After reading all the comments it is clear KUIU wi...

After reading all the comments it is clear KUIU will have to have down, synthetic, hood and no hood designs for the insulated style to meet everyone’s preference.

My goal this first season is to develop the most versatile skin to shell system possible with out an overlap in styles.  I am working with my development team to evaluate a hood and no hood designs for this jacket.

We are also working on a removable design.  Although, I am hesitant to design a removable hood as I do not think it fits KUIU’s clean design focus.  I fear it will add complexity and weight to a style that is to be simple, light, warm and packable.   All KUIU designs are clean and focused on intended form and function.

I will keep you up dated as we work through the details and testing.  I hope you are all having a safe and sucessful fall in the mountains. Thank you again for all the great input and help.

Jason

This article has 6 comment(s)

  1. Matt

    Look forward to seeing what you come up with. Any news on your Proto Testing results?

  2. Jason Hairston

    Hi Matt,

    The proto testing is going really well. The feed back has been super positive. I have some small trim and fit adjustments, however that is expected at this stage of development.

    Thanks for asking,

    Jason

  3. John McKnight

    Just a quick note and I have not read every parapgraph so I may very well miss something but I think I get the basics.

    Sorry to get back to you so late, I was hunting in Northern BC. No hood on the jacket. If we are talking rain gear you need a hood. I tend to think about what parts of my body get really cold and what their job is in my dailing routine of hunting and trying to stay alive. The details like the ears, nape of the neck, tops and tips of fingers, lower back, forehead, and hands are where design ideas are won or lost.

  4. Kevin

    “Although, I am hesitant to design a removable hood as I do not think it fits KUIU’s clean design focus. I fear it will add complexity and weight to a style that is to be simple, light, warm and packable.”
    I think you said it best here. I’m a hood fan, but won’t buy anything with a removable hood.

    • Jason Hairston

      Thanks Kevin!

      Jason

  5. Larry Schwartz

    Jason,

    Thinking back to when I used or wanted a hood on my jacket, both while hunting and in the military, it was mainly when I needed something to cut the wind.

    I think that if you designed the jacket with an UNINSULATED hood that was there just to cut the wind when it was needed that you would have a winnner. Since it is just a layer of fabric, not something bulky and no need for a pocket to store it in, I would just leave it out even if I wasn’t using it. It won’t affect wearing a pack or binocular harness so there shouldn’t be a downside, other than those folks who don’t like the “look” of a hood. Also, as part of the jacket the wearer won’t need to worry about breeze creeping in through attachment points.