Team USA’s 2018 Olympic Uniforms Have a High-Tech Surprise
There’s a heater inside the jackets.
We are only a few weeks away from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea—and we can’t wait to see the competition unfold in figure skating, skiing, hockey, speed skating, and more. To get us even more excited for the Games, Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee unveiled the Opening Ceremony uniforms that the athletes will wear during the parade of nations on February 9.
At first glance, the uniforms have the same classic Americana style that we’ve come to expect from Ralph Lauren, but there’s a high-tech detail that you might not notice. The red, white, and blue down parka comes equipped with built-in heating system. The interior of the jacket is emblazoned with an American flag that was printed with conductive carbon and silver inks and is attached to a battery pack. It comes with three heat settings and lasts up to 11 hours on a full charge. That same technology is also used on the closing ceremony bomber jackets, which were also designed by Ralph Lauren
In addition to the heated parka, athletes will also wear slim moto-inspired jeans, an intarsia-knit wool sweater, a ski hat, USA-themed navy bandana, a leather belt, fringed and beaded brown suede explorer gloves, and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.
“Ralph Lauren has effortlessly woven style and functionality into the Opening Ceremony uniform for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer, said in a press release. “The revolutionary design will keep American athletes warm as they proudly walk through PyeongChang Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony.”
There will be a limited number of parkas available for non-athletes at the Ralph Lauren Prince Street store in New York City, but if you can’t snag one you can still show your support with official Team USA gear. Ralph Lauren is selling the official opening ceremony boots, sweater, jeans, and gloves on its website.