This project's funding goal was not reached on December 28, 2013.
About this project
What is "Freeze Defense"?
Freeze Defense is a 3-in-1 winter coat that has been designed to keep you warm when it matters most. Designed for regular every day use and also for those who love skiing, snowboarding, winter camping, and more. It consists of a winter coat with a zip-out vest. It has a nylon shell which will help keep the wind out as well as the snow or other wet weather. The lining is made from nylon, which is very soft, and allows you to move around easily while wearing the coat. The insulation is polyester padding, which offers you superior warmth in the winter. If you're tired of your winter coat not keeping you warm enough, Freeze Defense is the solution.
Why "Freeze Defense"?
I've always been an avid person of the outdoors. From going on winter hikes in NJ, PA, and NY, to snow tubing and other outdoor winter activities, I always found I never had a decent enough winter coat to wear. They were either not warm enough, or didn't hold up to their expectations. I wanted to put my love for winter in the form of having a winter coat and vest combo created so that people can enjoy being outside and be warm doing so. From everyday wear, to winter hikes, the Freeze Defense coat and vest will keep its wearer warm and dry. Then when spring comes, simply use the vest.
How do I wear it?
Freeze Defense can be worn in many ways: just the coat, just the vest, or both together for added warmth during the harshest of winter weather. The coat can be worn on its own on cold days. The vest can be worn on warmer winter days or even in the spring. On the coldest days of winter, zip the vest into the Freeze Defense winter coat, and you have a warm winter coat system that will keep you warm when you are faced with the coldest of winter.
Freeze Defense has many features as part of the 3in1 coat system. Here is a break-down:
- Many zippered pockets on the front of the coat to store keys, a cell phone, a wallet, gloves, or anything that you may have when you go outside wearing the coat.
- Inside pocket on the coat to store other small items.
- Waist pull on both the waist and bottom of the coat. Used to help the coat fit snug against your body, blocking the cold air, and locking in your body heat for maximum warmth.
- Removable hood that can be zipped on or off the coat.
- Zip-out vest that is also insulated. Has two zippered pockets and two basic pockets on the reversed side. The vest is completely reversible and can be worn in two ways.
The coat is made from durable materials. Here are the detailed specs of the materials used that make up the coat and vest:
- The coat can handle down to at least 0 degrees Fahrenheit. I have personally tested the winter coat on several activities outdoors last winter with the initial prototype samples I received, wearing a regular t-shirt underneath to get a good feel for its effectiveness.
- The shell is 210D nylon oxford with PU coating. This coating allows the coat to be water resistant, and also wind resistant. The vest is 210T nylon, with rip stop, since it’s not as thick as the main coat. Also PU coated for water/wind resistance.
- The lining is nylon taffeta, which is soft and easy to move in when wearing other clothing underneath.
- The insulation is polyester padding, 280gsm. It’s very warm when worn, and it’s thickness does not hinder movement when wearing the coat. It is quilted into the coat, and is not the cheap loose polyester that are found in other winter coats.
What the coat and vest look like
The Freeze Defense 3-in-1 coat and vest will be created in a blue/black design. After the initial production, other color schemes will be considered and added to the lineup.
We are looking to raise $20,000 for this project. This will cover our initial production run of the Freeze Defense winter coat. Backers who pledge $70 or more will receive one Freeze Defense winter coat after they are produced. The funds will be used for production, as well as start-up costs in establishing the brand. Our first project is the Freeze Defense winter coat and vest system, and we hope to expand the Freeze Defense brand into other winter clothing after we get established with producing winter coats that will keep you warm.
Project History / Background
The idea for creating the "Freeze Defense" winter coat and vest started back in January of 2013. I wanted to have a versatile winter coat. I was tired of going on winter hikes and doing outdoor activities in the winter with coats that were just inadequate and not warm enough for the task at hand. I wanted a 3in1 coat system, where it can be very warm in the coldest weather, and also be a transition piece of outerwear for spring and cooler days. (which is what the vest is for) I started working with a factory who produces garments for outdoor use, and they agreed to work with me since January designing the coat and vest to match my specifications. It was a long process to get the first winter coat and vest, which is shown here:
While the first sample looks like the final prototype made, it varied greatly. For example, the sleeves were not wide enough, so I had to go back and research ideal sleeve width and length for the coat to appeal to the masses. Also, the flaps for the pockets and main zipper were not insulated. I chose to insulate all flaps with a nominal amount of insulation to help prevent the cold wind from cutting through the coat when used outdoors.
The biggest challenge was constructing a pattern that was sized properly. Each and every aspect of the coat needed to be measured to ensure not only proper fit, but usability. Pocket flaps are nice over top of a zippered pocket, but much thought had to go into it to make sure they were sized properly. Even the velcro had to be properly sized. Notice how in the first prototype below (which also shows all the measurements that went into the coat), the velcro on the hood is very small. This was not good enough to ensure the hood would stay fastened. The velcro was then increased to full length, and then cross-stitched to ensure that it would be durable and would last long.
"Freeze Defense" Name History
Freeze Defense was a name that took several weeks to come up with. I wanted a brand name for the coat that told its story in two words. After thinking up various winter-related phrases, I settled on the Freeze Defense name. It shows that "freeze" is how most feel during the winter with cold weather. "Defense" is what is used to defend against the cold and winter elements. Together, "Freeze Defense" shows that it will defend the wearer against the freeze of winter.
While it sounds simple to place a logo on the produced product, still some thought was required. Once the logo was decided on, samples of how it would be placed on the coat were needed. At first, the logo was going to be centered on the front chest pocket (in blue), but when the coat is worn, the logo looked off-center and not clearly visible. Therefore, the logo was then left-aligned to the chest pocket. That way, it was clearly visible to the wearer, and did not look improper when worn.
The idea of creating a 3-in-1 winter coat with matching zip-out vest was a long process. Since January, the coat and vest were being planned. After many sample coats, many hours of deciding on final measurements for each size, and a passion for creating a warm winter coat for winter use, the Freeze Defense coat is closer to becoming a reality. I am excited to finally have a final prototype in hand, but need to overcome the final hurdle of project funding to make it a full reality. It would be exciting to know that winter enthusiasts as well as regular people would be wearing Freeze Defense as their choice of winter coat. After the coats are produced and are being sold, I plan on increasing the Freeze Defense brand with snow pants, gloves, hats, and other winter accessories to make it a new and upcoming brand of choice that is not only affordable, but practical for battling the cold winters.
I'll also use 5% of the project's profits to use toward other projects here on Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge faced currently is having the funds to move forward with production. Once the project is funded, we will be able to place our first order for the Freeze Defense 3-in-1 winter coats. We already have a working relationship with a factory to produce the coats. They have the full pattern, sizing, color choices, and everything required to construct the coat and vest. Once we are able to place our order, we have lined up a relationship with a shipping company to have the coats shipped to our storage warehouse where we will keep inventory of them and process orders at.
After the project is funded, we really do not see any challenges other than ensuring the coats arrive in a timely manner. Since we have already planned out the shipping processes, we believe it will not be very hard to see this project through to a reality and then expansion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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