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About this project

The OktoberFist is the world's first Bavarian-styled beer-drinking glove. It is designed to increase comfort while holding large (or small) beer glasses. An integrated pocket securely holds your cash and cards for easy access in hectic festival situations, and The OktoberFist is as tough as it is handsome. Basically, it's the greatest thing to happen to hands since fingers. 

Inspired by traditional Bavarian folk attire (lederhosen), scaled to hand-size for convenience.  Hold the joy of Oktoberfest in the palm of your hand.
Inspired by traditional Bavarian folk attire (lederhosen), scaled to hand-size for convenience. Hold the joy of Oktoberfest in the palm of your hand.

The OktoberFist was developed and tested in the epic tents of the world's largest beer festival; Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Let's take a look at how it works...

Venn in doubt, consult a diagram.
Venn in doubt, consult a diagram.

First, The OktoberFist has been designed to support your hand and protect your finger when drinking from the large 1-liter beer glass, called a "Maβ" (mass) in german. At 2.35 kg (5.18 lbs) these large glasses can put a lot of pressure on your drinking hand, leading to soreness and bruising. Fortunately, now there's a better way.

Second, the integrated wrist-mounted pocket securely stores your cash, cards, or other drinking related accessories. Now you can quickly access your methods of payment without a cumbersome search through your pants, jacket, or bag. Pay for your drink and get back to the party.

Third, The OktoberFist is high-quality craftsmanship. A refined and modern beer drinking accessory, The OktoberFist is made of durable high quality leather and is expertly stitched together. Attractive and rugged, The OktoberFist is perfect for festivals, parties, or just hanging out having a beer with friends.

The OktoberFist makes a fantastic gift for anybody who loves beer, Okotberfest, or just likes to have a good time. It's the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person (or people) in your life. From birthdays to bachelor parties, give the gift of style and comfort. Give them something they've never seen before. Give gift of The OktoberFist.

We put a lot of hard work into making The OktoberFist something special and unique because we really wanted to have one for ourselves. Upon showing it to others, their reaction was similar; they wanted one too! Thus, we've spent over 2 years perfecting our creation to something we are very proud of and now it's time to bring it to the world. But we need your pledges to achieve critical Maβ to start a large scale production. Luckily we have some great rewards waiting for our backers.

For helping us reach our goal, we want to give you some really good stuff. No t-shirts, stickers, or magnets here. We have something for everybody, and the awesomeness starts at just $1...

All pledges of $1 or more will receive a shout-out on social media, and all pledges of $5 or more will receive a personal video thank you. That means almost every reward is more than one reward. What a deal!

*Note: All toasts for the "Video Thanks" reward will be shot in one sitting. We will drink a toast to every backer in order of amount pledged, ending with those who pledged the most. Things might get "interesting" towards the end but we will try our very best. If you would like us to mention something specific in our toast to you, let us know, and we'll work it in. Alternatively, if you would like us to use an alias, or would simply NOT like to be mentioned in the toast, please let us know. This reward is included with every pledge of $5 or more.

**Note: In "The Bro Down" reward you and a friend will join the creators of The OktoberFist in Munich at the end of September this year. Dates will be coordinated after the campaign closes. You will be responsible for your own transportation to Munich, Germany. For legal reasons you must be over 18 years of age to participate in the Bro Down. 

See the sizing chart below to make sure you get the properly sized OktoberFist. Measure the circumference of your wrist and hand and pick the appropriate size when choosing your reward. And don't forget to specify right or left hand.

One year, after a particularly awesome evening at Munich's Oktoberfest, we realized we had developed a slight drinking problem. No, not that kind of drinking problem.

Pictured: Not actually your uncle.  Not actually fun.
Pictured: Not actually your uncle. Not actually fun.

We were experiencing a soreness in our hands after a long night of lifting the heavy 1-liter beer glasses. With our Ph.D.s in Engineering, years of experience in prototyping and product development, and a love of beer and Oktoberfest, we created the marvel of modern drinking technology you're now reading about.

We've spent hundreds of hours testing The OktoberFist to make sure it performs as needed. It's tough work, but it had to be done.
We've spent hundreds of hours testing The OktoberFist to make sure it performs as needed. It's tough work, but it had to be done.

We have spent 2 years developing and perfecting our creation, and even worked with several professional tailors and a physiotherapist. Add to that hundreds of hours of user testing, and what you have is something very, very unique and special.

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Disclaimer: An incredible amount of work has gone into making the OktoberFist as comfortable as possible. However, we must explicitly state that The OktoberFist is intended for novelty use only. The OktoberFist is not a licensed orthopedic device, and should not be used as one. If you require a supportive device for your wrist and/or hand, please consult a licensed medical professional. Seems obvious, right?

Keywords: Octoberfest, Oktoberfest, Beer, Drinking, Fun, Lederhosen, Hands, Party

Risks and challenges

We've spent the last 2 years perfecting our design, right down to the last millimeter. The OktoberFist has been tested and meets all expectations.

Fulfillment of rewards is always a big risk on Kickstarter, and this project is no exception. A delay in production or missed shipment causes a delay in when our backers get their rewards. However, we've spent 8 months focusing on production to ensure these delays are minimized. We have manufacturers standing by ready to start producing. They've been checked for quality and ability to produce, so we're confident we can meet any volume of support we receive. The risk can never be completely eliminated, but we've done our best to mitigate it as far as possible.

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    BRAGGING RIGHTS

    You will receive a Facebook or Twitter thank you from us, and the personal satisfaction of knowing that you made the world a better place for beer aficionados. Many thanks to you, kind sir or madam, we'll be thinking about you with warmth in our hearts every time we raise a glass. (This reward is also included with all rewards above this amount.)

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    PERSONAL VIDEO THANK YOU

    Every pledge of this amount or more gets a personalized video thank you toast (approx. 10 seconds). We plan on doing all these in one sitting and the more you pledge, the longer and more "creative" the video thank you becomes. (This reward is also included with all rewards above this pledge amount.)

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    LASER-ENGRAVED BOTTLE OPENER

    You will receive a slick-looking pocket-sized bottle opener. Stainless steel with a bronze-color finish, laser-engraved with The OktoberFist logo. Fits right in your pocket or wallet!

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    THE OKTOBERFIST

    You will receive The OktoberFist, hand crafted in dark brown, high quality genuine leather. Choose from right or left hand, sizes small, medium, large, and XL (see sizing chart). Prost!

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    OKTOBERFIST PARTY PACK

    You will receive The OktoberFist like the reward above, plus the laser-engraved bottle opener that fits right in your new wrist-mounted pocket! Genius!

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    CUSTOM LIMITED-EDITION OKTOBERFIST

    You will receive one of a numbered, limited-edition run of The OktoberFist in your choice of color for the leather, stitching, and shirt materials. We'll also laser-engrave your name on the pocket. Only 50 are available!

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    'FIST WITH FRIENDS

    Get 10 OktoberFists to share with your friends or family. Great for a company, team, or bachelor party. We'll even laser-etch a logo/text on all the pockets!

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    THE BRO DOWN

    You and a friend will join the creators of The OktoberFist at our table in Munich for Oktoberfest 2015! Reward includes limo pickup at the airport (or within Munich city limits), 2 nights stay at a hotel, a custom OktoberFist, and refreshments at the festival. Are you ready?
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