Industrial - Honours
The Rheeo Dry Jacket is designed for kayakers in water temperatures that are less than 12˚C. Not only is it a fusion of the best features of a personal flotation device and a dry suit, but it also improves on both.
White-water kayakers that go out to rivers and oceans with water temperatures below 12˚C face a few issues. The most pressing is the possibility of cold shock, where the body is unable to properly react to sudden immersion to cold water, and if not prepared for, can lead to death. To combat this, they wear many layers of insulation, as well as thick life-vests to keep themselves afloat, at the expense of true comfort and flexibility.
Introducing, the Rheeo Dry Jacket. The Rheeo Dry Jacket is a revolutionary product that offers excellent insulation, protection, and flotation, far exceeding previous offerings to kayakers. It uses air cushions instead of foam slabs, and the exterior is made with world-leading Gore-Tex for the best insulation possible.
The jacket exterior is made from Gore-Tex, the world leader in textiles for harsh and extreme environments. It is incredibly durable against abrasions and impact force, perfect for white-water where kayakers may find themselves scraping or tumbling against hard, dangerous surfaces. It is also fully waterproof, ensuring the person stays fully dry, yet breathable, to vent sweat and keep the skin comfortable. Finally, the insulating properties of the Gore-Tex keep them warm and protected against the harsh cold.
The river pattern on the jacket exterior is made using thermochromic ink, a special ink that changes colour when a temperature changes. Some kayakers may be unaware of when temperatures can drop to hypothermic levels and take a toll on their body. The river pattern, therefore, will change colour to an icy white when the temperature drops. This gives the kayaker and their companions a visual cue, letting them know to keep alert.
Adrian is highly passionate about industrial design, aiming to create products and systems that can help make the world a better place for people. He is skilled in 3D modelling, rendering, and prototyping physically with cardboard and foam. In his free time, Adrian paints miniature soldiers, heavily inspired by his love for animated movies.