About this project
Made with Yak fiber from the Tibetan Plateau, and an amazing natural fiber called Tencel, we have engineered three lightweight baselayers that excel in the most extreme environments, and can handle anything you put them through.
As outdoor adventurers we are constantly striving to go further, higher, lighter and faster. Stay warm and comfortable with our yak wool baselayers while you explore the world and push yourself to the limit.
Peak to Plateau was founded by Stefan Warnaar, a young Kiwi entrepreneur looking to create the World’s Best Baselayers. Stefan first stumbled upon the benefits of yak wool when he spent three months in Mongolia, Central Asia and the Himalayas. He spent his time living with local herders and nomads, surrounded by yaks, goats and sheep.
Realising the huge, untapped potential of yak fiber, Stefan returned home to New Zealand and has since sought to make a difference in the outdoor clothing industry. Peak to Plateau was born and the real journey had just begun.
Inspired by the people living on the Tibetan Plateau and their way of life, we set out to develop yak fiber into outdoor clothing that could outperform anything else on the market, and would allow you to hike, ski, climb or travel in the most extreme and beautiful environments.
By sourcing the fiber directly from the Tibetan Plateau we ensure that we get the best fiber, and the yak herders are guaranteed a fair income. Yak fiber is collected every spring from communities in the North Eastern region of the Tibetan Plateau. The fiber is then cleaned and sorted, and only the superfine 18 micron fiber is used by us.
It has taken 12 months working with the leading suppliers and manufacturers in the industry to develop fabrics and products. Trial runs, developing samples, and months of testing have finally paid off and the results are amazing. Now we are ready to launch our new products, and have big plans for 2017.
Named after the holiest mountain in Tibet, the Kailash is the first item on the list for any adventurer — whether your hiking, skiing, climbing, mountaineering, or travelling. Wear it all year round under your waterproof jacket, or as your only layer when the sun is out. The 1/4 length zip gives you full control over your temperature, so you can focus on what matters. Say goodbye to the hassle of adding or removing layers when the weather changes.
Inspired by people always on the move, the Nomad is simple and comfortable, and ready to go wherever you take it. We think of it as a symbol of freedom — the freedom of movement it allows, and the freedom to experience things in our own way. Wear it everywhere you go, whether it is adventuring in the mountains, or relaxing in the hut after a long day.
The Namtso Tee defies expectations, just like the high altitude Tibetan lake that it's named after. Wear this lightweight, comfortable tee year round thanks to the perfect blend of Yak and Tencel fibers that keep you warm when it's cold, and cool when it's hot. Stay fresh and dry, and always ready for the next adventure.
With a focus on performance, comfort and style, we started with a tailored cut that functions as well as it fits. We then added raglan sleeves so you can freely move your arms without restriction. Flat seams are used to get rid of chafing, and the seams are placed away from where rubbing occurs (such as under the arms, and on top of the shoulders). An extended torso doesn't ride up and gives extra coverage and warmth. We placed our labels with care, so they stay out of your way and don't itch and scratch.
Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions. If you fall between two sizes, choose the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.
The chest measurement is the most important if you are unsure of your size. The tailored slim fit means that our garments fit men as well as women, however women may want to select the size down from normal (e.g. if you are normally a S you may fit the XS better).
It all begins with the Yak — evolved to survive at temperatures down to -40 C and altitudes up to 5000 m, and used by nomads on the Tibetan Plateau for centuries. The soft down under-fiber collected every spring is the secret to a yaks ability to get through the winter.
The perfect fabric is a combination of warmth, breathability, odor resistance, durability and comfort. That is why we have blended yak fiber with Tencel. Our 65% Yak 35% Tencel blend means that we can take advantage of the properties of both fibers, and create a fabric that has never been done before.
Tencel is softer than silk, stronger than steel and more absorbent than cotton. Made from the fibers of the Eucalyptus tree it has all the properties that make it the perfect choice to blend with Yak — strength, durability, comfort, and breathability. Plus it is produced with an award-winning eco-friendly process.
By helping us, you are helping the yaks herders we work with, because none of this would be possible without them. Tibetan herders are facing a tough choice — stay and keep their way of life, or leave everything behind for the city — Yak fiber is an opportunity that will keep them connected to their culture and way of life, but also provide a source of income and a connection to the world around them.
We need to reach our target to complete a full manufacturing run. To be able to work with the best manufacturers we need to be able to reach their minimum order quantity. Backing this campaign will ensure that we can get the first of many products into your hands, and continue to work with our yak herding communities.
We have extensively tested our products in New Zealand, which is the perfect testing ground for serious outdoor adventure. Our products have also been worn in Chile, Argentina, the United States, Canada and more. Now you can start wearing Peak to Plateau for all of your adventures and travels.
Make sure to let others know about our campaign! Thank you for your support, and we can't wait to see you wearing Peak to Plateau.
Risks and challenges
Our products have already been through a sample production run, and the full manufacturing run will be ready to start as soon as the campaign ends. We are aware that obstacles or delays could come up, but we will be personally at the factories when production starts and are confident in delivering your reward on time.
The major risks are:
- Delays sourcing yak fiber: Depending on the total amount raised we may need much more yak fiber than anticipated, but we have 4 sources of yak fiber that we can use if necessary.
- Chinese New Year: The lead up to Chinese New Year is very busy in China and it is important to get the manufacturing completed before the holiday starts. We have given ourselves enough time, and our manufacturers are ready to start whenever we are.
- Quality Control: With large manufacturing runs there is always the concern about quality, which is why we are going to be personally at the factory to check every item before it gets sent out.
We have worked hard over the last year to make sure these risks are minimised, and now our largest obstacle to overcome is funding. We will keep you updated at every stage of the manufacturing process so you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. Thanks for you support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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