About this project
While delivering life-saving medicines to remote communities around the world, Kapil Dev Singh realized that his "high-end", waterproof gear was making him sweaty & uncomfortable in the hot & humid conditions. Challenged by the discomfort, and inspired by the zest for life he saw in these communities, Kapil started Mishmi Takin to make gear so breathable that it could work even in high humidity conditions. Since our products BREATHE better even in challenging, rainy and humid environments (like Seattle, London and Tampa), they OUT-PERFORM in other more colder or drier environments also - like in New Hampshire, Utah or Southern California!
Mishmi Takin boots and jackets focus on enhanced user comfort by maximizing air exchange between the inside of the gear and the outside. Ventilation-focused product design, highly breathable, air permeable eVent fabrics, and Vibram Megagrip rubber, give our Footwear and Jackets the power to keep you comfortable in hot, cold, humid, soggy, or any WET conditions … yes, even SWEATY conditions.
Our products are ideal for:
As you may have noticed by now, we have many ways to customize our products to be perfect for each user. Do not feel pressured to choose your specifics right now. Simply claim the shoe or jacket style you want from the perks listed in the sidebar, and after our campaign we will contact you with a survey to determine your exact size and preferences.
Almost all hiking boots (and most shells) on the market today feature a 'Wet System’ solid Polyurethane (PU) membrane. For a 'Wet System’ membrane to start working, the temperature and humidity inside the gear must increase first. The increased humidity inside triggers condensation on PU membrane, which is followed by a 3-step process of absorption, diffusion, and then evaporation to pass through the membrane.
This process is painfully SLOW and makes you feel sweaty before beginning to work. So, even in colder and drier climates there is a period of discomfort before the gear starts to breathe. In rain or high humidity, this process shuts down completely because the humidity inside and outside is the same.
Mishmi Takin uses DRY-SYSTEM membranes and fabrics that are micro-porous and air permeable, resulting in expulsion of water vapor in a single-step. This is supplemented by use of multiple, additional physical ventilation features that enhance air exchange and keep you comfortable. No other hiking footwear or jacket offers this level of breath-ability.
In other words: We breathe even in conditions where others don't!
The critical difference between our technology and traditional waterproof and/or breathable fabrics lies in the millions of microscopic pores built into the eVent proprietary membrane that works instantly to vent water vapor that builds up inside your gear. Because of this Direct Venting™ Technology, and unlike others, you don't need to get sweaty for it to start to work. It’s a 'Dry System' that allows eVent fabrics to be fully waterproof and fully breathable – keeping you dry and comfortable in the widest range of temperatures and conditions.
Developed for the user who frequently encounters slippery surfaces, VIBRAM® Megagrip is suitable for trekking, multisport, fly fishing, as well as all season hiking and travel. It offers an incomparable combination of grip and durability which helps define VIBRAM® Megagrip as the ideal high performance rubber compound for extremely demanding activities such as backpacking, canyoneering, enduro-mountain biking and skate boarding.
Our idea for an outdoor brand grew from our Founder Kapil Dev Singh’s experiences delivering medicines and hiking in his native India as well as Liberia, West Africa. While in the tropical forests of Eastern Himalayas and West Africa, he realized that he couldn’t find boots or outerwear that worked properly in high humidity conditions. After multiple soggy and slippery experiences, he saw an opportunity to create ultra-breathable performance hiking boots designed to perform in tropical conditions. It helps that he’s also an MIT grad.
Kapil was also motivated by a desire to highlight the passion for life and resilience that is often found amidst adversity in the poor parts of the world by promoting health and wellbeing in regions that are not always comfortable and hard to enjoy.
Kapil searched the globe for the best designers and factories, then engineered a product to perform equally well across all wet climates. He knew that no corner could be cut, and every detail had to be perfect. The result is a footwear line Made in Europe from best materials designed to solve the simple problem of staying comfortable when the conditions are at their worst.
We chose our name after a rare goat-antelope found in Eastern Himalayas at the junction of India, China, and Myanmar. Mishmi Takin lives far away from mankind on remote, forested slopes, and many of our original concepts were born in their hometown.
Mishmi Takin inherently have the great traction needed to go up and down the steep slopes, as well as an oily coating on its fur to ward off the rain.
We wanted to bring these little known champions into the spotlight, and also learn from their strengths as we designed our products. In total we have 12 different styles of boots and jackets, which you can view on our website ... WWW.MISHMITAKIN.COM.
We are constantly dreaming about the range of products we would like to bring to you. We are already working on future purpose-built products to target other specific climates. Future shoes could include a “desert runner” designed for speed on sandy surfaces.
We are raising funds to launch the production and distribution of our outdoor gear, so any donation you can make helps a lot! However, sharing our message online, and encouraging your friends & colleagues to view our products can also make a world of difference!
Mishmi Takin is dedicated to making our world a better and healthier place. Mishmi Takin is more than just a brand. It is about finding passion for life in completely unexpected places.
Kapil & Team Mishmi Takin
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Risks and challenges
Our team is comprised of seasoned business professionals, top notch designers and supply chain experts. At this point, our designs are finished and our factories have already gone through multiple cycles of prototypes and samples. The products have gone through rigorous field testing by experienced outdoor enthusiasts & reviewers, and have been refined based on user feedback. We are ready to go into production.
We've been planning this for a while and have mitigated most risks. We'll only ship out products that are 100% ready, but no earlier. That date is Oct 2016.
If something unforeseen happens with our supply chain, we'll be transparent and keep you posted about your order status.
Lastly, our designs and pictures are of samples that represent the final product; however, as we continue to receive your input, we may incorporate subtle updates/enhancements prior to production. If so, any changes will be transparently communicated to all backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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