Ralph Lauren Made Self-heating Jackets for Team USA — and You Can Get One Too
While we're watching the Olympic Winter Games in 2018, Team USA will be living in the future thanks to their ultra-high-tech, self-heating opening ceremony uniforms. Polo Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee have just unveiled the parade uniforms that Team USA will be sporting in (freezing) Pyeongchang, South Korea — and these aren’t just any regular old uniforms. This year’s get-ups feature tech-enhanced jackets with an interior self-heating system designed to keep the athletes much warmer than your typical down coat ever could.
The patriotic look includes red, white, and blue coats; classic blue jeans; classic knit sweaters; fringed cowboy gloves; star spangled bandanas; and mountaineering boots. Oh, and let’s not forget that all-American "USA" beanie.
But let’s take a closer look at the best part: the heating system developed exclusively for Ralph Lauren. Bonded to the jackets’ interior in electronically printed conductive carbon and silver ink (say that five times fast) is none other than the American flag. Fueled by a battery pack with three generous heat settings and a battery life of up to 11 hours (think of the possibilities!), athletes are able to stay warm and limber for the games, courtesy of RL.