Things are getting hot and heavy here at Pettet Endurance Project. Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to finish up our designs, complete a series of patterns, and start building our first round of prototypes.
And we’re stoked to show off the first prototype that we’ve built: The Men’s Merino Wool Running Short. (name is tbd, but we’re thinking something “Marathonasaurus short” because, well, how often do you get to create your own dinosaur name? No? We’ll work on it).
But rather than just show off all the photos we took, I thought I’d walk you all through the features we’ve lined up for the short and talk a little bit about the changes we plan to make based on what we’ve seen so far.
Here’s a short recap of the goods:
- All ’round merino goodness: The merino is always next to skin, no matter what. It’s soft. It’s supple. And you’ll never want to take these bad-boys off.
- Reflectivity that actually f*cking matters: Yeah, you heard me! We aren’t talking about tiny logos here or there. We’re talking about 4×4 inch blocks of reflective material that get you noticed.
- Babysoft waistband: We’ve ditched the traditional waistband (and the long run enduced chafing that goes along with it) and have added a super-soft merino waistband, complete with hidden gel pockets.
- Laser Cut ventilation: Expertly crafted by sharks with laser beams attached to their forehead.
- Seam-taped edges: Reduces weight, and just plain looks good.
- Dual-Zip stash pockets: To hold your goods in the areas that don’t bounce, sway, or gyrate.
And, here’s what we’re thinking in terms of round 1 changes:
- Lady-like Fit – Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a lady-like fit…just not on a men’s short. We’re planning to increase the rise length, widen things at the hip, and add another 2 inches to the overall length.
- Waistband fit – As it stands, the waistband is a little too wide. We’re planning to reduce the width by about 50% (possibly sacrificing the gel pockets as a result). Oh, and we’re going to turn the waistband black, too.
- Reduce hole size – On the laser cut vents, that is. Right now they are about the size of a pencil eraser. On the next prototype they will cover the same surface area, but will be much smaller.
- Increase split size – Without changing the overall look of the short, we plan to increase range of motion by increasing the split length on each side.
So there you have it. That’s the high-level of what we’re thinking so far. What do you all think? Any other changes that we should consider?