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For our inaugural down vest collaboration, who better to team up with than the experienced folks at Zanter. With a history spanning over 70 years, the brand has firmly established itself as the premier maker of down jackets in Japan, and it is their knowledge and expertise in the Arctic field that has put them in a league above the rest. Being able to work with the brand to create an outerwear piece that is true to our Indigo DNA has been an absolute blast, and we are stoked to bring to fruition a down vest featuring a Cobalt Blue hue that Denimheads around the world can truly appreciate.
Sticking to our blue guns during the design phase, we felt that the Cobalt Blue shell and lining ticked all the right boxes for a functional down vest that is just as versatile in terms of wearability and aesthetics. Switching the YKK Japan© classic black buttons for Metallic Gray hit all the feels to complete the aesthetic we were aiming for. Sizing was just as important and given that Zanter's regular lineup vests are only produced up to an L, we made sure that our range was one step up, with the XL fitting closer to a true US-sized L.
Zanter's reputation for using the finest of materials in their garments is near-legendary in the Japanese outerwear realm. Not only does this vest feature a down Fill Power (FP) number of 800, the 4-layer outer shell construction guarantees unbeatable insulation. Zanter has managed to achieve all of this while keeping the aesthetic sleek and overall weight to a minimum. What's more, with the inclusion of handwarmer pockets and a double-secured front zipper+snap button opening, you'll be able to take on those chilly days with impunity.
Zanter is heralded as the first brand to produce down wear in Japan. The first pieces were worn in 1956 by members of the Manaslu Expedition Corps as well as the Antarctic Observation Corps. Zanter has continued to produce the highest quality Japanese down wear by selecting only the finest materials and using well-honed production methods.
Locally sourced high-quality down feathers are extremely difficult to come by, at the most only 10g can be found on the chest area of a suitable Waterfowl. The quality of feathers is also greatly affected by breeding methods, environment, and feed during infancy. These carefully selected feathers then go through a thorough process of washing, drying, dehydration, sterilization, and dust removal which results in a down that not only has excellent heat retention properties but is also durable and sanitary.
*Model is pictured wearing a size L. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
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