Vollebak's Solar Charged Jacket does for Slimer Green what the clothing startup's Baker Miller Naptime Hoodie did for Unicorn Pink: it takes a crazy cut from Roy G Biv, and gives it a highly functional application. Naptime's pink was designed to lower your heart rate and send you into a power slumber faster. The Solar Charged Jacket's green gives runners, campers, and adventurists some visibility at night.
OK. A whole lot of visibility at night.
The lightweight, waterproof jacket also keeps you ventilated and dry and, at a mere 8 ounces, can ball up into the size of a fistful and stuff into a bag or bike pouch when you don't need it.
Back back to that glowing green thing. The Solar Charged Jacket achieves its after-dark effect through a mesh-housed membrane engineered with a phosphorescent compound. The compound sucks up light from virtually any source, from the sun to a light bulb to your iPhone, and it does it fast. Re-emission speed, though, is inversely proportional. Vollebak says, "The membrane acts as if it's alive, absorbing sunlight like a plant and then lighting up as day turns to night."
Simply wearing the Solar Charged Jacket during the day is the fastest way to juice it up. Anything from 2 minutes' to 2 hours' worth of light will show returns when it gets dark, with the glow appearing automatically.
The Solar Charged Jacket is a top Dude Gift for an Athlete pick.