Hey Groove Nation,
We spent the last month testing the vest. Overall, a lot of the issues we had in the past were fixed.
The factory workers have returned from Chinese New Year, and they're reviewing the sample feedback as we speak! I'm hoping to get their feedback and any additional questions this week.
Sample Review + Next Steps
Wire Length - Confirm there is enough wire slack. The right speaker stopped working after I stretched the arm hole in the vest. This was an issue with an earlier sample, so parts of it were fixed, and more length is needed. This should be an easy fix.
Heat Shrink - This will help increase the durability of your vest. It looks like they didn't heat up the heat shrink (not shrunk around the wires) and they should use double wall heat shrink for better seal. Another quick fix.
Buckle/Webbing - Everything aesthetically is wonderful, but the buckle does not stay in place, so when it is secured and pulled on, it comes loose... could be a bad buckle or we need thicker webbing.
The waterproof seal seems to be holding up great (Charles had it underwater for 1 week with no issues). I'm just waiting for the weather to warm up so I can take it out to surf the river wave.
More to come next week,
Gus + The Groove Team
P.S. If you want to chat, just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you!
A lot of you are asking about timeline. We'll know for sure after they make a perfectly working production sample. I'd bet they can get the sample made and returned to us in March (and I'll confirm this with you after talking with the factory). Then we'll get on the factory production schedule. Past conversations have estimated 4-6 weeks to make, 20-30 days to ship from China > US, and then the Groove team will be getting back together (after over a year without seeing each other... YIPPEE) to package and ship your vests. We should be able to do this in a day, and it'll probably take 5-8 days to get from Bend, OR to your place!