Adidas and Y-3 are paving the way to the future. Y-3, launched by Yohji Yamamoto and known for its creative and progressive products, has teamed up with Virgin Galactic — the world’s first commercial space airline — for a space-apparel partnership.
With the announcement came a prototype flight suit and boot for Virgin Galactic’s astronaut pilots at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
The Y-3 design team, led by Senior Director Lawrence Midwood, has combined Adidas’ technical know-how and Y-3’s directional approach to style with advanced fabrics, special techniques and bespoke modifications to ensure fit, comfort and performance for space pilots.
The flight boot contains leather and Nomex materials and features advanced structural details, including an outsole with Traxion lugs for ultimate grip and an adiPRENE heel insert for comfort and shock absorption.
The prototype boot also features Chief Pilot Dave Mackay’s named stitched into leather and the Adidas and Y-3 logos on the heel. “Y-3 pilot boots are really impressive. They look tough, yet they are light and flexible,” Mackay said in a promo video.
Everything is designed for function, according to Midwood. The flight suit is made to fully support a pilot’s natural seating position as identified through a series of tests and trials with the Virgin Galactic pilot corps.
“At Y-3, we are fascinated by innovation and are continually looking to evolve, to progress and to challenge the ordinary, and this collaboration has enabled us to do so in a truly unique way,” Midwood said in a release. “Space travel is one of the most exciting developments of our generation, and working so closely with Adam [Wells] and the team at Virgin Galactic has been thoroughly exciting, challenging and rewarding.”
Adidas says the pilots will be able to try out the prototype products in flight during Virgin Galactic’s flight test program. To see more, watch the video below.