Helios Cropped Version:

Women's style + fit

The Shoreline Boardshorts:

Made with 100% recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic water bottles, with a soft brushed finish and PFC-Free DWR. Stroll along the beach with comfort, or take a plunge into the ocean with this elevated wardrobe essential.

Did you know it takes more than 1000 years before a plastic bag starts to break down in the landfill? Something's gotta change. 

Since the beginning, we have been shipping plastic-free using our FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) recycled kraft mailer. That means we are not even cutting down new trees to produce our recycled kraft mailer bags since the material is from a recycled source. No trees were harmed in the making of Seadon's packaging.

 

 
 

Choose size and color after the campaign ends. We will send you a survey to collect your details. See FAQ or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Staying cozy and comfortable with the GaleHood™

1. Ultralight and Versatile Travel Gear

 

 
 

Weighing in at around 3.5oz, you can literally pack the Gale VS wherever you go. Instead of having your old jacket tied around your waist, you can simply put it in your pocket or attach it to your pack without noticing it's there. 

2. Cire© Cooling and Moisture Wicking

Innovation isn't always visible with our fabric, but you can always feel it. Our unique Cire© cooling technology feels cool to the touch and disperses your body heat as you become more active so you will never feel hot and stuffy with the Gale VS.

3. Ultra Packable Anywhere You Go

The Gale VS packs into its own pocket, and it is so small that you will always find the space to fit an extra layer into your everyday life. Planning a hike with unpredictable temperatures and weather? Going into a place where the air-con is being blasted? Or simply living in a place where it's cold most of the year? The Gale VS provides limitless packability ready for any unpredictable moments.

 

4. Net-Zero Recycled Sunsail™ Nylon

Just like the farm-to-table ideology is to food, we believe it is crucial to bring awareness to how our materials are made. Traditional Nylon is a synthetic made using petroleum (oil), which is a non-renewable resource that is polluting our environment. Our recycled Sunsail™ Nylon is made from post-consumer plastics such as discarded fishing nets, which use far less energy and carbon footprint to produce. To take this one step further, we offset the carbon footprint of this material, making it a carbon-neutral material for us to create this next generation of technical fabric. You are not only getting a better product, but you are also supporting the welfare of our planet. 

5.  Micro Rip-Stop For Added Durability

Rip-stop fabrics are known for their tear-resistant properties, so it made sense to develop our fabric using this construction technique. We went one step further to increase the density of the construction to create a micro version of the rip-stop fabric. This jacket will have your back from day 1.

6. Feel Comfortable With Soft Touch Fabric

A jacket needs to be as comfortable as it is functional. We use ultrafine yarn to weave our fabric in order to create a soft texture that you can feel instantly when you put the jacket on. You've got to enjoy the little things in life too! 

7. Ultra-Breathable On The Move

Not only is our fabric ultra-breathable (aiming 25-30k+g/m2), there are hidden armpit vents on both sides that open as you move. The Gale VS breathes and cools you down as you get on with your busy day.

8. Anti-Microbial and Low Maintenance

Washing takes up precious time when you are always on the move. That's why the Gale VS is designed to be low maintenance with its anti-microbial fabric. Got dirt on the jacket? Simply wash it off with water and see your problem glide off the fabric. Stay fresh 24/7.

9. Wind Resistant

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Stuck in a windy situation? Zip up the Gale VS and put on the adjustable GaleHood™, which has been designed to provide a quick and customized fit for all the 'trail heads' out there! 

10. Quick Dry

Managed to get the Gale VS soaked to the core? That's impressive and hard to achieve. Just hang it out and grab a cup of tea. By the time you've finished, it'll be good to go again. be pleasantly surprised by how quickly the jacket dries!

11. Water Resistant

 

 

The Gale VS will stand against light rain any time of the day with our durable water repellent finish. 

12. PFC-Free DWR

 

 

PFCs are harmful chemicals that are normally used in DWR finishing on your typical outdoor clothing. For some PFCs there is evidence that they cause harm to reproduction, promote the growth of tumors and affect the hormone system. They also break down very slowly and remain in the environment for many years. Basically, it is extremely toxic to humans and our planet. Our DWR finish is PFC-FREE, meaning it has reached the highest standards in terms of safety for the wearer and sustainability for our planet. We highly recommend backers to look out for 'PFC-FREE' whenever they see a pretty video of liquid gliding magically on a fabric's surface.

13. Sun Protection (UPF 50+)

Weaved permanently in the fabric and never washes off. There's a reason why we named our fabric after a Sun God.

14.  Temperature Regulating

One of the main problems we experienced with other jackets is how hot and stuffy they feel when you wear the jacket for a period of time, especially when you are on the move. That is why we developed an ultra-breathable fabric with hidden armpit vents. We found this combination to be magical and worked great during our 3+ months of field testing the jacket. You just don't need those extra worries that come with a stuffy jacket that feels like wearing a bin bag.

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NET ZERO IMPACT
   SEADON chooses Recycled Nylon made from discarded fishing-nets sourced world-wide. It shares the same ecological benefits as Recycled Polyester by diverting waste from landfills while also requiring fewer production resources than virgin nylon. Diverting garbage from the ocean is another huge environmental plus in preserving sea life and global water quality.

Final measurements can vary between 0 - 0.5 inches.

Men's Sizing:

If you are in-between sizes, we recommend measuring your current favorite lightweight jacket and seeing what type of fit you would prefer for the Gale VS. For a more relaxed fit, size up. 

Women sizing:

We recommend sizing down for those looking for a regular fit. For example, if you wear a size large, then we recommend choosing a medium. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, then you won't need to size down.

Initial design sketches

Some behind the scenes shots of our campaign video

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An Innovative Eco-Friendly Clothing Brand

Our mission : to enrich your outdoor adventures when you set out to enjoy earth.

There comes a time when only the great outdoors can soothe the soul by switching our urban HiFi frequency to the Lo-fi vibe of mother nature. Real moments of recalibration from the land to the sea – the very definition of the word, SEADON. Our story is one reflected through far-off travels around the world; hiking, climbing, paddling and surfing in desirable destinations that lured us through their sheer, natural beauty. But it was on these adventures that we all noticed something universally global. Pollution, waste and environmental destruction was on the rise and it was time to act – somewhere, somehow, we would help to make a definable difference in preserving our planet.

Enter SEADON.

Together, we can now move the needle for the good of the earth by embracing ethically produced outdoor goods. Everything SEADON does comes from our ethos to keep it sustainable; from the land to the sea. No shortcuts. No compromise. That’s why we choose ethically produced fibres, recycled plastic and nylon, and biodegradable packaging in the production of all our SEADON goods. We also donate 1% of product sales to nonprofit organisations that use it for real bottom-line action. This is a journey driven by environmental passion and created through the support of you – our fellow trailheads. Now get out there and explore more! 

Carson Leong, Founder

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WRAP CERTIFIED FACTORY: We choose to partner with WRAP – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production. It’s the world’s largest independent facility certification program focused on apparel, footwear and sewn products. Having WRAP certification shows our SEADON people that we’re committed to ethical and responsible business standards; we abide by the laws of countries we work with, treat workers with dignity and respect, and officially acknowledge the impact our production has on the environment.

BLUESIGN® APPROVED FABRIC: We choose to partner with Bluesign®, being today’s leading solution for sustainable textile production. It adopts a holistic approach across the entire supply chain by setting and controlling standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production process. By acting as an ecologically responsible business under Bluesign® guidance, we’re reducing our carbon footprint while contributing to their mission of creating sustainable textile systems for progressive-thinking brands.

1% FOR THE PLANET MEMBER: We choose to partner with 1% for the Planet by donating 1% of product sales to highly vetted environmental and social nonprofits. In this way, our giving is credible; as facilitated by a globally respected brand that has directed hundreds of millions of dollars to highly effective nonprofits worldwide. We see it as business karma done the right way.

WE ARE CLIMATE NEUTRAL: We choose to partner with Climate Neutral for certification in offsetting and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. They help us measure our carbon equivalent footprint that we then offset by paying carbon credits into approved initiatives; like reforestation programs and renewable energy projects. We’re proud to be part of a sustainability movement that’s driven to reach a zero net carbon emissions goal by 2050.

FSC CERTIFIED PACKAGING: We choose to partner with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for all of our paper tags and packaging. When you see an FSC certified label on our goods, you know 100% that the paper has been sourced and processed through an FSC audited forest that practices rigorous social and environmental standards.

 
 

Comments

Manon G.
Manon G.
Jun 30, 2022

Can't wait to get it.

Sangil H.
Sangil H.
Jun 29, 2022

I expect differentiation from other existing jackets.

Nick L.
Nick L.
Jun 25, 2022

I really like the Seadon shirts I got during their last campaign. Good quality, lightweight, versatile. Looking forward to this jacket!

Stephane L.
Stephane L.
Jun 22, 2022

In my opinion, this is a must-buy. Great choices of colours, the fabric seems legit good, and its price is reasonable! Love the video, by the way :)