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$2,368
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 29 2013 2:18 PM UTC +00:00
$2,368
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
85
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 29 2013 2:18 PM UTC +00:00

About

WHY WOOLERMAN?

Everyone will envy your WOOLERMAN’S – think about it. 

DESIGN: The original cold weather drinking gloves, WOOLERMAN gloves combine the functionality of convertible mittens with the brilliance of an insulated drink holder. The cup holder and mitten are detachable so you can swap them out in a jiff. The neoprene cup holder is designed to keep your beverage cold while the polar fleece lining keeps your hands warm, and the strategically placed sewn-in magnets hold the cup holder and mitten in place when you need your digits. 

QUALITY: WOOLERMAN gloves are made from a high quality wool, elastic, and cotton blend fabric that is durable, washable, and comfortable. The reinforced stitching provides additional strength of construction while the sports zipper uses sturdy "teeth" ideal for frequent use. 

FUNCTIONALITY: WOOLERMAN gloves are the essential outdoor beverage gloves for the weekend and the perfect mittens for everyday use. Use the cup holder at the tailgate, and the mittens on your walk to the office. The thumb pad conveniently allows you to use any touchscreen device. (Read more below in the “Version 1.0 vs Version 2.0” section to learn more). 

SPORTS FAN: I think we can all agree, outdoor sporting events in the winter are unbearable without gloves; we can also agree that outdoor sporting events are more fun with a beverage. Combine the two, and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome accessory. Think of it as a new and fun way to rep your favorite team.

PERFECT GIFT: The ideal gift for friends and family, WOOLERMAN gloves and mittens make great stocking stuffers, and are perfect for your favorite sports fan or outdoors lover. Our gloves come in S/M and L/XL sizes. With your support, our gloves will be designed in several colors and styles, making them the perfect gift for every personality. 

The more contributors, the more color varieties we can produce: EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!

The Tailgater Gloves
The Tailgater Gloves

OUR STORY

Over a year ago, we started WOOLERMAN with the idea of creating a fun and trendy glove that combined a warm mitten with a functional cup holder. The idea was born from our freezing cold hands at outdoor sporting events, made even colder when we were holding a cold beer. 

Since that time, we have spent countless hours (days, months, over a year) engineering and designing the WOOLERMAN gloves, and actually completed a small production run of 4,000 gloves and mittens last winter on our own. We learned a whole lot over that last year, and now we need your support to take our project to the next level. What is the next level you ask?

WHERE WE ARE

DESIGN: We listened to our friends, family, supporters and various customers -and also through our own real-world use - and have redesigned our gloves to be easier to use, more functional, and customizable. (Check out our video, pics, and the rest of our write-up). After months of hard work, we’ve finalized our Production and Spec Sheets and have sent them along to our manufacturer 3 weeks ago.

FINAL PROTOTYPE COMPLETE: We’ve spent the last 4 months working with a local design consultant, Micah, and a local knitter, Alyssa, who have been AWESOME. Together we have measured, sketched, sewn, re-sewn, re-measured, cried a little, thrown things, and worked through all of the kinks in order to get the sizing and functionality perfect.These efforts have resulted in a much improved design and a completely streamlined process. 

PRODUCTION: Last year we spent an extensive amount of time researching manufacturers and went through a rigorous sample production process to nail down our manufacturer. We have a great relationship with our existing manufacturer now, who has been vetted for their superior quality and ability to deliver large-scale volumes on time. (Please see THE PLAN below for our Production Schedule)

QUALITY & COST: We’ve partnered up with a large sourcing agent that has nearly 30 years of experience in sourcing, quality control, product engineering, and manufacturing. We've negotiated costs and have ensured that our manufacturer adheres to strict quality standards and industry best practices.

We envision our WOOLERMAN mittens as a high quality accessory that mixes fun and functionality for any cold weather event from football tailgates to camping to outdoor concerts.

Version 2.0 Woolerman Drinking Glove
Version 2.0 Woolerman Drinking Glove

WHY WE NEED YOU

We’ve spent the last year and a significant amount of our own personal capital in product development to get WOOLERMAN to this point. We are prepared to submit a full-scale production run once our funding goal is met. Over the past year, we have gained valuable experience in sourcing, manufacturing and fulfillment of our products. Point being, we’ve been through this process before and are confident we can handle it again. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

The funds raised will be used to produce the WOOLERMAN 2.0 gloves and mittens in a variety of color options. At our $25,000 goal, we can manufacture our 7 initial designs shown below. At every additional $25,000 increment we will add 3 new sports team colors which will be voted on by you, our supporters (see our chart in the Rewards section). That means more fanfare, more teams, more options for you. The funds will help with the costs associated with mass-producing our project and will allow WOOLERMAN to move forward making great products for our customers.

VERSION 1.0 vs VERSION 2.0: WHAT'S CHANGED?

The WOOLERMAN version 1.0 gloves and mittens represent our first prototype version and includes a wool/acrylic blend designed to be warm and comfortable while also able to be laundered without "felting".

Version 2.0 is sewn from a more durable cotton/wool blend with about 1.0% elastic composite. This new composition keeps your hands just as warm, however the cotton blend is far more durable providing many years of life for your gloves. And you're still able to toss them in the washing machine.

A key feature of our WOOLERMAN gloves is the CONVERTIBLE cup holder that unfolds to allow your fingers to be free - just like convertible mittens on the market. Let's face it, winter gloves are huge and clumsy, and chances are you won't be sending a text or snapping a pic at the tailgate with those monstrosities on.

Version 2.0 takes this concept one step further and now includes a highly durable zipper hinge allowing the cup holder to un-zip and completely DETACH from the glove - by far our favorite improvement. This gives you the ability to remove the cup holder in literally a second and either move to your opposing hand, replace with a mitten cover, replace with a different color, or just simply leave off for your fingers to get some fresh air. Cup holder at the game; mittens for your walk to work.

Another awesome improvement from version 1.0 is the new sew-in magnets replacing the button and eye loop closure. This allows the cup holder or mitten to fold back and magnetize to the back of your hand. An awesome improvement.

In our Version 2.0 gloves, we've added Neoprene lining in the cup holder to keep your drinks colder, longer, and to keep moisture away from your fingers.

Blue & Yellow/Gold - Michigan and/or South Bend
Blue & Yellow/Gold - Michigan and/or South Bend
 
Green & Yellow/Gold - Green Bay and/or Oregon
Green & Yellow/Gold - Green Bay and/or Oregon
Red, White, & Blue - New York, New England, and/or Buffalo
Red, White, & Blue - New York, New England, and/or Buffalo
 
Black & Yellow/Gold - Pittsburgh and/or Iowa
Black & Yellow/Gold - Pittsburgh and/or Iowa
 
Red, Grey & White - The State of Ohio, Nebraska, and/or Oklahoma
Red, Grey & White - The State of Ohio, Nebraska, and/or Oklahoma

REWARD & STRETCH GOALS

(Please note that the gloves will be available in medium & large sizes.  Also, the drink cup holder is interchangeable between the right and left hand)

 

THE PLAN

We have already completed our design, a final working prototype and selected our manufacturer. Using our past experience manufacturing gloves, we have established a phenomenal team consisting of Jason (Production), Todd (Production), Micah (Design), Global Sourcing Solutions (Sourcing Agent) and our existing manufacturer.

We can't  wait to get our gloves onto your hands so we've developed the following accelerated game plan:

Risks and challenges

Since WOOLERMAN is not a new company and has already produced gloves, we have a lower level of risk than most new start-ups. This is where our experience comes in. We have carefully planned each step and have lined up the best possible manufacturing, quality control, and fulfillment partners in order to deliver on time and at the highest standards of quality.

Like any good relationship, we know that open communication and transparency is the key to an awesome and fun project. While unforeseen issues can always arise, our experience last year has prepared us and we are ready to execute. And if we do run into any problems along the way, our backers will be the first to know!

We pride ourselves in providing great customer service and promise to communicate frequently and openly with you, so please support this project with confidence.

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    WOOLERMAN VERSION 1.0 - EARLY BIRD: You'll get your choice of 1 pair of the Version 1.0 Prototype WOOLERMAN drinking glove in the color of your choice (Black or Grey only). USPS First Class shipping included within the USA (please add $15 to ship internationally)

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    WOOLERMAN VERSION 2.0 - EARLY BIRD: You'll get your choice of 1 pair of the Version 2.0 WOOLERMAN drinking gloves in the color of your choice. USPS First Class shipping included within the USA (please add $15 to ship internationally)

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    WOOLERMAN VERSION 2.0: You'll get your choice of 1 pair of the Version 2.0 WOOLERMAN drinking gloves in the color of your choice. USPS First Class shipping included within the USA (please add $15 to ship internationally)

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    GAME DAY PACK: Our largest contribution level, contributors at this level will receive a trip for two to a regular season game of their choice*. Please see the details in our Frequently Asked Questions below. This reward also includes exclusive membership on WOOLERMAN's Advisory Board and your choice of 1 pair of the Version 2.0 WOOLERMAN drinking gloves in the color of your choice (and your company logo if you choose).

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