About this project
What is Smart Parka?
We believe that going out in winter should not be intimidating. It should be fun. We found a real problem with winter coats. If the weather turns bad, and you don't have your gloves or anything to cover your face, you are not protected.
Smart Parka is the first winter coat ever with built in gloves, a built in scarf, a removable lining for extra cold days and an extension to turn your hip-length parka into a mid-length coat.
How much does it cost?
We think it's just fair that we reward those who help us make it happen.
What styles do these coats come in?
Smart Parka comes in 4 different styles for women and 3 different styles for men. We have something to fit every personality.
Take a look at Smart Parka styles
Check out each of our styles for men and women and the colors available.
Some Great Features of SMART PARKA
Super soft yet water resistant leather gloves with the thinnest and warmest insulation. Designed specifically for Smart Parka, the gloves tuck neatly inside the zippered pockets in the coat's sleeves.
Built-in scarf to cover you up when the wind suddenly starts to howl.
Tablet pocket designed to comfortably fit an iPad, can hold onto most tablets, clutch, notebook etc.
Glasses pocket to keep your reading glasses, sunglasses, or ski goggles safe and handy.
Coat extension gives you extra length for particularly cold days or a winter night out in a nice dress.
Removable interior layer makes the coat adaptable to different temperatures, so you can be comfortable every day of the winter season. Duplicate pockets on each layer means that the coat's functionality is never compromised.
Phone Pocket keeps your phone safely close at hand while supporting your headphones to offer a seamless connection.
Hat pocket lets you stash your toque (as we call them in Canada), belaclava, ski hat, cossack, trapper, etc.
Tracker tag pocket inside the coat fits most commercial tracker tags so that you can locate your coat if you've left it somewhere or when you're scrambling to get out the door.
Water resistant exterior protects you from the wetter elements and drivers who can't be bothered to slow down for puddles.
Hand warming fleece pockets for extra comfort.
Heavy-duty, YKK® zipper
Fill : White Duck Down (inner lining), Synthetic Insulation (outer and gloves)
Fur : Faux fur
IMPORTANT: All features are available in all the models with the two exceptions
a. There is no extension for the Bomber (Men and Women)
b. There is no removable lining for the Vogue (Women)
The Bomber's design excludes an extension and the Vogue (Women) has an integrated inner layer already.
ULTIMATE QUALITY MATERIALS:
Coats made for serious weather need serious materials. We've chosen the sturdiest hardware and fabrics with the ideal balance between luxurious feel and durability.
If you do not absolutely love your coat, just return it within two weeks and get a full refund of your pledge minus shipping and handling. No questions asked.
We are happy to exchange your coat for any reason. Just return your Smart Parka plus the shipping fee and we will send you another one right away.
WHAT IS MY SIZE?
The Bomber is a "relaxed fit" mode. The rest of the models are slim to average fit. You will be told which popular brands they are most comparable to at the time of the survey. We will also send you detailed sizing charts to help you choose the right size before the survey.
Video credits Background music: "Rite of Passage" by Kevin MacLeod
Risks and challenges
The coats you are seeing are complete but still prototypes, you can expect the final product to be even more polished. In particular, we are adding thumb holes to the elastic cuffs to make them available for use as half gloves and moving the glasses pocket to the exterior side of the zipper to allow for access without opening the coat.
After rigorously testing every element of the coats, we have decided to move the position of the scarf opening and increase the size of the hat pocket for added comfort. Our final product may have a better position/size for the scarf and hat pocket. The tracker tag pocket will be a closed pocket.
We want to under-promise and over deliver. We will do our best to ship you your Smart Parka before the estimated delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Smart Parka is made in two layers. The outer layer can be worn in normal winter temperatures in most parts of North America. The coat's inner lining can be attached in extreme weather.
North Aware uses a proprietary synthetic insulation in the outer shell and white duck down (10% feather) in the inner lining. Duck down, despite being very warm and light, absorbs moisture and loses many of its insulating properties when wet. Therefore we used synthetic insulation in the outer shell. In extreme conditions, attach the inner down-filled lining for more warmth.
These coats are dry clean only.
We use our own proprietary fabric for outer shell that is breathable and water resistant.
Women Classic features a thinner and silkier fabric. Women Expedition has a more sturdy and thicker fabric, which is more common in traditional parkas. Additionally, there are differences in design such as additional outer pockets on the Classic.
Classic for Men and Vogue for Men are very similar and both incorporate all the "smart" features, with the difference being in the design elements. The Vogue features leather accents and a contemporary design, which makes you stand out. The Classic embodies a more traditional look, suited for a professional setting.
All our coats come with faux fur. Because the fur hood lining is removable, you can also choose to leave it off altogether.
The coats are designed in Canada and we hope to manufacture them here too. If we get Kickstarter pledges for at least 7,000 coats, they will be "Made in Canada." If our pledges are fewer than that, the parkas will be manufactured in Vietnam. No matter where our coats are made, the high standards we have set for the North Aware Smart Parka will not be compromised.
Yes. Our only coat with leather trim is the Vogue for men model. To exclude the parka's leather gloves, choose the "no gloves" option when placing your order. You can also ask us not to include the inner lining to avoid duck down (please note that this will make the coat less warm in extreme weather).
There coats come with 10-year warranty against manufacturing, materials and workmanship defects.
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