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  • #CockpitGlobetrotters: Arctic Freediver

    Jacques de Vos photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan for Red Bull Jacques de Vos photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan for Red Bull

    Our person of interest this month takes us out of Africa, and into North Norway Arctic. When we launched the Cockpit Globetrotters campaign, some shots from Don Young at Newland, Tarlton, & Co were posted on the personal pages of our upcoming adventurers of interest. After seeing a shot online, one of the most unique adventurers we could have imagined reached out to us offering to help. The friendly, humble e-mail mentioned he was a photographer, a free diver, and the minor detail that he operates guided free dives with Orca whales…….wait what?

     

    As understated as Jacques was in his communications, it is hard to not be impressed by a guy who swims around with Orca’s in the arctic. Partnered with Boreal Yachting, Jacques operates Arctic Freediving, an adventurers experience outfit that maintains a prominent position on the bucket list of the most daring of us all.

    An instructor trainer at the legendary Freedive International, operating out of Tanzania, Egypt, Thailand, and the Canary Islands, Jacques is truly a global personality. Bouncing between Nordic Fjords, and the volcanic grounds of Tenerife, Jacques lives an extraordinary life that required a jacket that fit the lifestyle he has created for himself.

    Jacques de Vos out on the boat in his Cockpit G-1 Jacques de Vos out on the boat in his Cockpit G-1

    Choosing to sport our Navy G-1, Jacques put on the jacket of Navy fighter jocks since WWII. A recognizable symbol for Top Gun, Corsair pilots, Tom Cats and battleship bridges, the G-1 has been a mainstay of cool for a very long time. Built to stand up to the rigors of an ocean faring lifestyle, Jacques chose the jacket that provided all the function, (and flare) a man who dives with Orca’s should have.

     

    World Record freediver Alenka Artnik exploring a wreck in front of Freedive International in our Trendsetter B-15. Photographed by Jacques de Vos World Record freediver Alenka Artnik exploring a wreck in front of Freedive International in our Trendsetter B-15. Photographed by Jacques de Vos

    Throughout the last couple of months Jacques has provided a string of breathtaking shots from around the world. Norwegian Fjords, beautiful ports, and even one of our B-15’s floating 80 feet below the surface with a ship wreck. He has also been able to pass on numerous stories of compliments our jacket has received. Being appreciated among the adventurers of the world is something we take great pride in.

    The team of divers get ready to hit the water. Photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan The team of divers get ready to hit the water. Photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan

    This month, Red Bull will feature Jacques as a person of interest, if ever there was an endorsement for success in adventure sports, Red Bull sets the bar. We are looking forward to seeing Jacques, and his Cockpit G-1 telling his story, of his extraordinary life. Check out Jacques's Red Bull feature here.

     

  • Stories of the Jacket:

    Never out of style, never out of fashion - the Cockpit USA crafted US Navy Issue G-1 is undoubtedly a timeless classic. Made from  100% goatskin, manufactured according to the current military specified pattern and modelled on the G-1 design, which Cockpit USA currently supplies to the Navy and Coast Guard units, this jacket is authentic in every aspect. Featuring a bi-swing back for comfort and ease of movement, top entry front flap pockets, an interior chest pocket, a full frontal zipper with a USN seal stamped wind flap, underarm grommets for ventilation, nylon lining along with knit cuffs and waistband - this piece ticks all the boxes for historic credibility! However, unlike the current government specified synthetic acrylic collar, Cockpit USA has added a genuine silky lambswool shearling mouton collar like that of the WW11 era jackets for a more luxurious finish. As this jacket is sized according to military specifications, ordering one size larger is recommended for a looser fit or your regular size for a true to size fit. Available in regular and long sizes. Proudly made in the USA. Grab yours here!
  • Cockpit USA Construction: Vintage G-1 Jacket

    Earlier this week, we at Cockpit USA featured the Navy G1 in the ‘Story of the Jacket’ post. Now, we bring you an exclusive sneak look into how the legendary Vintage G-1 jacket is created. You would be forgiven for thinking that this vintage G-1 is a preserved gem from the 1940's. Initially hand treated to create the illusion of years of wear; this G-1 jacket also features a purposely-aged mouton shearling collar and is manufactured from specially made goatskin for its unique antique look. From the pattern cutting and meticulous sewing techniques of the high quality leather components to the final touches of construction, this video gives a never before seen insight into Cockpit USA factory and the unmatched quality of craftsmanship put into this jacket. Boasting the same type of main garment label on the interior as the pre-WWII original and the application of vintage embroidered squadron patches from the 40's, 50's and 60's for a father to son hand-me-down effect, this jacket is as authentic as it gets! Proudly made in the USA this jacket is currently available at www.cockpitusa.com!

     

  • Story of the Jacket: Navy G-1 Jacket

    Eighty years since it was first introduced to the U.S. Navy, the G-1 leather bomber continues to reign supreme as the current uniform issue jacket in Naval Aviation. Most notably known as the famous flight jacket worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, this jacket is constructed from 100% antique lambskin of the finest quality, full fitted and featuring a bi-swing back for comfort and ease of movement. Crafted to perfection down to the intricately embroidered pilot’s battle map on the inner lining, the jacket also has a real mouton sheep shearling collar which can be removed along with knit cuffs, waistband and two under arm grommets for ventilation. Timeless in style and considerate in maintaining all authentic detailing, the Navy G-1 is one of the many gems in the Cockpit USA crown!

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