KOY Gear: Makers of Invisible Technical Travel Clothing

Created by Jake from KOY GEAR

High-performance technical shirt/socks with simple style & real innovations (like odour and stain resistance) for everyday versatility.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Launch [X] Produce [X] Deliver [...]
18 days ago – Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 02:08:11 AM

Hi everybody,

It’s been a few weeks yet we’re still over the moon with excitement! We’ve been hard at work with our factory and logistics partners finalizing important details. Please read carefully as this update is packed with mission-critical info.

Mission Update

Firstly, we’re excited to announce that we’ve officially begun production! Unlike some Kickstarters that fail to get off the ground, this force can’t be stopped. Enjoying the aerospace puns? Well, strap in because we’re sending you on a mission of your own to ensure that your orders arrive swiftly and seamlessly. 

What To Expect

You should have received an email from BackerKit, our trusted fulfillment partner. Simply follow the link in your email and create an account on their site. From here, complete your order survey to provide us with your product preferences, desired add-ons (like additional gear and express shipping), and your shipping information.

Please take your time filling this in and try to be as accurate as possible. This will help avoid unnecessary and costly shipping (space travel is expensive). This will also help ensure you love your gear the first time through to the very last.

Important dates:

  • Order surveys are needed by November 20th.
  • All general orders will go out between mid-December - January (estimated shipping: 45 days)
  • Express shipments will go out mid-December (estimated shipping: 3-7 days). This is orderable under “add-ons” for a small fee when you are completing your order survey.

If you have any issues or questions throughout the process, just reach out, we’re here to help!

Together we excel,

Jake & The KG Team

Big Announcement - Stretch Goal
about 1 month ago – Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 12:42:37 AM

Hi KG Community,

It seems like every time we write we have news to celebrate. We’ve now surpassed the $50K mark, hitting 300% of our goal! Those are some pretty remarkable numbers if you ask us!

To show our gratitude and help better fulfill the needs of your every day, we have been exploring additional product options as stretch goals. We were tasked with the manufacturing side of things while we tasked you, our community, with voting to share your preferences with us.

After much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce that we will be producing and delivering a GREY V-NECK KG TEE! In addition to the current rewards, this will also be available by express shipping before the end of 2019.

Excited and wondering how can you get in on this? A survey will be sent out after the campaign to collect your order details!

What Were the Survey Results?

After receiving nearly 200 responses, we have (well, Google Forms has) tallied the results of your preferences! Here are some interesting findings that helped us with our decision:

  • In terms of combination preference, the  grey colour x crew-neck collar ranked #1 (consistent with our findings way back when we began this journey…whew!)
     
  • In terms of colour preferences, there was strong interest across the board. Black was a close runner up to the grey colour, followed by navy.
     
  • We also learned that exactly half of you were just as interested in v-necks as crew-necks, while scoop necks appealed to a small number of people.
     

Conclusion: It suffices to say there was a lot of appetite for both v-necks and additional colours.

So, Why No Additional Colours?

There's no doubt that we also wanted to be able to deliver additional colours. As avid wearers of our own products, and based on your continued feedback, this is very important to us. However, this was not feasible for this campaign, primarily due to manufacturing constraints. If you’d like to better understand this, keep reading.

Our funding goal was thoughtfully set at $17K as this amount would ensure that we could, at a minimum, deliver the original versions of the KG Tee and KG Socks that you've seen and already rallied behind. Unfortunately, even the exceedingly stellar funding we have received is not enough to meet the minimum order quantity requirements for any additional colours.

To further explain, you’ll have to understand our manufacturing process at a high level, as it varies that of basic garments:

1. Sourcing raw materials

2. Processing raw materials

3. Dying materials (for colour)

4. Treating materials (for technical benefits like odour-resistance)

5. Fabric weaving, cutting and sewing

Why is this significant? Our materials for the current KG Tee are already processed, dyed and treated. For this reason, it is possible for us to adjust cuts to accommodate the additional v-neck option without spreading ourselves too thin, nor compromising quality. However, to introduce an additional colour, we would need to purchase and process an entirely new batch of fabrics. This is only possible in large minimum order quantities, which effectively increases the quantities in all the preceding stages as well. Based on our current level of funding does not quite get us to the amount we need to achieve this without compromising on the quality we've promised.

Conclusion: With all of that said, we know you’ve got your eyes set on additional colours, as do we. However, keep an eye out - these may come a lot sooner than you think!

Hopefully, this explanation helps to provide valuable context on the tough decisions we faced. At the same time, we hope it doesn't stunt any excitement about the additional product option we've announced!

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At KOY Gear, we're all about helping others to realize their dreams while bringing you along for our journey in achieving our own. With that, we wanted to share some really cool Kickstarter projects that have already surpassed their goals and continue onward in their campaigning! 

CORK 2: The World’s First BOTTLE CORK BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Transform Any Bottle Into A Speaker It's compact with LED lights, making it portable and essential for travelling, camping, and house parties. CLICK HERE!

The 30° Ruler 2.0 – One Ruler To Rule Them All

The laser engraved, aerospace aluminum 30° Ruler puts a new spin on an old classic – a tool seen in every classroom, drafting board and design studio yet something that has been unchanged for generations. It was developed for designers but is suitable for everyone. CLICK HERE to check out.

Let us know what your thoughts are on this update! We'd love to know. Please stay tuned - we will have another update coming shortly as we wrap up our funding period. Thanks for reading, everybody!

Together we excel,

Jake & the KG Team

KG Tee Collars & Colours - VOTE NOW!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 06:22:09 PM

Hi Everybody,

Many of you have asked about different variations of the KG Tee and Socks as stretch-goals for the campaign. We've been working diligently with our factory to examine potential options based on the funding we've received. 

With that, we are excited to announce that we will be introducing an additional collar option for the KG Tee! We are also continuing to work to expand our colour options, which many of you have expressed interest in. However, we are still navigating some challenges on this front. More to come on this! 

Your input is important to us and will help with these additional product variation decisions moving forward! Please take a minute to share your preferences HERE.

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Please help us grow our modest Instagram following and have the opportunity to be rewarded for it!  

How Does it Work? 

Tag up to 5 friends on our Instagram post and you will be entered for a chance to WIN BACK YOUR ENTIRE PLEDGE! That's right, if selected, you'll receive your product rewards absolutely free! Each tag = 1 ballot for entry. 

Already pledged? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You are still eligible for the draw - just make sure to tag away. Go and get it!

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Thank you for your continued particpation in the campaign! More to come soon. 

Together we excel,

Jake & the KG Team

Excelling together! Who’s ready for more?
about 1 month ago – Fri, Oct 04, 2019 at 09:40:00 PM

Hi KG Community,

We’re now just over halfway through our campaign and the latest numbers are in! As we write, we are but a few (hydro-repellent) microscopic fibres past a few HUGE landmarks:

  •  All early-bird 1- and 2-Day Pack rewards have been claimed! Popular, eh? 
  • We’ve received support from over 600 backers!
  •  We’ve now surpassed the $40,000 mark!!
     

In the Media

We’ve also been getting noticed! Check it out here:

What’s Next?

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely already supported us and for that, we are incredibly grateful! Many of you have been expressing interest in variations of colour and cut for the KG Tee. We hear you and that’s exactly what we’re aiming for! 

Second Chance Rewards

For us to collectively make this possible, we’ve created another share-worthy opportunity: for only the next 4 days only, we are re-introducing the wildly popular 1- and 2-Day Packs for near early-bird prices!

If you are looking for more ways to engage and reap rewards, don’t forget to check out our giveaway below. With only modest participation so far, it’s anybody’s game… and we’re selecting 5 winners!

WIN BACK YOUR PLEDGE - GIVEAWAY

To keep the great momentum going, we want to give back… literally, with an incentive for all!

Tag up to 5 friends on our Instagram post and you will be entered for a chance to WIN BACK YOUR ENTIRE PLEDGE! That's right, if selected, you'll receive your product rewards absolutely free! Each tag = 1 ballot for entry.

Already pledged? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You are still eligible for the draw - just make sure to tag away. Go and get it!

Rules of play:

  • Each account you tag will count as one ballot for entry, up to a maximum of 5 ballots.
     
  • To be eligible, participants must pledge to our Kickstarter campaign before it ends on 10/17/2019 at 11:59 am.
     
  • Winners will be selected after the end of the campaign and will be contacted via direct message on Instagram.
     
  • Selected winners must be able to verify their associated name on Kickstarter and the exact amount pledged to our campaign
     

Together we excel,

Jake & the KG Team



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MeoMitt : The Magic Ergonomic Oven MITT

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GET IT HERE.

EcoQube Glo | The Easiest Way To Grow Plants | Up to 48% OFF -- Get it while it lasts!

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No mess. No Dirt. Just lots of healthy BEAUTIFUL plants! CLICK HERE to learn more about this SMART desk lamp!

GET IT  HERE.

BesoVida, The Almighty Utensil For Everything Kitchen

Check out Besovida, food-safe, heat-safe, super safe container.

  • Food Grade Silicone
  • Oven Safe / Microwave Safe / Dishwasher, Dryer Safe
  • Acid & Alkaline Resistant / Antimicrobial Mixture
  • Heat Insulated Base / Non-Stick Surface
  • Bowl In A Bowl Design

The minimalist design is perfect on any table settings. Prepare, cook and serve your food all in one container!

GET IT HERE

PREMAD Pen - Writing Smooth Both Ways

Patented nib ground by artisan promises distinctive line widths and consistent ink flow from one single nib. Each PREMAD Pen is inspected and fine-tuned by master pen repairmen. Combining smooth writing experience with minimalist design, you have one reliable companion that lasts a lifetime.

GET IT HERE

WynLABS

Our friends over at WYN LABS create the world's slimmest carbon fibre wallet. It's a wallet taken to the extreme for your best comfort and convenience. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Day 8 - We made it to 100%! What's next?
about 2 months ago – Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 10:30:20 AM

Dearest Backers,

This is our first update and since it’s long overdue, we’re going to make up for lost time...

What have we accomplished together?

In less than 24 hours, we hit 100% of our $17K minimum funding goal! Even more remarkable, we’ve now surpassed the $30K mark thanks to the generous support of you and over 450 backers! Whether you are close friends of ours, friends of friends, past backers or family, we sincerely appreciate all your love and support! 

What’s next?

This journey has only just begun, but with our current accomplishments, one thing is already certain - we are no longer just an underwear brand!

With a whopping 23 more days left in our campaign, we will continue to push for increased funding in hopes of expanding beyond the current product offering to provide you with more options on things like colour and cut/style.

WIN BACK YOUR PLEDGE - GIVEAWAY

To keep the great momentum going, we want to give back… literally, with an incentive for all! 

How to participate:

Tag up to 5 friends on our Instagram post here and you will be entered for a chance to WIN BACK YOUR ENTIRE PLEDGE! That's right, if selected, you'll receive your product rewards absolutely free! Each tag = 1 ballot for entry. Also, to further increase your odds of winning, we will be selecting 5 lucky winners!

Already pledged? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You are still eligible for the draw - just make sure to tag away. Go and get it!

Rules of play:

  • Each account you tag will count as one ballot for entry, up to a maximum of 5 ballots.
  • To be eligible, participants must pledge to our Kickstarter campaign before it ends on 10/17/2019 at 11:59 am.
  • Winners will be selected after the end of the campaign and will be contacted via direct message on Instagram.
  • Selected winners must be able to verify their associated name on Kickstarter and the exact amount pledged to our campaign.
     

Stay tuned and until next time, keep sharing the love!

Together we excel,

KOY Gear Team

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If you're looking for other cool projects, check out what some of our ambitious friends are working on and lend them your support too: 

1. GPCA Carabiner - Most Funded Carabiner Ever
  Our friends over at GPCA built the utility CARABINER, and we’re BIG FANS!

CLICK HERE to check out the GPCA Carabiner.

2. HUNT23 | Flashlight & Pry Bar in One
  HUNT23, the toughest titanium flashlight provides a beautiful balance between minimalist style and maximum usability. With a super bright flashlight on one end and a tiny pry bar on the other, they combine into one essential tool for everyday carry. Two Led Color Options: White Light / UV Light. CLICK HERE.

3. Easy Wash - Simple and Fast Washer and Dryer
  You keep spending lots of time and money to use laundry, wash and dry your clothes. When you've got no time for laundries, no washing machine, or you need to wash just a couple things, you'll spend a lot of effort on this problem.

Easy Wash is a brand new manual washing machine and dryer that allows you to quickly and effortlessly wash any type of clothing, wherever you are - be it a dormitory, a suburb house, or a journey in just 15 minutes! It's the perfect solution when you have no access to a washing machine!

Get yours HERE!

4. Small Leather or Fabric Wallet | RFID Protection | BORDO mini
  ✔️ Minimal Size

✔️ RFID-protection

✔️ Optional Slot for Coins

✔️ Made by Hand

✔️ Only High-Quality Materials

CLICK HERE