Instead of an extra puffy coat or vest, the team at Exotogg hope you will consider bringing an inflatable thermal layer instead. Powered by nothing more than your own breath, the inflatable vest adds a layer of warmth to your core and packs down small when not needed.
Originally built with motorcyclists in mind, Exotogg can be used for everything from shoveling your driveway during the polar vortex to skiing and hiking. Exotogg reminds me a lot of Klymit’s original argon-filled vests. But instead of canisters of noble gas, Exotogg relies simply on the power of your breath for insulation. One, two, three or four breaths, you can quickly and easily varies the amount of insulation you need on the fly.
Weighing just 9 ounces or 260 grams, the Exotogg vest packs down to the size of a paperback. The company claims it offers 10% better insulation than feather down (in R per gram), but at a fraction of the bulk. And if it starts to pour rain, you don’t have to worry about the inflatable vest getting waterlogged and losing its insulating properties.
Exotogg is made from durable, flexible, and puncture resistant TPU. The design lets moisture out without losing heat, so you stay warm and comfortable even when you work hard. The inflatable vest is engineered to be antibacterial and antimicrobial, with a marine-grade valve for added durability.
Remove the Velcro side attachments and the Exotogg vest can be laid out flat for use as a mattress or trail seat. It will aid flotation in a pinch, and may even be useful as a splint (as yet untested, however). It may also come in handy as a travel pillow.
The Exotogg inflatable vest comes in two lengths and retails for £99 or around $130. The vest is available now from the company website.