Get Involved with WeatherWool
There are a few ways to get involved with WeatherWool:
Donate specially-priced WeatherWool to United States Military Personnel who want to wear WeatherWool for Active Duty. Or buy it for yourself, if you will be wearing WeatherWool for Active Duty. Please click here for details.
Please phone us to discuss. We like the idea of retailers but our costs of manufacture are much too high for traditional models to work, so we will need to figure something out that fits each situation.
Women's Design Group:
We are designing a Jacket for women who want to handle serious weather and varied activities in a fine-looking, luxurious garment ... and we need to get input from the women who might wear the Jacket. Please click here and get in touch with us if this sounds interesting.
Advisors are people who like WeatherWool enough that they want to represent WeatherWool to other people. Advisors start as testers or regular customers, then we would talk about next steps. It is not necessary for this website to show an Advisor's full name and contact info. The website will need to show the Advisor's first name and general location, so people who are interested in WeatherWool will know if the Advisor is located conveniently. One of the interesting things about being an Advisor is that outdoor activities may have advantageous tax consequences. Please click here to read more about the role of Advisors.
Outdoor Professionals (Guides/Outfitters):
Outdoor pros are a special case, and each can be different. We recommend you give us a call to discuss your involvement. Some companies offer huge discounts and even freebies to outdoor pros. We did a little of that early in the going, only because we knew it was common practice. But we don't want anyone wearing WeatherWool because it was furnished free. We think it is much more of a testimonial if a person who can get other clothes for free instead chooses to buy and wear WeatherWool.
These days, there are so many types of media and media pros it would be best to just give us a call to discuss.
We are very serious about testing, and testers truly will earn their discount. Testers are very important to us when we develop anything new, and they are still important even for established pieces. New people, fresh thinking, different activities, different places ... all can bring us new perspectives and new ideas.
Testers generally get a 15% discount, but when we are developing a new design, the discount off the expected retail price may be bigger.
As we develop garments, we usually post the progress on this website, and sometimes on Facebook and Instagram as well. Here on the website we have pages devoted to the feedback of both Testers and regular customers (Testimonials). These pages are accessed from the product listings.
We are always looking for serious testers. We need people who seek woolen outerwear of the highest quality, and are willing to perform some careful, detailed and thorough testing and provide evaluations in exchange for a discount of 15% or sometimes more in special cases. We also get a kick out of working with people who don't know wool ... if you think synthetics are king, give us a call!
We would also prefer that Testers be willing to allow us to use their names and locations when we post their input on the website, although this is not a requirement.
Our testing program is semi-formalized. In the first stages of development of a new product, we'll usually just send early prototypes out to whomever wants to help us with ideas and testing. Depending upon the exact situation, these early protos may only be available for loan/test because the tailors may need them back to serve as templates for the next versions. When we think we are getting close to our final design, and even after we have reached what we consider a final design (such as in the example of the Poncho), we are still interested in input from people who will give our gear a serious workout and review.
Sometimes we will actually post a request for testers. We did this during development of our SkiJac, where people who committed in advance bought our Test Version of the SkiJac for $500 instead of the $850 production price, a 41% discount.
Testers agree to test thoroughly. They will test the garment in normal as well as unusual conditions. That is ... they will test the garment for the activities and conditions for which it was designed. BUT ... They'll also test the garment in unusually high and unusually low temperatures. High winds, rain, snow. Light base layers. Heavy base layer. Varying levels of activity. Other activities They will try the garment in various outdoor settings ... just about anything can be useful. And the opinions of friends and family, too. And provide written or at least telephone feedback. The testing period will go on for months. Pictures are great, too.
EXAMPLE: A birder is testing our Ladies Field Jacket. She wears the Jacket on birding outings in different weather conditions and in different natural settings (different terrain, different seasons, different vegetation). How is the general fit? Enough freedom of movement? Too bulky? Length of the garment? Length of arms? Sleeves too big or too small? Armhole too high or too low? Shoulders? She'll try different layering combinations and amounts of layering. She'll consider the size and placement of our pockets. The angles of entry. The pocket flaps. The zippers. Does the collar perform? How does the Fabric perform in the chill of morning and in the warmth of the afternoon. Is the balance of wind-resistance and breathability right? Does the color and/or pattern of the Fabric blend into the natural surroundings? Do the birds and other wildlife seem to notice? How do other people react to WeatherWool? Other birders? People at a diner? Civic or professional outing? Comments from friends? Anything you can think of, really.
Like everyone else who buys WeatherWool, testers can get refunds.
If you have some interesting situation or idea to get involved with us, please get in touch! We are always interested in new ideas.
11 September 2017