Furnace Looking to Finish Strong on Kickstarter Campaign

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Goal of $25,000 Nearly Reached

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Portland, ME - Furnace, a cold-water equipment company inspired by the frigid waters of northeast US, is in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of its generation two Response Dry Glove. With 205 backers and $22,500 pledged, Furnace is only $2,500 away from reaching its goal. The campaign ends April 24, 2015 at 9:30AM ET.

“Plowing through snow banks to catch a few waves is for the dedicated. So is whitewater kayaking at the start of the snow melt or stand-up paddle boarding when a hood, gloves, and booties are required,” said Yona Belfort, Furnace Co-Founder. “That's why we created the Response Dry Glove—a grippy, featherweight latex glove that goes over a fleece liner, all sealed at the wrist.”

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Furnace’s new Response Dry Glove is the same stretchy, dexterous dry glove as generation one, however features an improved anatomical design for better circulation and an upgraded, high-quality Polartec fleece liner. It also has a bite valve on top for blowing warm air into the gloves and purging it when it gets cold.

“Not only does our glove have improved dexterity over other gloves on the market, it allows users to paddle for much longer without getting fatigued by soggy neoprene gloves,” said Belfort. “From kayaking to surfing, paddleboarding to kitesurfing, we haven't found a cold-water sport these gloves aren't good for.”

About Furnace 

Furnace, based in Portland, Maine, is a cold-water equipment company inspired by the frigid waters of the northeast US. Co-founded by Yona Belfort and Sam Palmer, after graduating with masters degrees from Stanford together, Furnace was built on the duos' engineering degrees and, collectively, over a decade of product design experience at the innovation consulting firm IDEO. Belfort, a cold-water surfer, led the team that created Quiksilver's Cypher Massive Boardshort worn by 11 time world champion Kelly Slater. Palmer, an inventor and year-round Northeast surfer, helped to develop the first Patagonia surfboard. www.furnacelab.com

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