The Last Jacket

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An amazing product idea doesn't necessarily mean the products is amazing in reality. In this phase, we put our designs on trial and invite you to test the products with us.

With The Last, we are pursuing the ambition of creating the last jacket you ever need to buy. This is a huge ambition, and to get as close to it as possible, the jacket must be tested by many people over a long period of time. That is why we are developing The Last with our customers. To take part in further development, read more and order your products below. See the pants here.

Ventile cotton
Matching pants
Designed with our Community

An amazing product idea doesn't necessarily mean the products is amazing in reality. In this phase, we put our designs on trial and invite you to test the products with us.

With The Last, we are pursuing the ambition of creating the last jacket you ever need to buy. This is a huge ambition, and to get as close to it as possible, the jacket must be tested by many people over a long period of time. That is why we are developing The Last with our customers. To take part in further development, read more and order your products below. See the pants here.

Ventile cotton
Matching pants
Designed with our Community

PROCESS
Over the past two years, The Last has been tested, evaluated and developed in three rounds by around 150 people. Based on their feedback (see here or read the comments at the bottom of this page), we have made changes to a new version of the products that will be in stock in the beginning of 2023.

If you are interested in helping us develop these products this winter, preorder your jacket above. (Preorder the pants here.) In contributing to development by giving us feedback and ideas, you get the jacket for a lower price (full price: 850 Euro). You can expect to receive your jacket in December. It will be possible to purchase the products after they are in stock, but to be sure you get the correct size and color we advise you to preoder today. (Certain sizes are already sold out.) If you want to see and try the clothes in person we have certain sizes in our store in Oslo.

AREAS OF USE
The goal behind The Last is to creating the only jacket you need on a road trip in the northern hemisphere. Imagine going on a trip without an agenda; you might go skiing, to the movies, climbing, hunting, cycling, sailing or just hang out in the sun. And imagine that you only have room for one jacket. That is what The Last will be. Many people can't imagine only having one jacket for every activity. We wish to challenge that misconception. Own fewer clothes and pack less. That is the essence of our philosophy.

Read our entire design philosophy here.

VENTILE COTTON
The jacket is made in the legendary fabric, Ventile. You can read more about the fabric here. Here are a few benefits:

Water resistant
Ventile is amazing in any situation. The only exception might be hours of pouring rain, but a big part of Ventile's fame comes from the its technology that keeps water out. (It was originally developed for fire hoses.)

"Breathable"
The fabric is relatively light and a lot of the focus goes towards its breathability. Unlike GoreTex, Ventile is also comfortable against the skin.

Patina
Ventile is known for its patina – it ages well. That is also a key element in our design philosophy: Timeless. We have researched jackets from the past 100 years, and have reached a cut, design and color palette that won't go out of style for the next 100 years.

"CONTRACT"
Northern Playgrounds biggest goal is to reduce the world's clothing consumption. Thus, the concept surrounding The Last jacket and pants is built on systems that help the products last as long as possible. E.g. the products are made with durable materials and designed so that vulnerable parts can easily be replaced.

But what happens after a product is sold is just as important as how it is produced. Therefore, we view every purchase in our store as a kind of "contract", and by purchasing The Last you agree to the terms in this contract.

LIFETIME SERVICE
A huge part of all our clothing is the lifetime service they come with. This means that we will repair your garment free of charge, whenever necessary. In addition, we will help you with maintenance tips and tricks for as long as possible.

The Last has now gone through three rounds of testing, and we are already very pleased with the result so far. Although, the products are still being developed, and as long as they are in this phase they will be sold at a slightly lower price. Because of this, The Last does not yet come with lifetime service. We will repair anything that gets worn out within a natural period of time.

To ensure that the jacket lasts as long as possible, it must be easy to replace or repair worn out parts. Exposed areas like elbows and shoulders have been reinforced with a thicker and more solid version of recycled Ventile, that can handle more wear and tear. The reinforcements are mounted so that they can easily be replaced in the future.

PERSONALIZATION
The Last is supposed to be a garment that you have a personal connection to throughout your entire life. To increase this probability, we ensure that each product is personalized. On the inside of the jacket, there will be a label with your full name, the jacket's serial number, its production year and information about the finders fee. The serial number and production year are also embroidered on the arm of the jacket. The label itself is made in Oslo, and sewn onto the jackets in our shop. Only preordered jackets will receive this label.

Fun fact: Over 65% of people from the second round of testing told us that the personalization motivated them to take better care of the garment and thus keep it longer.

DESIGN
Sizes
The jacket has been developed to fit both men and women. We advise men to order the size they usually wear, and women to order a size down. If you want to try on the jacket, visit us at our store at Youngstorget in Oslo.

Colors
Colors in this phase are based on standard colors from the manufacturer. Final colors will be chosen later.

ZIPPER SYSTEM
In the first rounds of testing, the jacket has had a unique zipper system that provides the possibility of folding up the back of the jacket and letting your backpack rest straight on the layers below. The main point is the possibility of wearing a jacket and backpack at the same time, without getting the back of the jacket wet.

After the second round of testing, we became aware that most of the testers didn't feel the need for this function, and decided to remove the side zippers. At the same time, we realised that that the function still can be used by opening the jacket from the bottom. This way we are able to keep the functionality and still achieve a simpler design.

The armpit zipper has not been removed, and it will still be possible to ventilate using the pictured technique.

KEY FEATURES

1. Large hood with space for helmet. Drawstring for adjustments in front and back.

4., 9. & 12. Reinforcements in shoulders, cuffs and elbows in ECO 400, a more robust material for better durability and extra protection from rain.

13. Water repellent YKK zipper. Three sliders for easy ventilation under arms and in sides. Open at the bottom for extra mobility when needed.

15. Oblique cutting for extra protection around wrists.

PRICE
Another key part of our design philosophy is not to focus on the production price during development. We only focus on making the best possible product. The price of The Last jacket will be around 850 Euro, but if you take part in development this fall, the jacket will be yours for 580 Euro.

DEVELOPMENT
Below is a summary of the most important updates that this fall's products will receive based on feedback from the first three groups of testers.

REINFORCEMENTS
We have reinforced all weak points discovered during testing to ensure a more durable jacket. Testers also asked for less of a contrast between the color of the shoulder reinforcement and the main color of the jacket, which will be implemented in the next round. Reinforced areas:

  • A larger area on the shoulders and neck to protect from backpack straps
  • The seams between shoulder and arm to avoid water intake
  • Bottom edge

CLEANER DESIGN
We have changed multiple elements to achieve a cleaner and more neutral design. For example:

  • The drawstring in the hood is now hidden for better protection and a nicer look
  • The velcro lift the back of the jacket is now hidden to avoid wear and for a cleaner design
  • Mesh has now been replaced by Ventile on the inside of the jacket (besides the beacon pocket) to ensure a nicer design and less plastic
  • Zippers in the sides are removed. These were originally used to lift and air out the back, but the function can still be used without the zippers.

PRACTICAL

Last but not least, we made some practical changes to the jacket to make it more comfortable and useful. For example:

  • A "garage" has been added to the top of the zipper to avoid a cold and hard zipper resting against the chin
  • An extra pocket has been added to the pocket bag on the inside of the jacket for storing smaller items
  • The length of the jacket is now 3 cm shorter than the first rounds, after feedback from multiple testers. (The green jacket pictured is an even shorter version, and the jacket coming this fall will be slightly longer than it. See exact measurements in the size guide below.)
  • + Technical info
  • + Size chart

Process

1 Design phase
2 Testing phase
3 Decision phase
4 Production phase
5 Available
Lifetime service
Read more

Discussion

We have received feedback on the idea and design from our Community, and will now be testing the product. To make sure that we only create products you will love for many years, we test them with you and other customers. If you have questions before ordering test products or have any general comments, join the discussion below!

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