WHAT IS IT?
The Weatherneck is a modern bandana that utilizes powerful magnets and technical fabrics to offer a face shield/neck cuff that adjusts to your environment.
It is designed specifically for demanding performance outdoors.
Innovation through frustration continues in the third stall.
A few years ago I saw a photo of a euro pro cyclist in spring training wearing a neck warmer. I made one myself and found that a little fabric around the neck goes a very long way to stay warm.
Since then, I've always had one thought, "These things are great, right up until they aren't." I like being protected from the wind, breathing warm air and getting heated up, but once I'm warmed up, I sometimes overheat. Then the ONLY thing I want to do was get the neck warmer off!
- I needed to remove my neck warmer quickly without stopping.
- I needed it to fit loose in some conditions and tight in others.
- I needed to reduce the moisture around my face and mouth.
- I needed to breathe through it easily (even at race pace).
I had a PROBLEM so I created a SOLUTION.
The Weatherneck design improves face shields and neck cuffs by utilizing powerful magnets and superior USA made fabrics to:
- Allow for immediate removal (magnets)
- Provide a superior one-size-fits-all design (see diagram below), this also allows a loose or tight fit depending on conditions.
- Manage moisture build up, allow easy ventilation and block wind without excessive bulk
- Allow quiet removal/application in noise sensitive environments*
My passion is cycling so I designed The Weatherneck based around riding. I am 100% confident that it will improve your comfort in cold, windy conditions.
Looking at my other gear, I have many types of gloves, vests, jackets and hats for all different temperatures and weather conditions, but I don't have that flexibility for my face and neck. The magnets give you the choice to wear it tight or loose.
Fabric choice was critical and I selected a double knit spandex material typically used in team sports due to its toughness, stretch and feel. The thick fabric on the sides block the wind, expel moisture and stay formed around your face without pressure. It also hangs perfectly when it is slung loosely around your neck. The mesh center section allows for full breath in and out.
There are 9 design choices - 5 hex patterns and 4 camo patterns.
As development of The Weatherneck evolved, it became clear that this design suited many sports -- not just cycling.
- Law Enforcement*
- Fishing (its not overly thermal, so excellent sun blocker)
The Weatherneck combines technical features and field-tested designs to bring you a superior bandana, facemark, and neck cuff.
The WHERE and the WHAT?
Where - The Weatherneck is made from technical fabrics sourced in the USA. Sewing will be done by a professional sewing factory in Wisconsin.
What - The materials is a double knit stretch made from micro polyester and spandex which creates a very comfortable touch and feel while performing at a high level in outdoor activities. The colors will not run or fade.
The Why? Kickstarter? $7,000?
Luckily, the risk on this product is minimal as there are no major tooling costs, so my goal can remain very low, ensuring the production will happen.
I do need to place larger orders for magnets, sewing and fabrics in the future and this campaign will help with that while also confirming demand. I need to know if anyone in the world agrees with my solution first.
Finally, I'm very interested in hearing feedback from backers. What could be improved? What colors/designs would you prefer to see? I am eager to hear about how we can make it better as a community. My past projects were made much better through the Kickstarter community and I hope the same occurs here.
THE REWARDS - Can you deliver?
YES! I have before and I will again.
I will be putting in an order PRIOR to the end of the campaign based on the momentum. My factory can turn the order in 4-6 weeks. That should allow plenty of time for shipping about a month after the conclusion of the campaign. It will be plenty chilly in March and that's my target ship timeline.
The reward levels are extremely simple, only 4 choices.
The Weatherneck rewards are based on shipping 1, 2, 4 or 9 units. You may pick any color(s) you like based on how many you ordered, so if you order 9, you could take The Weatherneck in pink 9 times. It's up to you!
And, I have no gimmicks, t-shirts, baseball hats or other junk. It's just The Weatherneck, cleanandsimple.
*Note to Hunters/Law Enforcement/Military
The Weatherneck is dead silent. When removing clothing to manage your temperature, you don’t want to alert the world around you with the familiar RIIIPPP of hook and loop fasteners or wrestling gear to remove your helmet, glasses, headphones ect.
Machine washable? Please hand wash and hang dry only. The magnets stick to washing machines and it damages the fabric much quicker, it will survive but limits the life of the product.
I use hand soap in the sink and let it air dry in less than 1 minute of effort.
Will the magnets hurt my phone/electronics? No! The fear of magnets and credit cards/phones/electronics is outdated.
Will magnets hurt my body? Only if you use a pacemaker. If you do, seriously don't buy The Weatherneck. For real.
Will magnets effect my inner chi? It only enhances your chi. I worked hard on finding chi friendly magnets.
Are the magnets safe? They are as long as they are sewn in place. If the product fails and the magnets escape PLEASE THROW THE MAGNETS AWAY ASAP IF YOU HAVE KIDS AROUND.
Do the magnets wear out? Yes, after about 400 years.
Why not use hook and loop? Hook and loop was less than ideal for me. It gets messy, doesn't work well after it gets dirty and is abrasive to other gear. Magnets have their own personality but in the end they offer a host of advantages that cannot be realized in any other attachment method.
Does it protect against contaminants and pollution? I've not specifically tested The Weatherneck as a environmental aid, but it certainly does keep dirt and dust out of your mouth.
Can you explain the "one size fits all" process? Here is a diagram to explain the process of tightening The Weatherneck. The non-folded side stays against your body, the folded side is on the outside. The magnets POWER through an extra layer of fabric to grab the tighter position and it easily stays in position through normal movement.
Quotes from early product testers
"packs up small, breathes well"
"best feature was how easy it was to put on and pull off."
"Facial coverage that could be raised and lowered as needed."
"I thought it was great for the "in between" temps, as well as windy conditions. I found I had to still use my balaclava in temps below 28 degrees. I liked how quickly it dried."
"I liked how easy it was to take on and off. I noticed it was best, if it was the last thing I put on."
Here is a video review from LockedIn TV on YouTube:
Why get 2 Weathernecks...
Does it work with motorcycle helmets?
Does it stay on at high speeds?
Re-sizing in detail
How to wear The Weatherneck 'casually deliberate'
Risks and challenges
I have tested the product with 20 daily bike riders for over 2 months. So far no failures reported. But people do amazing things to products, so it might fail. The magnets might rip out, you might lose it on your first ride, it might get eaten by a bear. I just don't know. I use the Vanilla Ice warranty approach, "If you got a problem, yo, I'll solve it". Again, please hand wash and dry to extend the life of The Weatherneck.
Concerning production, I have delivered three other Kickstarters on time. Even if demand skyrocketed, I can keep up. I have two production options available to me (a third on the way) that have already been vetted, samples have been produced and pricing has been agreed upon. I am certain I can find additional sewing capabilities should the need arise. Fabric is readily available and produced in the USA within 14 days. Magnets are in-stock in various suppliers. The point of the campaign is to test the market and hopefully have enough demand to place fabric and sewing orders in larger quantity as well as justifying a direct magnet order from overseas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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