About this project
Believe in a Better Journey.
Our philosophy isn’t for everybody. It’s about more than fixing a problem with a pair of workout shorts. It’s a belief that your journey deserves proper attention—a belief that it’s time to inject each day with imagination. We're gunslingers and dream chasers. Not bystanders. We believe in designing a better journey. That’s a philosophy. Not just a pair of shorts.
Biceps are for lifting and tattoos—not armbands. Armbands hold your phone hostage and get in the way. You need access to your apps, music, and messages. Changing music, sending a text, or logging workouts should be simple. Armbands, hand-bands, and belts don't offer easy access. Kippo shorts keep your phone accessible and secure. Plus, you have one less thing to locate before you get going with your workout. That old armband can continue collecting dust in the junk drawer.
If you run with GPS tracking apps, a Kippo pocket is the perfect place for your iPhone or any smartphone. A running armband can't compete because, in addition to a swing-free experience, the Kippo pocket keeps your device accessible in case you want to look at your blazing speed.
Don't worry about your phone getting sweaty. The fabric we used for Kippo™ shorts wicks away moisture. Plus, there is a full layer of protective, breathable 6.9-ounce material between your skin and your device. In all our testing we never had a single issue with smartphones getting sweaty. Just don’t jump in the pool.
The Story on Our Pockets.
Kippo shorts feature a total of two pockets. One is a standard pocket (left side of the garment). The other is our patent-pending Kippo smartphone pocket which is located on the right. Just so you know, we value southpaws and hope to rollout a lefty version of Kippo shorts in the future.
Let's Talk Comfort.
You might be wondering about comfort. Wonder no more. Kippo shorts are made with a high-quality custom-weight Ponte De Roma. They're comfortable and free-moving. Like many high-end athletic shorts, we chose polyester for its comfort, breathability, and stretch. You’re not investing in a cheap, throwaway pair of trunks. Kippo shorts deliver comfort and function in a classic style.
Choose from Two Versatile Styles.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is funded, you can choose from two distinct styles. The dark gray fabric complements almost any shirt (black, blue, red, gold, white, green, orange, etc.). We wanted to offer colors that go with your existing shirts and shoes so there's no extra gear to buy. Kippo shorts will come in small, medium, large, and extra large.
If you're a retailer who would like to try Kippo shorts, pledge $1,000 and receive 25 pairs.
For $25 you get a great feeling men's tri-blend t-shirt. We're going with a simple design that features the Kippo logo just above your heart.
Handstand Testing Kippo Shorts.
Casey Finley (below) placed 7th on American Ninja Warrior. He knows a thing or two about being upside-down. We had him test Kippo shorts and while holding a handstand longer than seemed possible, the iPhone 6 never moved.
Like Casey, you often find yourself in interesting situations. We understand. Should you find yourself upside down (again), Kippo shorts keep your device from falling out. It seems like a simple design. And it is. Yet it's remarkable that once you're back on your feet your smartphone is easy to access.
Fits Most Phones. Built for iPhone 6 and Samsung S5.
Will my phone fit?
Most likely your phone will fit. The Kippo pocket is designed for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5/4/3 and devices of a similar size. If you have a bulky case, you'll be fine—standard cases fit best. Also, Mark still has an iPhone 5S and it works great with Kippo shorts. Keep reading if you carry a larger phablet-style smartphone.
Is my iPhone 6 Plus (or other phablet) going to fit?
Yes. It’s going to be tighter. Most phablets like the iPhone 6 Plus will fit, as long as it doesn’t have a gigantic case. The phablet will likely peek out the top of the pocket, but Kippo shorts will keep your device secure (and accessible). The shorts are designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5/4/3 and similar sized phones. Functionality is maximized when a smartphone is 100% inside the pocket.
How Good Will I Look?
You're an attractive person. We think you'll make Kippo shorts look their best. We gave them a modern cut. There's no unnecessary material. Unnecessary material is for blouses. You don't wear blouses.
Structure and materials make a difference in how a garment feels against your body. Kippo shorts feel incredible. And while they'll never be compared to a blouse, the tailoring and materials are combined to keep you from feeling like you're wearing a loin cloth.
Beyond feel, Kippo shorts are built to last. Beat them up in the gym. Rake barbells across your thighs. Run. Jump. Lift. Put them through the paces. Made in the USA actually means something to us and our construction and choice of lasting materials proves it.
The shorts are also breathable and stay wrinkle-free. Plus, you won't have to worry about sweat impacting your device. Our material migrates moisture to protect your phone.
You probably only care how the shorts feel and if the pocket works. Does your smartphone stay secure and remain accessible? Yes and yes. Are they comfortable and moisture wicking and wrinkle-free. Yes, yes, yes. The patent was really just a good way for us to crystallize an idea that will make your journey better. Plus, the patent means you won't find shorts like this anywhere else, so you know you're getting a distinct piece of apparel.
Hi, I'm a Woman.
Yes you are. And you're quite lovely. At the moment we don't have a women's line. Tara (Mark's wife) made him promise to create one. She's already ruined an iPod by shoving it into her bra. If you have a guy in your life, make him look better by tossing out his ratty basketball trunks and giving him Kippo shorts. And if you're a woman who'd like to wear this version of Kippo shorts, by all means feel free. Also, Tara wouldn't mind if you tweeted @markkinsley to let him know he needs to hurry up with the lady's line.
Born in Missouri. Growing up in Los Angeles.
Kippo is a brand new, patent-pending product first imagined at a Wilson's Fitness in Columbia, Missouri. We aren't backed by silent investors or an established brand. It's a pair of gym shorts Mark turned into a prototype, into a pattern, then into a real product. It's hard work and many generous people bringing an idea to life. With your kindness and support, we are going to manufacture the first full run of Kippo shorts in Los Angeles, California.
Made in USA. Always.
We believe in the American dream. The apparel industry is making a comeback in the United States and we’re proud to be part of a movement that is supporting families, jobs, communities, and our economy. Mark personally selected the factory in Los Angeles, California where we will manufacture Kippo shorts. He visited the owners and walked the factory floor. Their values align. To us, that's important.
Tell Me About the Investment?
Your investment is bringing the Kippo brand to life. We are using the Kickstarter money to purchase materials in bulk and fund the first order. Without you, this won't happen. No pressure. Okay...some pressure.
Thank you for visiting Kippo's Kickstarter page and for any support you're able to offer. We are grateful.
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Risks and challenges
You're not afraid of risk. There was that time in Mexico when you took off your...almost forgot—that wasn't supposed to leave the peninsula.
The Kippo crew has manufacturing lined up and a solid plan in place. After the project is successfully funded we will begin making Kippo shorts. That process entails purchasing larger quantities of material, manufacturing, and shipping.
As with any project, there are variables that can impact delivery. Throughout the campaign we will communicate consistently and thoroughly to make sure you know what's going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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