Aviator 2: Solution, Part 3 of 3
October 13th, 2015
One year and ten prototypes later, we’ve landed on a suit jacket and pant design flexible enough for real life.
We came out of the design process with a pair of pants which we believe make sitting, bending, and of course moving a whole lot easier. Part of that has to do with our decision to remove the inner silicone waistband, which actually hindered the extreme stretch we wanted these pants to provide.
For the most dependability possible, we opted for ultra-durable CobraX slide lock closures – quite literally the best hardware in their class.
After some prototyping, we realized that the Aviator 2 jacket didn’t need a liner. Even though the one we experimented with in our first prototype did boast a fair amount of stretch, that extra layer between the jacket and the wearer presented a slight touch of added weight and obstruction that we wanted to avoid. That, and the moisture management wasn't as effective with it there. So we removed the liner entirely and cleaned up the interior pockets for a polished look inside and out.
Instead of sewing the front pockets to the jacket, we bonded them for a low-profile build. And we added zipper closures beneath the pocket flaps, so that when you take the jacket off, you don’t have to worry about your belongings falling out of your pockets.
As long as they’re functional, we’re all for unexpected details. Like this small zip pocket, tucked beneath the left lapel.
A major painpoint in traditional suit jackets has always been constricted movement. To enable fuller maneuverability across the upper back, we curved the yoke up and above the shoulder blades. Not only does it make moving easier – it’ll stay flat as you move.
Another unexpected detail: fully functional cuff vents with sturdy snap (instead of button) closures.