Introducing the YNOT Cargo Net! Made with tear-proof 1000D Cordura and durable National Molding hardware, the Cargo Net safely secures heavy, awkward objects to your YNOT backpack or messenger bag.
Quickly stow your yoga mat on the way to the gym, strap on your skateboard for an evening shred or stuff your bike helmet on-the-go. The Cargo Net also features a retroreflective laser-cut micro-dot logo to help you been seen at night, and integrates seamlessly with any YNOT backpack, including our Magnetica, Neo or Laneway, as well as our messenger bags, like our Junction and Mongoose.
Introducing the newest Swoop in our Swoop System lineup: the Swoop Utility Sleeve! It features two quick-access zippered pockets, one padded to keep a 13" laptop or tablet, another for cellphones, wallets and whatever your want to keep secure, as well as a quick-access pocket for even more accessories. Keep all your tech safe, secure and in one place: the Swoop Utility Sleeve pops in-and-out of our backpacks easily thanks to the National Molding quick-clips, and can be used in addition to our other Swoop Laptop Sleeves.
First, we wanted to make a jacket that was dependable.
A jacket that would just simply work—day in and day out, year after year.
For that we drew from our decade of experience doing what we do best: building stuff that lasts a really long time.
We brought in some friends from the garment industry to lend their authority to the project too, and we went to the drawing board with the aim of designing a jacket that was at once tough and timeless, durable and dependable.
Then we watched some Steve McQueen movies.
Fashion can be fickle, and if we intended to make a jacket that would last longer than most presidential administrations, it seemed obvious to draw inspiration from the King of Cool himself.
Influenced by the enduring style of the classic military field coat, with its timeless silhouette and utilitarian understatedness, we wanted the Lakewood to look as good on the back of a Triumph Bonneville than it would for 9 p.m. reservations downtown at Nobu.
To achieve that, we knew exactly where to look: Bridgeport, New Jersey.
Maybe not the first (or even second) place when thinking of “cool,” but that’s where you’ll find Martin Dyeing and Finishing Company, who today produce the same sought-after, durable waxed canvas they did when they established in 1838.
That’s over 200 years of quality and expertise, and we think that’s cool as hell.
We went with Martin Co.’s 10.10 ounce army duck, a midweight waxed canvas, with a weighty, robust finish, that still feels incredibly soft at hand, and only looks more handsome the more it’s worked in.
You can read more about our Waxed Canvas here, but we're also doing a version of the Lakewood Jacket using our 500D Multicam Cordura. To learn more about our Cordura, you can check out our blog post here.
With the design direction and materials sorted out, we then decided to do something completely different…
Offering each and every customer the opportunity to custom design their own jacket might sound like a logistical nightmare, because for most it very possibly could be.
But we’ve been around the block a few times, and have gotten pretty good at this DIY (design-it-yourself) sort of thing.
We love empowering our customers with the ability to make themselves something truly personal, something that they’ll hopefully cherish for years to come, so we’ve offered our customers the option to custom design their bags and accessories for many years.
In fact, custom work has become one of our core competences, and likely always will be. So in the end, the decision to offer full customization for the Lakewood Jacket was actually kind of a no-brainer. We think making stuff is cool, and we encourage everyone to make cool stuff as much as they can. But not everyone has access to industrial bartack machines or giant laser cutters, so the custom option is our very small way of supporting our customers to do something different and express themselves.
The last piece of the puzzle had to do with getting the word out. We’re pretty excited about the Lakewood, but sharing that excitement with an already crowded marketplace can be a little tricky.
That’s why we’ve decided to return to Kickstarter for the official launch.
We’ve always appreciated Kickstarter’s very active, and very honest, user community. We’ve used crowdfunding with success in the past to raise awareness of new product lines, while offering our core supporters early-bird discounts. Feel free to view coverage of crowdfunded product launches of ours, such as our Wildland Scout Backpack, or our Magnetica line of bags and accessories.
But given the all-or-nothing nature of these crowdfunded campaigns, successful funding is always anything but a sure thing.
It’s either a good product, or it’s not, and Kickstarter users can sniff an insincere marketing pitch from a mile away. As a result, the integrity of the community is continuously preserved, and we like that about them. In return, the community holds us accountable, and drives us to truly deliver durable, dependable gear that's built to last—and not just talk about it (although we do love to talk about it too).
And that’s the story of how the Lakewood Jacket came about. We like to think of it as a small act of defiance in an era of fast-fashion and throw-away culture.
If you think about it, the idea of a making a durable, long-lasting jacket shouldn’t be an interesting one, but the fact that you’re (maybe) still reading this perhaps demonstrates otherwise.
Click here to check out the Lakewood Custom Builder. Who knows, you might make something that you think is cool too.
Introducing the Lakewood Jacket by YNOT.
A durable, made-in-Canada, built-for-life field jacket, custom designed by you.
That means YOU design YOUR jacket to suit your style—from base material and colour, closure system, liner type, pocket style and configuration, optional hood, and more, all backed by our lifetime warranty.
Book your free fitting.
Fittings are free. The Lakewood Jacket is available in 10 sizes. Custom sizing is available for an additional $60.
We will contact you with available time slots.
Want to measure yourself? No problem. We made a video to help you along.
Once you've got your measurements, check out our size, and choose from one of 10 sizes. Don't see your size? Go ahead and book a custom jacket fitting in the form above.
Use the chart below if you're measuring yourself, that is, your own body.
If you'd rather use the measurements from your favourite jacket, skip down to the more comprehensive measurement list below, and watch the video if you need extra assistance.
We made one more sizing video to make sure that you get the jacket of your dreams. If you have a jacket that already fits you perfectly, simply follow the steps in this video on how to measure it.
Use the chart below if you're measuring your favourite jacket
If you'd rather measure yourself, that is, your own body, use the measurement chart above this one.
We make most of our bags with something called Cordura. We always have. And until something better comes along, we likely always will.
Cordura is the brand name of a very durable fabric. There are a few different types of Cordura, but in it’s most basic form, it’s a nylon.
Nylon is a synthetic material, meaning it’s not naturally occurring, like wool or cotton, but rather created in a laboratory. It’s also a polymer, which means that it’s made up of a bunch of the exact same molecules (called monomers) linked together again and again in a very long line. Think of a length of chain, a single link is like a single monomer, and when you put a bunch of links together, you get a chain: a polymer.
Cordura is made by weaving together a specific type of nylon: nylon 66, which is made of two monomers, each containing 6 carbon atoms, hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid, hence the “66.”
In this sense, nylon 66 is like a good, heavy chain: it is strong, durable, and made to last a lifetime. It also happens to be very lightweight, making it ideal for us in the carry industry (although it has many other applications, like zip-ties, or the nut in your guitar).
Cordura wasn’t always nylon 66, however. The name was first applied to a type a rayon, a different “semi-synthetic” polymer made out of wood pulp. Like many practical inventions, this rayon Cordura-type got its start in the military. During World War II, it was sewn into jeep tires to increase their puncture resistance. The original Cordura was simply an inexpensive, durable tire cord, thus the name: Cord – Dura.
Meanwhile, in the 1960s, nylon production was being refined and sophisticated, and DuPont, who owned the Cordura name, transferred it from its rayon polymer to this new wonder material, nylon 66.
But it wasn’t until the late 1970s, when scientists discovered an easy way to dye nylon, that its potential for consumer applications was fully realized.
This is when companies like Eastpak and JanSport began manufacturing their colourful Cordura daypacks. And although it seemed groundbreaking at the time, they were able to offer lifetime warranties for these bags, speaking to the durable characteristics of early Cordura.
Interestingly enough, despite their “heritage” brand image, neither JanSport nor Eastpak make bags out of Cordura anymore. When they moved their operations overseas, they chose to use cheaper, much less durable polyester, like the ones used by some of our other competitors. Make of that what you will.
These days, Cordura comes in many forms, but it’s usually designated by its specific “denier” type. Denier (pronounced Den-YAY) is a unit of measurement for the linear density of a fibre when woven together, which is less complicated than it sounds.
Denier is simply the weight of the fabric, that’s it, or more realistically, the thickness. It actually denotes the mass in grams of a 9,000-metre long single strand of fiber. It’s an old French term, and is based on a natural reference: a single strand of silk is approximately one denier, as a 9-kilometre long strand of silk weighs about one gram.
So the smaller the denier number the lighter and thinner the fabric, and in turn, the less durable. For example, 30D (30 denier) or 45D Cordura’s are great for lightweight applications, like jackets or jeans, at a cost of durability. You’ll also find this on inexpensive, off-the-shelf daypacks, those that don’t offer robust abrasion-resistance.
At YNOT, we use 1000D, one of the of strongest Cordura’s you can get.
Sure, there are Cordura types with higher denier measures, all the way up to about 1400D, but the added weight of these heavy fabrics simply don’t make up for the marginal gains in durability.
For us, 1000D Cordura is truly the sweetspot. It’s lightweight, yet durable enough to work for any sort of real life application, so the odds of wearing through one of our 1000D Cordura backpacks are low. Like, really low. You could go at with an industrial belt sander if you were so inclined, and it would still take you the better part of a tallcan to get through it (we would know, we tried it).
We make durable bags for durable people, and that’s why we use 1000D Cordura.
We stand behind the durability of our bags, backpacks and accessories. They’re truly built to last a lifetime, and that’s why we can confidently offer a lifetime warranty.
We just thought you’d like to know that.