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Using NASA space suit technology, Lukla brings you the Endeavour- the thinnest, warmest, and most breathable jacket of its kind.
Using NASA space suit technology, Lukla brings you the Endeavour- the thinnest, warmest, and most breathable jacket of its kind.
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906 backers pledged $319,320 to help bring this project to life.

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A 21st Century Jacket? Yes!

Regular winter jackets are boring. They're bulky and you have to wear multiple layers under them to stay warm.  What if you could wear a thin winter jacket with no layers and be perfectly warm in even the MOST EXTREME temperatures? Using the same insulation technology NASA uses in their space suits, the Lukla Endeavour Jacket gives you just that.

What makes our jackets special?

We use a little something called aerogel to keep you warm. Aerogel, in geek terminology, is the lowest thermal conductive solid on the planet. Put simply, that means aerogel is the best insulator in existence!

Aerogel
Aerogel

Today, aerogel is used by NASA as insulation in their space suits. It can trap space dust on space shuttles, de-ice aircrafts, and insulate some of the coldest oil pipelines in the world.

Aerogel is also very light. In fact, it would take 150 brick-sized pieces of aerogel to weigh as much as a single gallon of water!

So what does all this mean? When you invest in an Endeavour jacket, you get a thin and warm garment that even the astronauts would be proud of.

Check out the whole video of Robert "Hoot" Gibson!

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Jacket Features:

But that's not all…

Need some inspiration for your next adventure? Fuel up on our motto, printed clearly on every jacket!

Men's (left) & Women's (right)
Men's (left) & Women's (right)

 Need an adjustable & removable large hood to support a helmet?

REWARDS:

Each pledge amount corresponds with a landmark found along the path to the summit of Mt. Everest. THANK YOU for your support no matter which landmark you reach. Every bit of help brings the Endeavour series closer to reality.
Each pledge amount corresponds with a landmark found along the path to the summit of Mt. Everest. THANK YOU for your support no matter which landmark you reach. Every bit of help brings the Endeavour series closer to reality.

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 Thin:

No bulk. No layers. Just adventure.
No bulk. No layers. Just adventure.

 Warm:

Don't let the frostbite bite. Our aerogel will keep you warm, even if you tackle temperatures well below freezing!
Don't let the frostbite bite. Our aerogel will keep you warm, even if you tackle temperatures well below freezing!

Stylish & Athletic Fit:

Stylish enough for your everyday adventures and athletic enough for your wildest ones.
Stylish enough for your everyday adventures and athletic enough for your wildest ones.

Adjustable & Removable Over-Sized Hood:

No snow or rain in the forecast? No need to cover a helmet? Easily unzip and remove the hood to continue on your adventure.
No snow or rain in the forecast? No need to cover a helmet? Easily unzip and remove the hood to continue on your adventure.

 Pit Zips:

Extra steamy? Use the pit zips to cool down without having to remove your jacket!
Extra steamy? Use the pit zips to cool down without having to remove your jacket!

Adjustable Powder Skirt:

Keep the snow on the slopes and out of your jacket by buttoning up the powder skirt!
Keep the snow on the slopes and out of your jacket by buttoning up the powder skirt!

Plenty of Pocket Space:

With 6 exterior and 2 interior pockets, the Endeavour has plenty of pocket space no matter what the adventure calls for!
With 6 exterior and 2 interior pockets, the Endeavour has plenty of pocket space no matter what the adventure calls for!

Heat Sealed Seams & Waterproof Zippers:

Our pockets keep your stuff from getting wet when you embrace the elements.
Our pockets keep your stuff from getting wet when you embrace the elements.

THE STORY:

The Lukla team is made up of members who have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for adventure. Members of our team have developed therapeutic treatments for cancer, discovered detection methods for atrial fibrillation, and studied matrix metalloproteinases (yeah, we think it’s a big word too). We've run with the bulls in Spain, scaled mountains in the Swiss Alps, skied throughout the French Alps, windsurfed in Hawaii, and downhill mountain biked in the good ole’ U.S. of A. Uniting our love of science with our desire for adventure, we created Lukla apparel, the 21st century outerwear.

WHY DO WE MAKE OUR OUTERWEAR?

Science gets a bad rap. Many believe science can't be sexy. Well, we at Lukla think otherwise. We appreciate the flowing locks of Albert Einstein and find talks on epigenetics to be stimulating. We believe in challenging the status quo and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Using the same technology applied by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) as insulation in their space suits, we made outerwear slimmer, warmer and sexier. Besides, it's the 21st century. Aren't we beyond wrapping ourselves in animal furs and goose feathers? 

LUKLA?

Lukla comes from the name of a small village in Northeast Nepal where many adventurers begin their summit of Mt. Everest. To the Lukla Team, the name Lukla resembles the great hunger within man to respond to the challenge of adventure and to go out and meet it.

ENDEAVOUR?

The Lukla Endeavour Series is named to honor the Space Shuttle Endeavour that was commanded by our favorite astronaut and Lukla supporter Capt. Robert "Hoot" Gibson. Hoot and Endeavour were deployed in the fall of 1992 to study materials and life sciences in microgravity. By combining the love of science as well as the thrill of adventure, the Endeavour mission embodies the Lukla philosophy. 

WHAT'S NEXT? 

Our team consists of experts in industries ranging from fashion and design to apparel and aerogel engineering. 

We are all here to make sure the Endeavour lives up to its name and you get your Endeavour on time.

Here is our plan to achieve that:

March/April: Make tons of new Kickstarter buddies, finalize the engineering and prototyping iterations, quality assurance, product validation

April-July: Procurement of raw materials and components, shipping of aerogel to apparel manufacturer, begin manufacturing

July-October: Conclude manufacturing, shipping of finalized product to distributor

October/November: Delivery of jackets to Kickstarter friends and fulfillment of rewards!

SIZING GUIDE:

 New sizing guide!! 

To order Sizes XXL or XXXL, you must pledge $15 above the pledge tier amount! 

Risks and challenges

No one likes to see a great opportunity wasted. The Lukla team has worked extremely hard to get Endeavour ready for Kickstarter and full-scale production, but here are the risks:

MANUFACTURING: Our aerogel and apparel manufacturers are working with large lead times and small manufacturing periods. No matter how much expertise and experience you have, this creates a stressful work environment. To minimize delays on the manufacturing end, we've worked out lead times and manufacturing periods between the aerogel and apparel manufacturers to make for a smooth transition of products, leaving a little extra time just in case.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the Endeavour gets geared up for production, some minor adjustments may be made to best meet your needs. Prototypes will be put through rigorous durability and breathability tests to find what best benefits you. These tests may result in slight modifications of the Endeavour design.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things get a little crazy: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay in delivery. To minimize such setbacks, we will be working with suppliers and manufacturers who have a history of delivering excellent products in large quantities.

No doubt there will be some bumps along the road, but any obstacles will be tackled by combining our knowledge of the product with the suppliers' and manufacturers' experience to bring you, the Lukla Endeavour customer, the most awesome jacket you've ever seen.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Become a part of the Lukla team by backing our project or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

It's time to cut the bulk, unlayer your boundaries, and kickstart your next adventure!

Video Credit: Marc & Ailsa Smith and Katherine Papera

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    LUKLA: This is the starting point for each adventurer who dares to climb the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest. It's also the starting point in supporting our journey as a company.

    For this pledge, receive our ETERNAL THANKS for your support and stay updated with our progress!

    BONUS: We will write your name in our own personal jackets so we can always remember your support!

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    BASE CAMP: Congratulations, you've taken the first step on your journey to summit Everest!

    For this pledge, you receive a Lukla logo VINYL STICKER to put on your skis, laptop, car, board, or wherever else!

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    KHUMBU ICEFALL: This Icefall is the first of many dangerous and beautiful points along your ascent.

    For this pledge, you will get a Lukla VINYL STICKER and a limited edition Lukla T-SHIRT.

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    CAMP I: As you climb higher, temperatures get colder. Don't let the fear of frostbite immobilize you.

    For this pledge, you get a VINYL STICKER, a Lukla T-SHIRT, and a Lukla TRUCKER HAT.

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    CAMP II (EARLY BIRD): You're climbing faster than the rest and it's true the Early bird gets the worm.

    For this pledge, you'll receive your very own ENDEAVOUR JACKET at an EARLY BIRD PRICE, reserved for our EARLIEST supporters!

    (Suggested Retail: $500 per Lukla Endeavour Jacket)

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    Holiday Special: National Walk in the Park Day

    What better way to celebrate National Walk in the Park Day than by pledging for an Endeavour jacket in anticipation of your next walk in the park?

    Get outside. Do something adventurous. And Pledge for your own Endeavour.

    For this pledge, you get ONE Lukla ENDEAVOUR JACKET!

    (Suggested Retail: $500 per Lukla Endeavour Jacket)

    Remember-- pledge an additional $15 for Men's sizes XXL & XXXL

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    CAMP II (NORMAL): You've made it about halfway! The stakes are high, but so are the rewards.

    For this pledge, you get ONE Lukla ENDEAVOUR JACKET!

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    CAMP III: Given the most perilous conditions scaling steep glacial walls, adventurers must be in constant communication to reach this camp safely.

    This pledge will get you an Endeavour jacket along with connecting with a member of the Lukla team for TWO THIRTY MINUTE Skype sessions, phone calls, or whatever. Our first believers hold a special place in our hearts so we'd like to personally thank you for your support!

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    ADDITIONAL NUPTSE: The best things in life are meant to be shared. Views from this dramatic peak are no exception. Outfit yourself and a friend in our wearable NASA tech.

    For your incredible support, we're sending you TWO Endeavour jackets!

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    NUPTSE: The best things in life are meant to be shared. Views from this dramatic peak are no exception. Outfit yourself and a friend in our wearable NASA tech.

    For your incredible support, we're sending you TWO Endeavour jackets!

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    CAMP IV: This is the last camp on your journey. The summit is in sight, and we've almost reached our goal.

    For this pledge amount, we're sending you FIVE Lukla Endeavour Series jackets. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you!

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    SUMMIT: If you've reached this point, you are the ultimate adventurer.

    We'd like to THANK YOU ten times over by providing you with TEN Endeavour jackets!

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    ADDITIONAL SUMMIT: If you've reached this point, you are the ultimate adventurer.

    We'd like to THANK YOU ten times over by providing you with TEN Endeavour jackets!

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