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We're launching the Furnace brand, celebrating the passion of cold water athletes, and developing a dry glove that blows minds.
We're launching the Furnace brand, celebrating the passion of cold water athletes, and developing a dry glove that blows minds.
244 backers pledged $26,156 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome!

We are excited to introduce Furnace, a cold water equipment company based in Portland, Maine. Furnace is dedicated to building a brand that celebrates the passion and dedication of cold water athletes by developing products that keep them warmer, longer.

Furnace was born when co-founder, Sam Palmer, replaced one of his neoprene gloves with an orange latex dish glove, a fleece liner and sealed it with duct tape. He dreamed of keeping his hands lighter and warmer by using air as insulation rather than water used in neoprene gloves. We’ve been prototyping, testing, and refining the Response Dry Gloves ever since.

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This Kickstarter will fund the manufacture of our 2nd generation Response Dry Glove. 

The patent pending second gen Response Dry Glove featuring an integrated bite valve.
The patent pending second gen Response Dry Glove featuring an integrated bite valve.

The RDG2 improves on our original design in following ways:

  • The patent pending bite valve technology will be integrated into the dry glove. The bite valve allows you to blow warm air into your gloves frequently and easily throughout a session.
  • A higher quality Polartec fleece liner glove will be included.
  • The dry glove cuff will better anchor the wetsuit sleeve and prevent cold water from flushing up the arm.
  • Finger volume will be increased for better insulation.
  •  A new tube seal geometry will improve circulation to the hand.

Watch our RDG1 and RDG2 instructional videos to learn how to put on the gloves correctly.

The integrated bite valve allows you to blow in warm air and release cool air easily. Try that with your neoprene gloves.
The integrated bite valve allows you to blow in warm air and release cool air easily. Try that with your neoprene gloves.

Commitment to Craft

Furnace was built by cold-watermen who see an opportunity to make the world's best cold water gear. We've prototyped over a dozen versions of the Response Dry Glove and personally tested them all.
Furnace was built by cold-watermen who see an opportunity to make the world's best cold water gear. We've prototyped over a dozen versions of the Response Dry Glove and personally tested them all.

Commitment to Cold

Furnace understands the commitment of cold water athletes. Whether, surfing, stand-up paddling, or kayaking, having gear designed for the harsh elements is the only option.
Furnace understands the commitment of cold water athletes. Whether, surfing, stand-up paddling, or kayaking, having gear designed for the harsh elements is the only option.

A closer look at the rewards

About the Team:

A MASSIVE thank you to the passionate and talented team that helped me with this campaign. I am deeply honored and grateful.

Herman Mantis Productions: Video wizardry 

Jeremy Parmley: Media gold

Miles Spadone: Design magic

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ADDITIONAL THANKS:

Bennett & Belfort: Contracts

John Branagan: Kickstarter sherpa

Marc Breglio: Internet marketing 

Kevin Brooks: IT master 

Suzanne Hamlin: Business genius 

Travis Hayes: Cold water athlete

Kevin Kayne: Graphics 

Angie Kim: Kickstarter sherpa

Christine Kuta: Patent guru

Maine Technology Institute: Grant support

Media Northeast: Drone footage

Charlotte Redmann: Media gold

Cy Zetterberg: Cold water athlete

Risks and challenges

GLOVE SIZING: The Response Dry Gloves are currently available in mens Large only. Until we can afford to purchase glove molds in several sizes, a more comprehensive size offering will have to wait. Should this Kickstarter push well past our funding target, offering the RDG2 in additional sizes is a top priority.

DELIVERY: We will do our best to deliver your reward on time. Please understand, we're a small team and do all of our own design work, quality inspection, packaging, stocking, shipping, and returns.

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    Furnace Sticker (4" x 2.5")

    Support the brand. Slap a sticker on your wheels, your board, or a road sign!

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    Furnace Beanie

    Keep your dome warm on those brisk trips to and from the water with our heavyweight, chunky rib knit beanie. Serious warmth.

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    Furnace T-Shirt

    Tailored fit, cotton-poly blend. This tee is super soft and proudly displays the Furnace logo. Men's sizes: S M L XL. Women's sizes: S M L

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    Furnace Towel

    Beach season is around the corner and we've got you covered. Pre-order a limited edition, insanely warm, Furnace Beach Towel. Highly water absorbent and fully hemmed for durability. 100% cotton terry velour 35" x 62".

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    Zip Up Hoodie

    There's nothing like putting on a warm hoodie after a cold water session. Unisex M L XL.

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    Response Dry Glove - 1st Generation

    This is the first production model of the RDG. Durable, lighter, superior grip and more sensitive than neoprene. The RDG includes fleece liner gloves. Mens size L only.

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    RESPONSE DRY GLOVE - 2nd Generation

    This is the second production model of the RDG. Durable, lighter, superior grip and more sensitive than neoprene. The RDG2 has an integrated bite valve that allows you to add warm air. The bite valve is a game changer. The RDG2 includes premium fleece liner gloves. Mens size L only.

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    Response Dry Glove - 2nd Generation

    This is the second production model of the RDG. Durable, lighter, superior grip and more sensitive than neoprene. The RDG2 has an integrated bite valve that allows you to add warm air. The bite valve is a game changer. The RDG2 includes premium fleece liner gloves. Mens size L only.

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    The Beanie Bundle: Sweatshirt - Beanie - Sticker

    Keep that head toasty! First the beanie and if that's not enough, flip up your hood for another layer of warmth. Lastly, slap a sticker on your bumper! The beanie bundle saves you $10.

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    The Bundle: Sweatshirt - T-Shirt - Sticker

    Layer up! First the cotton-poly blend t-shirt. Then your warm zip up hoodie. Lastly, slap a sticker on your bumper! The bundle saves you $10.

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    Surf Lesson

    Learn to surf in Maine! Lessons are 1 hour and include a surfboard, wetsuit and Furnace sticker.

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    Private Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

    Take a 2 hour tour of the rugged and beautiful Maine coast. Explore islands, coves, and secluded beaches with a Furnace team member as your guide. Stand-up paddleboard and wetsuit and Furnace sticker included.

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    Furnace edition wooden SUP Paddle by Shaw & Tenney.

    Painstakingly handcrafted by the world's finest wooden paddle makers, this laminated paddle features hand-selected Walnut, Sassafras, and Spruce. An absolute stunner in the water or on a wall.

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Funding period

- (30 days)