The Weatherneck System
The Weatherneck System incorporates a uniquely designed Mullet Hat with a breathable face mask. The 2 parts magnetize together creating “The Weatherneck System – A Breakaway Balaclava".
#1 Reason to Back The Weatherneck System:
When things start to heat up, shedding layers is critical to overall performance. The Weatherneck System delivers just that.
When the day starts out cold, The Weatherneck System provides just enough protection to get the job done. Later, when things get heated, you’re not stuck roasting and choking on something clinging to your neck.
NOTE TO GIFT GIVERS...
if you order 2+ I will accept multiple ship to address' so you can give a great gift this xmas! I'll collect this info in the survey (sorry USA address only for this option)
What can The Weatherneck System do for you:
Designed strictly for purpose:
- Removes with one-hand in one-second – powerful neodymium magnets make the system secure but quickly removable
- Size adjustable – Three metal tabs stitched into the back of the hat allow for small, medium and large sizing options
- Breath in and out at any pace – a mesh center section gives protection where you want and ventilation when you need it
- Excellent coverage, where it matters most - your ears, face and neck
Clearly the mulleted among us are on to something!
My problem; solved.
For me, the idea of stopping and wrestling a piece of fabric over my head/helmet was not attractive. So unattractive in fact, that I didn’t bother starting with a neck/face mask even though I really wanted to be wearing one. Sometimes you just don't have the chance to stop and adjust clothing. Now you can have the best of both worlds by backing this campaign right now.
Constructed from highly technical, USA made, fabrics with a unique mesh design that reduces fogging and keeps you warm, without bulk, by wicking moisture from your skin. The Weatherneck System is professionally sewn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by seasoned experts.
A version of this launched last season, what’s different?
The original design was just the bandana, but after getting feedback from our backers it was clear more was needed to solve the problems. I am now absolutely convinced the two part system represents the right solution for all types of users.
Retro compatible? Yes.
The original Weatherneck works perfectly with the Mullet Hat. If you have a previous face mask you just need the hat and you're good to go!
Top 5 Improvements The Weatherneck System provides:
1. A magnetic connection keeps the face mask high and secure
2. Steel tabs in the hat simplify the re-sizing process
3. The Mullet Hat completely covers the neck and ears
4. Higher airflow mesh material massively reduces fogging
5. The face mask is 2 inches longer allowing it to rest more comfortably and tuck in easier
Not always obvious.
Surprise! We incorporated a secret hidden pocket in the Mullet Hat (thanks DJ)! It’s a great place to store a hand warmer, ID, credit card or anything else you want to be your little secret.
100% black - I dyed the fabric black all the way through front and back. Dyed fabric performs better at wicking moisture than sublimated fabrics. Also some organizations require head gear to be uniform in color. We have complied by popular request.
It’s one-size but with multiple options - The system makes resizing super simple. Using 3 settings, it fits roughly from 46cm to 61cm comfortably.
It's safe - Do you or your team work around machinery? The Weatherneck System allows the face mask to pop right off in case it gets caught in something. You won’t get choked, so there’s that…which is nice.
No Velcro - There are a few reasons I avoided it: it's loud, it screws up other gear in the wash and it fails to function when iced or dirty.
It's made from yoga pants material - Yes! It blocks just enough wind and provides just enough insulation to get the job done without adding bulk and it is insanely comfortable.
Can I wash and dry it? Use the washer but I recommend air drying both pieces.
Finally, it is a tactical advantage:
It’s quiet (NO VELCRO) - Using magnets makes this the only tactical breakaway balaclava. Getting hot out there but you’re in a noise sensitive environment? No problem. Put it on and take it off in silence.
Who should buy The Weatherneck?
REVIEWS SO FAR (added as they come in):
- Cyclingtips.com (about crowdfunded cycling projects in general)
- Podcast: on Cyclingtips.com
- Podcast: on Midwest Cycling Podcast
- ITS Tactical (video review)
- Paceline Podcast (we're Fatty's pick this week 40 minutes in)
- Peloton Magazine
I am planning on placing the first order prior to the end of the campaign so we can start shipping BEFORE CHRISTMAS. The sooner you pledge the better.
A perfect gift for Christmas!
PHOTO CREDIT: Video & Mullet: http://www.coppercloverfilms.com Snowboarder - https://goo.gl/Z1wd82 Skier – https://goo.gl/VXMU2Q XC Skier - https://goo.gl/MUUvWx Tactical teams - http://bit.ly/2ejVPxV Military- http://bit.ly/2ekJagw Hunters- https://goo.gl/OtFrhu Cyclists- winter commuter https://goo.gl/yxh2Dh Fat bike https://goo.gl/Zx0sft Runners- https://goo.gl/juzqX2 Motorcyclists- https://goo.gl/BtNyAN Snowmobile https://goo.gl/Qo9dM9 ATV - https://goo.gl/OcixpV Construction work - https://goo.gl/ztX36g
Risks and challenges
I see no significant risks (whoever does?). The fabrics are already ordered. The magnets are in hand, the steel tabs for the hat are easily obtainable from numerous suppliers. My sewing supplier is more than up for the challenge and all our design changes are behind us.
I do have 1 alternative sewing resource if the current supplier has issues. My supplier makes product in Milwaukee for some very large brands. My project doesn't appear to be too challenging for them.
I'll take no chances on quality. I'll be performing spot inspections as production starts and my cut/sew vendor is committing to a regular QA process themselves. I believe the product is in great shape. I'm further along than any of my previous campaigns and all those delivered on time. But products can always be improved. What would you do differently? Pledge to back the project then let me know your thoughts (comments are welcome).
I am planning on making my first order prior to the end of the campaign so we can start shipping BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Regarding INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - The fee I collect is only for shipping, it does NOT cover ANY taxes or fees charged by your country. Please re-read that if you're confused.
A word on magnets...
Neodymium magnets are STRONG. These are sewn in place, but they can escape. If that happens throw dispose of them immediately.
Learn more about magnets here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5548a3.htm
The magnetic fields of these Neodymium magnets can effect pace-makers or other bodily implants, don't use if you have metal plates in your head or a pacemaker. They don't effect cell phones and are unlikely to effect credit cards.
Children should not be allowed to handle magnets as they can be VERY dangerous if they escape the seams.
Can magnets wreck your credit card? Uh, not likely... http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/video-magnets-make-credit-card-mag-stripe-not-work-1457.php
Finally, I'd like to point out that once again I have committed to providing you with only the finest chi enhancing magnets on earth. May your chakras be merry.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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