Planet Sun - Sun Protection Performance Clothing
Sun Protection Clothing for Adventure and Endurance Sports. Designed and Made in Hawaii.
Planet Sun - Sun Protection Performance Clothing
Sun Protection Clothing for Adventure and Endurance Sports. Designed and Made in Hawaii.
ALOHA! Planet Sun is a suncare company based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For the past seven years, we have worked closely with endurance athletes, adventurers and outdoor professionals to develop suncare products for some of the most demanding conditions imaginable.
Skin Cancer Rates are on the rise worldwide. In the United States alone, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and regrettably, some 9,000 people die from Melanoma. The matter is so concerning here that, in July 2014, the US Surgeon General issued the first-ever “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer," urging all partners in prevention to address the disease as a major public health problem requiring immediate action….....We are here to help.
THE PROBLEM: Sunscreen alone just doesn't cut it! Given the conditions and duration of their endeavors, endurance athletes and adventurers are at tremendous risk for sun related damage, to include skin cancer. In our experience, we will tell you that sunscreen alone simply does not provide adequate protection for prolonged physical activity in the sun. Reapplying sunscreen while on mile 80 of the bike leg in a long distance triathlon or paddling in the middle of the ocean is difficult, and for many, one of the last things on their minds. All said, Sun protection clothing also needs to be a part of the plan!
We also want you to know that there has been some incredible advancements in textile technology in the past few years, resulting in fabrics with unsurpassed performance and comfort- "It ain't like running in a cotton T-shirt anymore !" Fabrics are available today that not only block Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but block heat (infrared) as well, reducing skin temperature, and adding a whole other level of "feel good" to your game.
We worked on this endeavor for over a year, collaborating with the best in the garment manufacturing industry here to develop this clothing. We are proud to say that everything you see here, with exception of the materials, is made in Hawaii. We also drew on the experience of our team Planet Sun athletes, who have competed and adventured across the globe, for all aspects of design and function.
During the course of our journey, we were surprised to find that no one else is manufacturing clothing of this nature in Hawaii- an epicenter for action sports and the perfect year round proving grounds. So, your pledge will not only help us to produce these shirts in all the sizing and colors specified, it will also help us grow a capability to manufacturer sun protection clothing in a place with some of the highest UV index levels on Earth. Makes sense to us!
AND NOW, THE GOOD STUFF: The line consists of four tops, two for land and two for water sports. The main design objectives for our clothing are: sun protection-from both UV and heat, to increase physical performance, durability, and to look great.
Here are the Common features in our tops:
For our Land Based shirts, we incorporated body cooling technology, or as the techies call it – "Thermal Regulation” to help increase performance in hot temperatures and high humidity. We achieve through use of proprietary “IceFil” fabric in these shirts. This wonder fabric lowers you skin temperature by 3 to 5 degrees by blocking thermal radiation,wicking moisture,and Xylitol (a natural sugar alcohol compound) infused in the yarn of the material, interacts with your body moisture to provide a cooling sensation. Anyways, the stuff is COOL – literally, and what you want on your body in Kona or at Badwater. Icefil is a Polyester/Spandex blended material. You can read more about this technology and and its effects in a Hawaii based study, here: http://lavamagazine.com/can-arm-coolers-make-you-faster/?cbg_tz=600
THE SUNWING was designed to address a specific need-to provide effective protection when wearing a tank top or a racing singlet. When wearing a singlet, one option for added sun protection is to put on a pair of sun protective sleeves, but there is still exposure on the upper torso and back. Sunscreen can be used on these areas, but a better single solution is the SUNWING: a top that is worn over or underneath a singlet.
All singlets are not cut the same, so we incorporated a unique loop closure to adjust the fit for optimal coverage and protection. The SunWing is super light-weight and packable in a pocket or saddle bag, and likely one of the most practical pieces of sun protection – ever. A must for cycling and running, it is also perfect for other activities such as tennis, sailing, etc. Constructed exclusively in Icefil material.
The Sunwing is available in men’s and women’s sizing in color White only
THE SUNMULTISPORT shirt was initially designed for cycling and running, but it is perfectly suited for any land based sport in the sun.
In addition to icefil fabric, we added a hip to wrist side mesh panel for more body cooling. The mesh we use is also UV rated. We also eliminated under arm seams to reduce chafing. This shirt is form fitted for optimal performance and low drag, and has a drop tail in the rear of the shirt for optimal coverage. The fabric is has great abrasion resistant characteristics to endure plenty of off road use as well. For even more function, we added a large three compartment zippered pocket that neatly swallows up your essentials. A weather resistant zipper with “easy see-n- grab” zipper pull for ease of access on the go.
The SunMultisport shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizing in color White only. Ultimately, we will offer color and fully customized versions of this shirt and the SunWing for teams and clubs.
For our watersport tops, staying dry, range of motion and reducing friction are key design considerations. We spent significant time researching fabrics with Hydrophobic (water sheding properties), that are yet still breathable.
THE SUNPHIBIAN, as the name implies, was made for being in the sun, and in and out of the water. Designed for paddling, we torture-tested this top on everything from SUP to Surf Ski, and found it versatile enough for most watersports. The semi-fitted design with crew neck collar, is relaxed through the chest and arms, for unrestricted movement and all day comfort. Made with 4 way stretch nylon spandex blended fabric that holds minimal water. The shirt also features a generous side mesh panel to cool your core. We included the same awesome three compartment pocket we have on SunMultisport shirt, and added a locking key holder at the request of many watermen and waterwomen.
The Sunphibian is available in men’s and women's sizing, in colors: Sky Blue, Sun Yellow and Twilight Pink- with White mesh panels.
Our SUNHYDRA shirt features everything a rash guard should- a close fitting design to eliminate friction, provide great range of motion and dry quickly. We achieve this in the SunHydra by incorporating raglan sleeves, 4 way stretch fabrics and a unique single piece side panel that runs from hip to the wrist. We also eliminated underarm seams to further reduce chafing. Compression fit in key areas, also improves muscle performance and recovery. We offer this shirt in a nylon/spandex and polyester/ spandex version, each retains a minimal amount of water, is fast drying, and breathable. A board short connector loop rounds out the features. This shirt is perfectly suited for most any waterborne activity from surfing to swimming, to kite and wind surfing.
Initially offered in Sky Blue, Sun Yellow and Twilight Pink .We are also featuring a special edition “Tapa Tribal” Print in Olive Green, and Aqua Blue
COLORS AND SIZING:
EXPECTATONS AND WARRANTY: Life is much about Expectation Management, and we are here to deliver. If you know us and our brand, we try hard not to take ourselves too seriously- but we are serious and very sincere about customer service and delivering high quality goods and services. The warranty on the products offered in this campaign is same for all our products- a Limited Lifetime Warranty that is very generous. Unless you run over or lose our gear, and certainly if it is defective in any way, or does not fit- we’ll replace it or refund you.
LET'S ROLL: HOW TO SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN AND RECEIVE YOUR GREAT PLEDGE REWARDS:
- Setup and sign into your free Kickstarter account
- Search for Planet Sun, and open up our Campaign page. If you are already here, then you are good to go!.
- Identify and select one of the Pledge Rewards for your donation. We are grateful for any donations small or large- Every penny counts!
- Kick Starter is an "All or Nothing" Process - we have to reach our Goal amount in full within our 30 day period to receive any money at all. So your pledge is a "Pledge"... and no money is collected for your pledge, until after the 30 day campaign period, and if we reach our funding goal. If we do not reach our goal,no money is collected from you or other pledgers. But, we are thinking very happy thoughts here!
- Once our 30 day Campaign ends and we obtain our Goal (think happy thoughts), we will contact you via email for your shipping and sizing/color information.
- Some of the pledge rewards will ship in August, but based on our production timelines, rewards including any of four new shirts are estimated to ship in September. Please refer to the estimated ship date identified in each Pledge Reward.
- We will provide you with periodic updates on the progress of our campaign, production and ship dates
PLEASE CONNECT WITH US:
We ask that you please share our Campaign Link with the world, and connect with us on Social Media. Find us here:
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NOW, FOR THE REWARDS!!
In addition to our new clothing, you could receive some of the following great Pledge Rewards:
Planet Sun Sunscreen and Lip Balms. We are all about keeping you safe in the sun with the best, so we are including our "Formulation Two" body sunscreens and our "Essential Moisturizing Formulation" Lip Balms as rewards. You are likely to see our sunscreens at more Lifeguard towers, and featured at more sporting events in Hawaii than other brands. They are effective and easy on your body and the earth. Our sunscreens are Zinc Oxide and/ or Titanium Dioxide based, and chock full of botanicals, essential oils and antioxidants to also nourish your skin. Note: the shelf life of these items is 2 years, and we'll be making up a fresh batch just for this campaign! You can read more about them here:. https://www.planetsunhawaii.com/Skin-Care-s/5.htm
Custom Planet Sun Trucker Hat. Share the ALOHA where ever you are with one of these limited edition trucker hats!. Unisex- one size fits most with snap back adjust-ability and a very comfortable sweatband Choose from colors: sky blue, gold or pink
A totally Awesome Adventure in Hawaii for one or for two. Perhaps the greatest Pledge Reward of all time! We will bring you to the island of Oahu to pick up your shirts in person, and host you on an adventure with tons of ALOHA! We have you fully covered logistically for two days, and two nights’ accommodations in paradise. We will work with you closely on timing and to ensure this is one of your most memorable trips- ever! We will base primarily on the east side of the island, in Kailua, minutes from the world famous Kailua and Lanikai Beaches. If you want to see more of this part of the island, watch this brief video from our first annual “Skin Cancer Awareness Race”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyj5K10ngU4
Here is what we will plan for you:
- Round Trip flight from anywhere within the continental USA to the island of Oahu.
- A half day clinic on the sport of your choice with a Team Planet Sun athlete. We can outfit you with necessary gear too.
- Guided tour of the island with our President John, tailored to your interests.
- An adventure in the amazing Ko'oalau Mountains–waterfalls o plenty!
- A visit to our Planet Sun Command Center Headquarters
- Any two of our shirts and a bunch of sunscreen and great memories to take home
- *This is a really great deal. The only fine print here, is that we will book your flights, and flight costs will not exceed $1,100 for the trip for one person/ or $2,200 for the trip for two people. We have you covered for two days/two nights- should you decide to stay longer, the rest is on you. We will schedule trips on a “First Pledge, First Serve basis” beginning in the month of October. We need to try and get you out here within a year after our campaign ends
OUR STORY: The Discovery of Planet Sun
It all started with a discussion between two athletes at the finish line of a triathlon in Maui. The talk was fueled with endorphins and some pain… John O’Malley had a wicked sunburn and Paul Sibley reflected on his ongoing battle with skin cancer. A great reckoning occurred as well- John and Paul adventured all over the world, yet neither experienced the sun as intense as it was Hawaii, where they lived and played hard. Both recognized the need for high quality suncare products- and then BOOM! The “big bang”epiphany that became Planet Sun.
Ultimately, Planet Sun was established in 2008- out of sheer necessity: If you want to live an active lifestyle in a place with some of the highest annual Ultraviolet Index levels on earth, you need really good sun protection. That necessity put us on a quest to develop the best performance suncare products in the world. Two physicians who we admire greatly joined our squad, as well as a few other really smart people, and like magic, twenty athletes emerged and became “Team Planet Sun”-serving as our inspiration and R&D machine!
THE GOOD STUFF: Products. We built the company on a comprehensive approach to Suncare, with products in five areas: skincare, apparel, eyewear, hydration and accessories. In the past seven years, we introduced 21 unique products to the market from sunscreen to sunglasses to UV blocking Umbrellas. We are proud to say that our products have been adopted by Endurance Athletes, Adventurers and Mom’s and Dad’s world-wide, and trusted at some of the most revered sporting events on earth.
The GREATER STUFF: Community Support, Education and Outreach. We spend virtually every weekend sponsoring and supporting events from local 5K running races to World Championship sporting venues. Good hard work, and the return in knowledge and feedback we receive goes right back into our products and education. We also average at least one educational engagement a week, providing Sunsafety and Skin Cancer Prevention education at events ranging from Health Fairs to Lifeguard Training Programs. We are an active member of the Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition, and currently working closely with them and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center to develop a SunSafe educational pilot program for public schools in the state. In 2014 we held our first Annual Skin Cancer Awareness Race, rallying support of local medical community to provide free skin cancer screenings and education for all competitors. We also do our best to support the vast military community in Hawaii- in one year alone we donated over $13,000 in cash and products to one of the regional bases.
IT'S TIME TO SHINE............NOT TO BURN! We are very grateful for your consideration and support. Stay healthy and stay safe in the Sun !
Risks and challenges
After seven years in business, we know that risk and adversity are part of any endeavor- and prime reason why Planning, Creativity and Perseverance are key watchwords at Planet Sun. We are most fortunate that the manufacturing facilities for our clothing are within five miles of our headquarters in Honolulu, thus, communications, project management and logistics are quite simplified and quick. We are also very fortunate to be dealing directly (no middle-man) with the factory that manufacturers most of the specialized fabrics we are using for our clothing. We worked closely, almost too close, with most of these people for over a year now and have earned their respect, confidence and enthusiasm in what we are doing. All said, we know the deal- situations could arise that might delay in production and delivery, so we will be diligent in keeping you updated on progress and any foreseeable delays from campaign start thru delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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