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Behold the Magic

Quick overview!

  • Freezy Freakies (a.k.a. "those color-changing gloves from the '80s") are coming back!
  • Time-tested, original '80s designs!
  • Produced in adult sizes for the first time ever!
  • We added some modern performance touches to the inside: a soft microfleece lining and a warm Thinsulate(TM) midlayer!
  • Excessive use of exclamation points, just like in the 80s! Why? It's just an '80s thing!

Background! (OK OK, we’ll stop with the exclamation points)

In 1987, our hands were smaller because we were six years-old. Please email us if you have any questions.

Anyway, because of their smaller size, our hands could fit into the kids-only Freezy Freakies gloves. And those gloves quickly became the most radical gear in our lives. Why? Because they were high-technology (in layman's terms, ”hi-tech”) winter gloves that were printed with awesome designs. The most critical part of the design would only reveal itself when it was cold outside. We’re talking about designs like fighter jets and unicorns, race cars and extreme skiers. Totally gnarly stuff. At school, we made sure everyone saw us wearing them, and we actually looked forward to the cold days so we could activate the colors. To us, Freezy Freakies were a defining part of our '80s childhoods. 

Never heard of them before? For all those handwear history-buffs as well as the newcomers, here's some good web stuff to catch you up:

Buzzfeed - What Happened to Freezy Freakies, the Greatest Gloves of All Time?

Dinosaur Dracula - Freezy Freakies: Gloves of Glory

Childhood Relived - Who Killed the Freezy Freakies?

Key feature: Thermochromic ink

What made all that magic happen? A fairly simple ink technology with a complicated name: "Thermochromic Ink" (a.k.a. ink that changes color with the temperature). The ink is transparent at room temperature, but turns colorful at cold temperatures. Some might call it science, some might call it tubular. Either way, science class is officially over. Tubularism reigns supreme.

Warm = no skier. Cold = skier. Part science, part tubular.
Warm = no skier. Cold = skier. Part science, part tubular.

Why we're doing this

After years of searching for Freezy Freakies as (sort of) adults, we realized two things: 1) they’ve been out of production for a while, and 2) they were never even made in adult sizes. The other glove brands that have survived since the '80s all seem to have matured in their styles, regardless of the fact that many of us did not. Totally uncool, right? Well the solution became clear: we had to bring back Freezy Freakies in their original '80s designs, adding some more modern materials for comfort, and in adult sizes for the first time ever.

Rewards

We're offering 4 of our favorite ORIGINAL DESIGNS. There were more designs available in the '80s than we've been able to count. We wanted to focus on 4 of them that we remembered well and that still seemed pretty awesome today. Here they are:

DESIGN #1: UNICORN (base fabric is neon yellow)

Technically, it's a unicorn-pegasus hybrid since it has wings AND a horn, but who's counting?
Technically, it's a unicorn-pegasus hybrid since it has wings AND a horn, but who's counting?

DESIGN #2: TURBO (base fabric is black)

"x1000RPM" but the tachometer reads between 5 and 6...the pit crew has some explaining to do
"x1000RPM" but the tachometer reads between 5 and 6...the pit crew has some explaining to do

DESIGN #3: SKI ALPINE (base fabric is neon pink)

Please note the MASSIVE spread-eagle in the background
Please note the MASSIVE spread-eagle in the background

DESIGN #4: FIGHTER JET (base fabric is powder blue)

We don't have a firm grasp on the intergalactic battle situation depicted here
We don't have a firm grasp on the intergalactic battle situation depicted here

More about the gloves

Updated materials: We did make a few changes from the originals, mainly to the guts of the glove. We decided to use a super soft microfleece lining to make the glove feel nice on the inside. And in between this fleece lining and the outer shell is a modern-era midlayer of Thinsulate(TM) that, according to our lab technicians, is “mad snuggly.” We wanted to make sure they looked original on the outside, but inside, they were still a good, high-quality glove. 

Our unisex sizing scheme should fit 95%+ of adults, whether male or female. We'll gather your sizes once the campaign is completed using a detailed sizing chart you can refer to.

Only adult sizes? Seems weird... This whole Freezy Freakies idea started with us just wanting them for ourselves. We’re halfway certain that there are at least a couple other grown-up kids out there in the same boat. We could have brought them back in kids' sizes too...but kids have touch-screen tablets these days, and those things change color even when it’s not cold. So we settled on only bringing Freezy Freakies back for the legion of nostalgic fans who still have fond memories of their greatness. Adults who still act like kids.

Limited-edition first batch: We'll be producing a limited quantity of each design for this initial Kickstarter batch. Just a fair warning, because if we run out, there's a chance we won't produce these same designs again.   

Product Details: 

  • Contents: front shell: 100% polyamide; back shell and palm patch: polyurethane, polyester; Thinsulate(TM) interlining: polyethylene; lining: polyester
  • Imported

How we got here

We reached out to the great folks at Swany America Corp. who originally created Freezy Freakies (you may have seen their gloves...they're everywhere). They were excited by our idea and agreed to an arrangement to bring these gloves back. After that, we were off to the races!

Actually, not so fast... We thought it would be a simple task to just reproduce something that previously existed. Welp, we were wrong! More or less, we had to start from scratch to produce these in the modern manufacturing world, since things in the '80s were done a bit differently. Apparently, basic pencil sketches no longer suffice. Folks use fancy computer programs now. So we hired a designer to recreate each design, selected a manufacturing partner, did the materials sourcing and a few rounds of prototypes, and here we are, ready for production.

Why we're doing it here on Kickstarter and why we need you!

This is our fourth Kickstarter project. Our first, Griz Coat, went surprisingly well and got us hooked on apparel. Our most recent project, Griz Rug, looks to be another 100% on-time project. We love the people at Kickstarter, the community of backers, and the excitement it generates, so that's why we keep coming back. [gush]

We've done all the "heavy-lifting" to date, but now we need your help to fund the initial production run and bring these puppies back. If we have any excess funds after our campaign, they will likely go to funding the purchase of as many packs of baseball cards as necessary to provide a full mouth of chewing gum.

May every day be gaper day.
May every day be gaper day.

Warning! Freezy Freakies might make you utter the following adjectives: awesome, fresh, cool, gnarly, bodacious, righteous, radical, tubular.

Opening music geniusly-crafted by James B. And a shoutout to Fred, Joyce, Pete, Lucky, Molly, Mark, Rajah, Dangaga, Xtina, Norman, Tood, Dale, and the great folks at Swany for helping us make this happen!

Freezy Freakies (R) is a registered trademark of Swany America Corp., licensed to Buffoonery Factory, LLC.

 

The Originals

Unicorn Freezy Freakies gloves
Ski Alpine Freezy Freakies gloves for adults
Robot Freezy Freakies gloves for adults
I Love Snow mittens with color-changing heart and snowflakes
Fighter Jet Freezy Freakies gloves for adults
Cheerleader Freezy Freakies gloves

Sizing Guide

Our Freezy Freakies run on a unisex sizing system. There's one system for kids (age-based), and a different system for adults (length-based). We have a great free size exchange policy in case they don't fit, so don't go mental trying to make it perfect.

Kids (age-based)

Parents always know best! So for kids' sizes, we've stuck to the standard age-based sizing system that folks are accustomed to. It has generally worked well so far, since Moms and Dads usually know if they should be going up or down a size. And again, we do have a free exchange policy if you need to swap sizes.

  • Kids' Small: 6-8 years old
  • Kids' Medium: 8-10 years old
  • Kids' Large: 10-12 years old*

*adults too small for our Adult Small should fit a Kids' Large; and vice versa, "tweens" with adult-sized hands could fit an Adult Small or even Medium!

Adults (length-based)

There are 3 different methods to estimate your size (and don't forget we have a great size exchange policy in case they don't fit):

1) "Totally Wing-It" method (i.e. guessing without measuring)

  • Women: Most women's hands fit in Adult Small or Medium sizes. If your hands tend to be much smaller than most women though, the Kids' Large size is akin to an Adult Extra Small and you should go with that. If your hands tend to be larger than most women, go with a Medium. If you think they're fairly normal-sized, go with a Small.
  • Men: Most men's hands fit in our Adult Medium, Large or X-Large sizes. If your hands tend to be smaller than most men, you'll likely be a Medium. If your hands tend to be larger than most men, you'll likely be an X-Large. If your hands are fairly normal-sized, go with an Adult Large.

2) Printer method

If you have a printer, then print our drop-dead gorgeous PDF sizing guide to quickly find the correct size. When you print, just make sure you select the option to print at Actual Size (i.e. make sure the "Shrink" or "Fit to Page" options are not selected). And have a look at this less-than-gorgeous palm placement photo to help demonstrate exactly where your palm should be placed on your printed sheet. Note: if you find your measurement is right in between two sizes, we suggest the smaller of the two.

3) "What's a Printer?" method

  1. Grab a pen, a ruler and a sheet of paper.
  2. Put the paper down on a table, and place your hand flat on top of it.  Adjust your hand's position so that the base of your palm runs precisely along the edge of the paper. You should barely be able to see the edge of the paper when viewed from the side, so please make sure your palm is not covering the edge of the paper. See this photo for an example of correct palm placement.
  3. Using the pen, place a mark on the paper where your middle finger ends.
  4. Use the ruler to measure the distance from the edge of the paper to the mark.
  5. Use your measurement to select your size from the table below (and if you are borderline, we suggest the smaller of the two sizes):

Freezy Freakies for adults hand length table

 

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