Aerogel was first created by Samuel Stephens Kistler in 1931. It’s an extremely durable and flexible material that is much more effective than other insulators such as down. It is the lightest solid in the world, and even NASA trusts aerogel technology to be used in their spacesuits, which are put through some of the universe’s harshest conditions.
However, various challenges such as stiffness and powder leakage made aerogel less ideal for daily clothing.
So, we have taken traditional aerogel technology and advanced it to be lighter, thinner, breathable and more flexible without sacrificing warmth; we’ve created an ultra-thin 3D mesh composite of aerogel. This aerogel composite is placed between the outer layer and the inner lining of the jacket, providing the perfect amount of heat insulation while staying light and soft.
We are offering four different styles of our Kistler Aerogel Jackets, ranging in thickness and resistant temperatures. Maybe you’re just trying to brave the winter in the Southern United States — you might be interested in our Series 3 jacket because it is our thinnest and lightest jacket. Or maybe you enjoy skiing or snowboarding in your spare time-- then the Series 7 jacket would be perfect for you. Whatever your specific needs are, we’re sure to have a jacket that suits them!
We’ve created an ultra-thin 3D-mesh composite of aerogel and advanced it to be thinner, lighter, flexible and more breathable than traditional aerogel technology. The Kistler Series R uses the first single-layer aerogel composite, which is a revolutionary way to incorporate aerogel into clothing production.
Traditional aerogel is the lightest solid in the world and is best known for being used in NASA spacesuits for its incredible insulation purposes. Aerogel is 300 percent more effective than traditional insulation materials, even in humid environments where your old down coat falls short.
The lightest and thinnest jacket, Kistler Series 3, resists temperatures as low as 14°F, is only 0.5 mm in thickness, and weighs less than one pound. The warmest, thickest version of the jacket, the Kistler Series 7, has a 3mm aerogel insulation layer, which is only about 1.5kg in weight — 50 percent lighter than the leading aerogel jacket on the market, and significantly thinner and lighter than down insulation. It's time to kick last year's winter jacket to the curb.
When creating our own aerogel technology, breathability was one of our priorities. We have incorporated zippers, located below the armpits, that can be used as ventilation points to survive the harshest of weather without sweating or overheating.
And an added bonus, some of our Kistler Aerogel Jackets are water-repellent. Instead of being just water resistant, specific models of the Kistler Aerogel Jacket actually repel water. Protect yourself from any environment with an aerogel jacket.
Not only will the aerogel keep you ultra-warm, but we have taken even further measures to make sure our jackets can guarantee warmth! Located in the interior of our jackets is a thermometer that measures your internal temperature. This feature allows you to know that you’re staying warm even if it’s below freezing outside.
We have also incorporated a snow skirt into our jacket design to keep snow from entering through the bottom of your jacket. You’ll find an elastic band around the waist of the jacket that you can snap together, like a belt.
The innovative aerogel is so thin and flexible, you’ll never be restricted from your normal full range of motion, unlike down jackets, which can sometimes feel restricting and puffy.
The shiny, silver detailed interior of our jackets pays tribute to our space age theme, while the outside of our jackets stays super sleek, so you’ll look cool even while braving the cold.
The zippers on the opening of the jackets, and four pockets (two exterior and two interior), have been heat sealed together to keep you and your belongings safe from the elements.
We were surprised to see that aerogel hadn’t really been incorporated into clothing yet. It’s the lightest solid in the world and is known specifically for its incredible insulation purposes, so why haven’t many people thought to put it in a winter jacket? Well, it tends to be inflexible, and the insulation performance would deteriorate along time. We looked for a new way to get the same aerogel warmth without sacrificing comfort. We put our heads together and came up with our very own 3D mesh composite of aerogel that is lighter and thinner than ever, while staying warmer than ever and knew we had to bring it to you.
We turned to Kickstarter because we saw ourselves on the leading edge of a new way to stay warm. We believe Kistler Aerogel Jackets will help people find the last winter jacket they will ever need. The funds raised during this campaign will help us place initial orders with our manufacturer. Every dollar counts towards giving you the warmest jacket on earth.
We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Kistler Aerogel Jackets a reality.
We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t give a dollar or purchase a Kistler Aerogel Jacket, if you’re a supporter of Kistler, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of!
Risks and challenges
There are always certain risks that can arise at any moment during a project like this. That being said, we’re confident in our ability to produce and have taken all the necessary measures. We have a highly qualified team of engineers and have partnered with leading manufacturing and fulfillment companies around the world. We just need your help to bring everything to fruition. Don’t worry, we’re completely prepared to bring Kistler Aerogel Jackets to you, and we have the manpower to make it happen, but if anything comes up along the way, you’ll be the first to know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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