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David ReyesBy David Reyes
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David ReyesBy David Reyes
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$1,318
pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 6 2014 8:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

WETGEAR a New Innovated Water Sports Apparel Company out of California and the Originator of the World’s First Walkable Flipper aka the "RIPFLIP".

The purpose of this campaign is to raise enough money to tool up with developing the cast molds(OUTSOLE and MID-SOLE BLADE) for the injection mold process which is the Mid-Sole Blade; Vulcanizing (fusing) the 3mm Neoprene and VIBRAM outsole. 

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VISION and SOLUTION

EVOLUTION of the RIPFLIP

In 2007 while on a day playing at a local river it dawned on me that no water footwear existed that I knew of that would enable to enter the water and swim and also allow me to walk out the water in the same water footwear product. Within an hour I was blessed with the visionary solution and put my vision in motion and worked on a mockup prototype to see if in fact my concept worked, and low and behold it did. After coming up with a cool design and some R&D, I filed for a design patent in 2007 and was granted my Patent in 2009. I spent a significant amount of time and money developing the RIPFLIP and finally presented my product at last year’s Las Vegas DEMA trade show in November, followed by this year’s Orlando’s SURF Expo in January. Needless to say the RIPFLIP made a splash at both shows. Some of the compliments on the RIPFLIP were quotes such as clever, brilliant, awesome and ingenious. I was approached by the U.S. Navy seals and Special Forces with interest in using the RIPFLIP for their dive and rescue operations along with numerous Fire Dept.'s. from across the nation for dive and rescue as well. The wide range of applications the RIPFLIP provides makes it such a cool unique product that allows you to walk, run, climb and of course swim. The RIPFLIP was created for the occasional recreation water sports user to the more extreme water sports enthusiast, as well as hunters and fishermen. Quite frankly it’s the most versatile footwear product in the world. Here’s where it even gets better, WETGEAR partnered up with VIBRAM who makes the FIVE FINGER TOE shoe and is focused on manufacturing the sole EXCLUSIVELY for WETGEAR and the RIPFLIP to provide better grip, but ultimately providing a brand and quality presence. This current RIPFLIP model is a prototype, however the first production samples with the new VIBRAM grip sole will be available in December. View the latest RIPFLIP model with VIBRAM sole below.

WETGEAR will also piggyback the RIPFLIP with a full line of beachwear apparel. Our goal is to compete with the BIG boys... O'Neill, Billabong, Quicksilver to name a few. Our goal is to provide a cool unique quality product with a true connection with our demographic at an affordable cost!

One of the first drafts of the RIPFLIP
One of the first drafts of the RIPFLIP
A more advanced draft image of the RIPFLIP
A more advanced draft image of the RIPFLIP

 The first RIPFLIP prototypes...wow! How far it's come along!

Second generation RIPFLIP prototypes...great improvement!
Second generation RIPFLIP prototypes...great improvement!

Here it is.....Finally!!! The latest RIPFLIP has a wider and slightly longer fin blade for increased  propulsion in the water while still giving you the ability to comfortably walk and run, providing ultimate performance! There's NOTHING like it ANYWHERE!

The RIPFLIP with VIBRAM super grip sole!
The RIPFLIP with VIBRAM super grip sole!

TRADE SHOWS

I've spent a significant amount of time and money developing the RIPFLIP traveling to different countries figuring out the most cost effective way to develop what you now see. I presented my product at last year’s Las Vegas DEMA trade show in November 2012, followed by this year’s Orlando Florida's SURF EXPO in January 2013. Needless to say the RIPFLIP made a splash at both shows. Some of the compliments on the RIPFLIP were quotes such as clever, brilliant, awesome and ingenious. WETGEAR was also recognized for "some of the best, most interesting and useful gear." http://californiadiver.com/great-new-gear-an-update-from-the-dema-show

 DIVE and RESCUE

  • The U.S. Navy seals and Special Forces have interest in using the RIPFLIP for their dive and rescue operations. 
  • Fire departments across the U.S. have great interest in the RIPFLIP for dive and rescue.

VERSATILITY

The wide range of applications the RIPFLIP provides makes it such a cool unique product that allows you to walk, run, climb and of course swim. The RIPFLIP was created for the occasional recreation water sports user to the more extreme water sports enthusiast, as well as hunters and fishermen.

 

VIBRAM

Here’s where it even gets better, WETGEAR partnered up with VIBRAM who makes the FIVE FINGERS shoe and is worldwide renowned for its products. VIBRAM sole enable safe and confident passage over a variety challenging terrain.

*CLICK* the above logo and go to FIVEFINGERS.com to find out more about VIBRAM. VIBRAM is focused on manufacturing the SUPER GRIP sole EXCLUSIVELY for WETGEAR providing better grip and ultimately bringing a BRAND and QUALITY presence to the RIPFLIP. The first production sample with the new VIBRAM grip sole is currently being developed and should be completed by end of January this month.

Vibram XS trek RIPFLIP
Vibram XS trek RIPFLIP

APPAREL

WETGEAR will also piggyback the RIPFLIP with a full line of men’s, women and kids apparel using the industries best cutting edge materials to produce the absolute state of the art "NO HYPE" products.

WETGEAR introduction line of apparel
WETGEAR introduction line of apparel

 REWARDS

WETGEAR BACKER REWARDS
WETGEAR BACKER REWARDS

Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING:
VIBRAM USA will produce the Outsole Custom Designed Patented Rubber"Super Grip Sole" Exclusively for the WETGEAR RIPFLIP.

SHEICO LTD. from Taiwan, a major manufacturer of Neoprene products is manufacturing the RIPFLIP Neoprene sock. SHEICO manufactures WETSUITS and SURF BOOTS for O'NEILL, BILLABONG, QUICKSILVER and RIPCURL just to name a few. They are a very reliable source without question. I was introduced to SHEICO thru Greg Clark / Product Development Mgr.of O'NEILL out of Santa Cruz. How cool is that!

SHERWOOD MFG. out of Guangdong, China is responsible for the INJECTION MOLD process VULCANIZING the 3 components:
NEOPRENE SOCK, VIBRAM RUBBER OUTSOLE and INJECTED POLYURETHANE MID-SOLE/ FIN BLADE. This process is currently in place and the first RIPFLIP samples in size 11 are being developed. SHERWOOD MFG. is a very well established manufacturer of Athletic and Men's Dress & Casual Shoes for BOSTONIAN and ZAPPOS.

SHERWOOD MFG.recently just finished making a first production sample as shown in upper photo..
A few minor adjustments are still needed i.e... (colored sole rubber lugs/pods) I expect the revised sample by end of Dec. 2013. Once the RIPFLIP production sample is finalized, I will ship the requested production RIPFLIP samples to the prospective WETGEAR buyers and negotiate purchase orders based on quantity.

DISTRIBUTION:
I David Reyes, Founder of WETGEAR have traveled halfway across the world establishing distribution sources in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, Brazil, Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada, and Puerto Rico. I've also developed domestic distribution sources with Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, Dick's Sports, Sports Chalet and many Surf and Dive shops across the globe who have all shown serious interest in buying and distributing the RIPFLIP. They're all waiting on RIPFLIP samples!

WETGEAR is also currently working with the UNIVERSITY of OREGON to sell the RIPFLIP in the On Campus DUCK store!! How exciting is that!

The United States Special Forces and United States NAVY SEALS are both very interested in the RIPFLIP for their DIVE AND RESCUE OPS.
VIBRAM has a STRONG RELATIONSHIP already in place with the U.S. MILITARY as they manufacture many of the current soles on the U.S. MILITARY'S BOOT products.

WETGEAR apparel has been in the R&D phase for over a year with production samples of Board Shorts (Elastane 4-way Stretch), Beach/Walking Shorts, Rash Guards, Dry-Fit T-Shirts, Hoodies, Women's Bikinis, Women's Tank Tops and T's, Men's Tank Tops, Hats(Snap Backs, 59Fifty Fitted, 39Thirty and 210 FlexFit and Military Style), All apparel REWARDS will be completed and ready for shipment by JUNE 2104.

WETGEAR is also prepared to sell all products online thru our website: thewetgear.com as well as establishing an AMAZON store.

Warehousing is already in place once orders are placed. Locations will be in California...Long Beach, Southern California and Alameda, Northern California

WE'RE ALMOST THERE!!!

In order to fulfill all sizes: Men, Women and Kids... WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PRODUCE THE REMAINDER OF MOLDS FOR ALL SIZES!!!

If we fulfill are goal here with KICKSTARTER we can then order the remaining CAST MOLDS for the injected MID-SOLE fro SHERWOOD MFG.and VIBRAM OUTSOLE MOLDS with SUPER GRIP SOLE from VIBRAM USA.

DELIVERY TIME:
The process time to produce all the RIPFLIP MOLDS is roughly 5 to 6 weeks. Putting production at the end of February 2014. Once the MOLDS are completed and ready for production, the process to make the RIPFLIP and fulfill those particular REWARD levels will take approximately 6 weeks. That will put delivery time around mid-April 2014. Shipping will take another 4-6 weeks ocean freight due to large quantity to our warehouses in California USA.. You will receive the RIPFLIP along with any other apparel REWARDS near the end of JUNE 2014 to Early JULY 2014 depending on where you reside.

AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT WITH HELPING FULFILL A DREAM!!!

With sincere gratitude,
David Reyes
Founder
WETGEAR

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    At this level you'll receive an EXCLUSIVE pair of RIPFLIP's in limited colors via ONLY thru KICKSTARTER campaign!
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    At this level you'll receive a VIP invite and airfare to the WETGEAR Launch Party in Las Vegas!! Via ONLY thru the KICKSTARTER campaign! Also, be a part of a new design project for WETGEAR 2015 model via ONLY thru KICKSTARTER campaign (Plus all previous Rewards)

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