[Update] We’re THROUGH the voting round! Don’t stop voting though- voters get a shot at a 30% discount when we enter the crowdfunding phase in early April. Thanks for all the support!!! 🙂 Please keep giving us feedback on the Betabrand page if you think the design could be improved: https://www.betabrand.com/think-tank/vote/unisex-water-resistant-lap-cover-rain-hooded-jacket.html
We’ve launched the RAYN Jacket!
The Rayn Jacket is our very first retail product — an ergonomic, waterproof jacket that is inspired by wheelchair users, and designed for people of all abilities. Everyone from wheelchair users, cyclists, sports spectators, commuters and campers can now sit in the rain comfortably – no umbrella, no poncho, no extra material, but complete coverage.
In Summer 2014, Ryan came to Open Style Lab with a challenge: As a wheelchair user, he could not find a rain jacket that would protect his lap from the rain. Our designers, occupational therapists and engineers worked with Ryan to come up with the somewhat eponymous solution – the RAYN jacket.
A competitive biker before his injury, Ryan described himself as a ‘hoodie’ type of guy. In accordance with his style, we created a jacket that looks like a hoodie, with one difference: the hoodie pouch doubles as a lap cover that is easily deployed in the rain through a simple 2-step folding mechanism. Other features of the jacket include breathable fabric and a back vent that allow better temperature regulation; additionally, zipper loops and magnets provide easy manipulation.
We’re collaborating with Betabrand, an online clothing community based in San Francisco, to offer Rayn Jacket to the public. Rayn Jacket is currently featured on Betabrand’s crowdsourced design platform, Think Tank, where you can show your support by voting for the Rayn Jacket. After graduating the voting phase, the Rayn Jacket will launch in Betabrand’s crowdfunding platform, where users can fund the design to transform it from a prototype to fully produced product. The campaign is now live: https://www.betabrand.com/think-tank/vote/unisex-water-resistant-lap-cover-rain-hooded-jacket.html