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About the project
There’s one thing about down skiing jackets that’s always bothered us. STITCHING. Stitching traditionally keeps the down in place instead of all the feathers falling to the bottom of the jacket. But stitches rip, pop and unravel. They let in wind, water, and inevitably end up leaking down. Most down jackets have thousands of tiny holes poked in them and trap your body in loops of rigid string like a high tech mummy.
Introducing the evolution of down outerwear - we call it The Engineered Down Jacket. No feather leakage, no wind, snow, and moisture cutting through the baffles and zippers, and more mobility than ever before.
Because we are skiers and former NCAA Ski Racers, we built the Engineered Down with a laser focus on ski athletes. It has a helmet compatible adjustable/removable hood, a skier specific fit to fit under outer shell jackets and cover your bottom on a lift, and top of the line YKK AquaGuard weather resistant zippers.
We’ve tested, sampled, tested, sampled and tested again. This jacket is ready to unleash, but we NEED your help to fund the first full scale production order. To do so, we are offering a one time, Kickstarter price of $199! This jacket will retail for $399, so that's an incredible 50% savings.
Stitching is rigid string. When you stitch together baffles (the tubes that hold the down/feathers in place), you introduce a restriction that prevents lateral stretching. Imagine putting on a traditional down jacket and doing the "Incredible Hulk" flex, or the "fat guy in a little coat" scene made famous by Chris Farley in the movie "Tommy Boy". Your jacket will make noise, probably will rip, and you'll end up with stitches starting to unravel. Not ideal for athletes who do these types of movements all the time.
Removing these stitches with a brand new weaving technique means the tubes are constructed out of stretchy fabric (more on that later) that can move in any direction.
Protection from the elements and breathability
Stretch is not the only benefit from removing stitching. We improved the outer material in the Engineered Down Jacket - adding a matte-style durable stretch weave shell material. This replaces the shiny, fragile outer materials used in traditional down coats. That means no more using duct tape or gear tape to repair holes in your jacket. No longer do you have to fear tree branches, door jambs, ski edges, or random pokey things in your pack.
Worried about weight? Don't be. Even with bomber taped YKK Zippers, this jacket still weighs in at 1 lb, 8 oz and packs down easily, especially if you remove the hood. Stuffed in a non-compression dry sack (not included), the jacket is larger than the typical wide mouth 32 oz reusable water bottle. Removing the hood helps it pack down even more.
This new fabric shell, combined with the lack of stitching punctures, results in a jacket with incredible protection from the elements, yet still breathable. It's a combination not seen before in traditional down jackets.
Mega weatherproof zippers
With YKK Aquaguard Waterproof taped zippers on the front and sides, no longer do you have to immediately dig a shell out when conditions change. Water, wind, and snow stand no chance against these high quality zippers from the most trusted zipper manufacturer out there, YKK.
Full Technical Specifications
- Stretch Engineered Woven Poly/Elastane 4-Way Stretch - 85% nylon/15% elastane from Toray™
- 750 DownTek - 750 FP Grey Duck Down 90/10 (highest quality ratio)
- YKK AquaGuard® Water Resistant Zipper on Center Front and Hand Pockets.
- Brushed Tricot Soft Fabric Face Protection
- Poly Suede Goggle Wipe
- Elastic DrawCord and Innovative CordLock system for Hood and Waist Adjustment
- Removable Ski Helmet Compatible Adjustable Hood with Ring Snaps
- 1lb 8 oz / .68 kg
- Ski Specific
The Durable Waterproof Coating is a "C6 treatment", the current outdoor industry preferred flourocarbon based coating from both a sustainability and performance perspective. It has fewer compounds, so poses fewer toxicity issues to the environment than previous versions such as C8.
The DWR coating is has a 90/10 rating, which means 90% of the fabric is free of water after being sprayed, and withstands that performance after 10 washing machine cycles. In testing, the jacket withstood snow, wind, and light rain with ease, and is breathable enough for rigorous hiking and backcountry skiing ascents at temps in the single digits. A heck of a lot better than traditional down jackets which become soaking wet at the first hint of moisture!
The removal of traditional sources of cold (the stitching holes, low tech zippers), the Engineered Down's DownTek 750 Fill highest quality down gets to shine. We spared no expense in sourcing this down, which is Responsible Down Standard Certified, and boasts a 90/10 down to feather ratio. That's as good as it gets in the down world. Plus, the water resistant coating means it won't get wet and bog down.
Curious as to how this amazing fabric is held together without stitching? Hang on tight, it's about to get technical!
Traditional jackets are made with two pieces of material, a front and back, that are sewn together using rows of those performance busting stitches.
This amazing new stretchy, matte, weatherproof material is created by weaving two pieces of fabric at the same time on complex machines. Every inch or so, the machines weave the two pieces of Poly/Elastane 4-Way Stretch - 85% nylon/15% elastane together. The end result is a sheet of fabric with rows of empty "tubes" in it. For simplicity, we refer to the two materials being "welded" together: to "weld" means "combine and form a harmonious or effective whole ".
In short, it's woven together as it's created, resulting in a "welded" together bond using the same construction as the rest of the fabric, so it can't come apart.
We then construct the jacket using the highest quality DownTek down and YKK AquaGuard Zippers, adding skier specific features such as the removable, adjustable hood, goggle wipe, and waist adjust.
Our background is in ski racing, which means we work with incredibly expensive, cutting edge, performance materials on a day to day basis. We work with Olympians, World Cup Racers, up and coming Juniors, and top teams and NCAA programs to test and develop products. Also, as former NCAA racers and avid skiers, we use our gear every day. Based in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, our headquarters is right in the thick of the skiing lifestyle. These days, our team is more likely to be found on backcountry skiing adventures around the world, heading into hut trips and camping trips, trail running, and mountain biking, daily. These experiences mean we have crafted a skiing jacket which transcends use on the race training hill. The uses are endless - from walking your dog to climbing remote peaks. Getting in a race training run or heading into town to hang with friends. It's an often overused term, but this jacket really does it all.
Colors and Sizes
For this first production run, we plan to make 3 colors for men, and 3 colors for women. Sizes will be from Extra Small to Extra Large in all colors. We will gather size and color order info via an email order form after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Men's Colors, from Left to Right: Black, Corsair Blue, Khombu Green
Women's Colors, from Left to Right: Wine Tasting, Black, Twilight Blue
Why Kickstarter again?
Many brands in the outdoor industry are actively promoting next year's gear throughout the previous winter on social media, and we think this trend is only going to continue. So we decided, not only can we show you the product, but why not give you a chance to buy it!
4 years ago we launched the Stretch Puffy on Kickstarter, raising over $50,000 from backers like you to create a revolutionary jacket. It became a favorite of thousands of skiers, and spawned imitations from huge outerwear companies. We then launched a successful project to create unique ski travel gear, a TSA approved boot roller and sturdy duffels.
We can reward you for supporting these innovative products from an independent small Colorado based company with an incredible early backer price. We can provide that value in exchange for helping fund the first production purchase order. Usually, a company has to put a LOT of cash down on the table months before ever receiving the product. That's tough for small businesses like ourselves. With Kickstarter, we have a chance to offset that down payment while helping judge demand for this innovative jacket. It's a win-win!
$199 for the first 500 backers is a great deal for any down jacket, especially one packed with highest quality features and innovative construction like the Engineered Down Jacket. We're asking you to support the future of the down jacket by backing us at this incredible deal. Rest assured, it will never be available at that discount again.
Please back us!
This is your chance! If you've made it this far reading, we thank you for your time and hope you are getting ready to order your future new favorite jacket! We are happy to answer any further questions via the FAQ and comment pages.
The SYNC Team - Geof, Kris, Makayla, Brian, Q
Risks and challenges
As successful 2X kickstarter veterans, we are confident that we will use experience developing other outerwear pieces to bring this product to you by October 2019. We have sampled and tested already and have relations in place with the manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials. Unforeseen shipping delays or acts of god may slow this down, but you can trust us to take care of backers and deliver this amazing down jacket by next ski season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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