Impressive Hydrophobic Shirt (Silic)

Silic was the first Kickstarter I ever backed (check out what their kickstarter page was like here) and it took about a year for them to get the product shipped to me, but I am definitely impressed by it’s ability to repel liquids. Check out a video of me testing it out with honey, soy sauce, and water.

I tried hot coffee later too and while it did mostly bead off, it left some residue that I had to use water to get off after (supposedly this is due to it being a hot liquid).

The creator had some troubles with his distribution and production which is what led to it taking about a half year longer than expected, but kept updating the backers with detailed information on the process and this ultimately kept his reputation steady despite the delay.

Notes the product as it stands today:

  • Try not to spill hot liquids on it in huge quantities. (If you do, just through on some water and try and pat out the liquid. The water helps to dilute whatever might be kind of sticking to the shirt.)
  • It will soak up water if you submerge it in liquid, but will bead off again as it dries.
  • The stitching does not seem to be the same sort of material and could possibly retain colored liquids (some of the soy sauce I tested got into the stitching, but after I rinsed off the shirt with a lot of water I could not see any staining)
  • It does seem to be a little thing (the white would definitely show my skin if I didn’t have an undershirt)
  • The collar isn’t a normal stretchy color, so don’t pull on it too much.
  • Unfortunately, you can only pre-order for a Winter 2015 batch currently.

Thoughts on Kickstarter:

  • Whatever money you put into a Kickstarter, you should be okay with the possibility of not recouping anything from it (although this doesn’t happen often if you choose good projects)
  • They provide you with tips for considering a kickstarter like the founder’s reputation, history, how well their business model seems to be set up, etc.
  • It’s a great way to assess the market for the product you are creating.
  • Great way to build publicity for a product that you plan on creating.
  • Why take out loans or sell equity in your company to investors when you can take pre-orders? (which is essentially what most of the rewards are)

If you want to pre-order one of these shirts, go to the Silic Shirts site