Warming Up to the Idea
What It Is: I know you’re probably tired of winter, but I had to introduce you to the world’s first all-in-one ‘smart’ parka, created for a variety of temperatures but lovingly designed in Canada. Cause if we don’t know winterwear, who does? Anyway, the Smart Parka by North Aware comes fully loaded with an Inspector Gadget level of features. First, it has a built-in scarf and gloves. You can tuck the water-resistant leather gloves away into hidden pockets when needed, and the scarf is easy to pull up once the wind starts howling. It also has a coat extension for those particularly chilly days (or to pair with a dress), and most styles feature a removable interior layer for those shockingly warmer days. Ingenious right? But it doesn’t even stop there. The coat also has several media pockets for your glasses or even a tablet, so you can keep your tech safe and warm. There’s even a pocket to stash your toque and a hidden tracker tag pocket to keep your beloved parka from getting snatched. Totally brilliant from top to bottom and available in a range of styles for men and women!
Who It’s For: Your wife, who tends to wear the most impractical coats ever. Your hubby, who hasn’t upgraded his jacket in a cool decade. Your kid, that would get a kick out of all the media upgrades this coat offers.
What It Costs: Now’s the time to buy people. North Aware is offering their coat at steeply discounted prices from what they plan to retail for – you can get a parka for about $300 (in Canadian funds) as opposed to their future sales price of $700+.
Where It’s At: On Kickstarter! North Aware has already hit their funding goal (and then some) and plans to start shipping soon.
BONUS ENTRY into this week’s Samuel’s Hats giveaway. Tell me in the comments below – which style of Smart Parka would you most love to bundle up in?