A line of clothing that will change the way you travel. No wrinkles. No stains. Quick dry. And it looks damn good.
This is the next generation of travel wear. Gone are the days of stains, wrinkles, soggy clothes, and bulky travel bags.
Adventure Wear will be the one nice shirt you need on your trip. Stains come out, it won’t wrinkle, and it dries quickly, taking you from the boardroom to the barroom and back again.
Where I got the Idea
While staying in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I made friends with several Italian immigrants who, like me, were trying to eke out a living and extend their stay. Some of their friends from Italy came to visit during the Sao Vito festival, which is basically a two month party celebrating all things Italian. Of course, we had to take them out to enjoy the festival. Unfortunately, they would only be there from Monday until Thursday.
Keep in mind, I was traveling, so I only had one nice shirt. I just had to wash it a lot.
We were out all night in typical Brazilian style, drinking wine and watching the sun rise over the water. It was about this time I looked down to realize my clothes were completely ruined. We had left directly from work, and there was no time to change. Now it was time to go to work again, and my clothes were covered in grease, wine, and mud. No way I could go in looking like that. I panicked for about an hour and tried to clean my shirt off. That only made it wet in addition to dirty. Finally I called a friend and borrowed a shirt from him. That morning I was late, and in trouble. That made me think: What if I had a shirt that could match the flexible and unpredictable life of a traveler?
Photo by Bri Pope
I realized that travelers needed something to lighten their load. Something versatile and resilient that could go on as many trips as they did. A shirt that they could wear to work, to the bar, to the Tomatina, whatever, then just wash it off and wear it again the next day.
Pictured: Adventure via Wikipedia
What is it?
Adventure Wear has been in the making for almost a year now. In that time I have worked with several different designers in an attempt to find the perfect fabric: a blend of natural and synthetic fibers to maximize comfort, dry speed, style, and durability. I also researched many different nano washes to find the best stain release and resistant formulas.
Once I brought the fabric and the stain-release formula together, I began testing prototypes to find the perfect blend of fabric and concentration of stain-release to make the best shirt for travelers.
The tests performed include both in-house, controlled tests with specific substances and real life tests. I also gave the shirts to friends who I knew would be doing traveling or other adventurous things so they could give me independent feedback as to how Adventure Wear works in real life. You can see the data table from the tests and their testimonies below.
Our goal at Adventure Wear is to make life easier for travelers and professionals everywhere. Why worry about your nice clothes when you can just ball them up and throw them in your suitcase? Why let grease stains make you change your whole wardrobe?
The shirts are made from a blend of polyester and cotton, which gives them a combination of breathability, durability, and comfort. Applied to the fabric is a stain-release treatment that we have tested both in house and in real world trials to determine how durable the shirts are. See the chart above for exact data.
The design is intended to look good in and out of the office, and keep you comfortable and dry while traveling.
Photo by Greg Bull Photography
With the support of Kickstarter and people like you, we will be able to start manufacturing Adventure Wear full time. This means we will be able to help out travelers all over the world. With your support, we can turn Adventure Wear into a reality. Not only can we start selling from our website, but we can also begin offering our product in retail stores in select countries.
E-Thank you video: We will be working with Evodia Productions again to create a humorous and interesting Thank you video. All backers will receive a copy.
Print: We will be adapting this image into a print to hang on your wall:
The final version will have a sweet color scheme applied.
T-Shirts: The shirts will be made from a ridiculously comfortable cotton blend and have the above image adapted and put on the back. The front will have our Stylized AW logo on the left breast.
Adventure Wear shirts: You get an official Adventure Wear shirt with a serial number sent to your doorstep.
Back Pack: The backpack will come with the above logo on it, so you can show people your truly adventurous nature.
Itinerary: You choose the place and we will use our worldly experience to craft a trip of epic proprtions.
Plane ticket: Unfortunately this is only available to US backers.
"My name is Mike Sotak, and I have had such a good experience with the Adventure Wear prototype that I felt the need to write about the product in detail. As an aerospace engineer in an office environment, wearing a nice shirt and slacks is a staple of the job. However, as a fellow adventurer who finds himself traveling constantly, wandering the city streets all hours of the night, I also need clothing that can keep up with my lifestyle. Similar to the Sao Paulo story, I have found myself transitioning from a night out on the town to an extended conference where I have to look presentable. This is where Adventure Wear truly meets my needs.
Let me relate a personal experience using the first prototype. Several months ago I was called on a last minute business trip to Pasadena, California, only several days after returning from a week long trip in Colorado Springs. I had no clean clothes, and I was to be attending two full days worth of meetings at JPL. Seeing this as a good opportunity to test the prototype, I asked the Adventure Wear team to use the shirt on my trip. Not only did the shirt keep me looking fresh for the conference, but it managed to handle the sweltering California sun as I roamed the streets each night in search of glory: fish tacos, sushi boats, and mojitos. After the conference was over, my physical appearance in Adventure Wear managed to conceal my exhausted mental framework. I look forward to the day when the team can roll out the full Adventure Wear line!"
In the last week, we have received a lot of request from backers overseas for Adventure Wear.
If you want to order from outside of the U.S. please add $16.95 to your pledge amount to cover international shipping fees. If you are ordering from Canada you only need to add 12.95.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 27, 2012.
Jun 27, 2012 - Jul 27, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
An entertaining and adventurous thank you from the Adventure Wear team.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Print with the Adventure Wear logo so you can show people how daring you are.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $30 or more
A super comfortable t-shirt with the Adventure Wear logo on the back and a small logo on the front.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $80 or more
Due to popular demand, I am adding the Women's Adventure Wear to the prizes. We are currently developing it, so there are no pictures, Rest assured that it will look very good, and be perfect for traveling.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $80 or more
Your very own button down shirt from Adventure Wear! If you’re not a traveler (or not a guy: sorry ladies, we do have intentions to launch female options before the end of the year) they are great to give as gifts. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity with the shirt's serial number.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $160 or more
Two pieces of Women's Adventure Wear! Again, no pictures because we are still researching which style works best with our fabric. Expect an update once we get it fully developed!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $160 or more
Not only do you get your very own Adventure Wear shirt, but you can share a second as a gift. That or give yourself a perfect set of options when you travelEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
This is a real hiking backpack. Perfect for mountains, or as a one size fits all bag for traveling around Europe, or Asia, or Africa, or anywhere. It also comes with two Adventure Wear shirts and has the awesome Adventure Wear logo on it!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 pieces of Adventure Wear with certificates of authenticity, a backpack and the print for your wall. We will also send you the itinerary of one of our favorite trips so you can see for yourself.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
Now we’re talking! Two shirts so you can mix and match your Adventurous ensemble, and a plane ticket to anywhere in the US your heart could desire. Not only that, but the well traveled Adventure Wear team will help you come up with a kickass itinerary for your trip.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012