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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 24 2012, 3:30 pm  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Hey everyone,

I would like to pick your brain for a minute.  We are creating a new product with a group of engineers and your input would be much appreciated. The product is a self inflating sports jacket which can increase the warmth the jacket provides by opening a tiny valve on the inside.  This design would allow you adjust the warmth of the jacket based on the weather at any point in time.  We are surveying a large group of people to get an understanding of their jacket needs. Please take  60 seconds to answer the survey by clicking the link below, and remember all information is anonymous.

https://tufts.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3mDH02tWKWqUcMl

I appreciate your time!

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Done....not enough questions. Weight of said jacket and features not covered.

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Done.  Interesting concept.

Good luck.


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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 24 2012, 7:13 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

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a self inflating sports jacket
One presumes that the material used for inflation is an insulating gas of some sort. I guess that goes without saying...but that would mean also carrying a nonreplenishible canister of some sort full of this stuff, since air is the only gas readily available otherwise, and it doesn't insulate all that well.

Your survey is extremely sophomoric, and buggy to boot - I hit the "next page" button w/o filling in anything, and it simply thanked me for my input w/o generating any error.

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4. How often do you feel hot or cold  while wearing your coat

If you don't have temperature variation, how would you know when to adjust your jacket - or any of your apparel for that matter, which apparel, at least for me, is a part of a "system", not a stand-alone device, as your projected garment seems to be.

Example: I once bought a Merrell jacket that consisted of pockets all over that you presumably stuffed with leaves or other material to provide insulation. Silly, but they didn't sell very well, so Merrell put the "prototypes" on sale for next to nothing on their website, making it justifiable as a "curiosity" or "conversation piece". Not much use as an actual garment, however, since you'd only actually need it if you failed miserably at planning ahead for weather. Again, at least for me, planning ahead means taking multiple use items that I can use together or separately as a system, not a single garment that "does everything" - and which may fail, leaving me without a backup other than going "Bear Grylls": and we know how well that's liable to work.

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10. What do you like best about the jacket you specified in Question 2?

Question #2 did not ask about a specific jacket, but asked which brand preferred.

You need to redo your survey with more specific questions, not to mention rethink your product entirely. But, as usual, I'm just being nasty, I guess.
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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 24 2012, 11:25 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Sounds an awful lot like the Klymit Ulaar Jacket...

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Done.

As someone who designs surveys for a living, I agree with some of the comments offered that this survey is not designed very well. Most importantly, you never connect your survey questions to your key objective, which is to understand the acceptance of "a self inflating sports jacket which can increase the warmth the jacket provides by opening a tiny valve on the inside.  This design would allow you adjust the warmth of the jacket based on the weather at any point in time."

You describe the product in your forum post, but none of your questions relate directly to this concept. You never even come close to describing the concept in the survey itself. You seem to be asking: "Would you like a wonder coat that can do all kinds of great things?" The answer is yes, because you haven't provided any realistic trade-offs or disclosed any shortcomings, so you have basically asked if we want a perfect product. Well sure. But that never exists, and I seriously doubt your new concept comes without trade-offs or shortcomings.

Backpackers want to understand their gear, to know how it works in order to have confidence that it will in fact work. Your concept is a "black box" -- somehow something valuable will happen with no explanation how, and seemingly no trade-offs to be made (and product cost is a trade-off). Your survey is an exercise in theory, which won't help you much towards your objective.


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Done.

Reading some of the critical input of others, I think they were being nice, so I will be, too.

Pretty ineffective survey. I have a CSW windbreaker meant for strolls through the park on a sunny, breezy, 62° day. I also have one meant for a cloudy, blustery, 18° day, too. My sister has a CSW hoody. If you drilled down on what we use our (insert brand name) jacket/coat for, you'd get a tighter, more accurate group.

And typically, we don't use 'jacket/coat' as a term for outerwear. Unless we're talking about our 'leather jacket' or our 'dress coat.'

I'd like to think you're asking whether or not this is a good poll, not whether you were looking for any real data gathering for a target group for the product.

Sounds like an interesting concept, though. I just couldn't figure out who you're talking to.


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