Less than two weeks after launching its second Kickstarter campaign the new version of its famous jacket, Chicago-based startup BauBax has successfully secured more than $1.1 million. The campaign was launched earlier this month and quickly raised its initial $50,000 funding target in the first 24 hours.
As previously reported, BauBax 2.0 features notably include the main zipper with a small pen/stylus attached (for customs forms), earbud holders, multiple tech gadget pockets, a secret RFID safe pocket, a drink pocket and built-in gloves. The jacket has specially-sized storage pockets for passports, wallets, tablets, smartphones, earphones, sunglasses, portable battery chargers and water bottles. The water bottle comes with a carabiner. BauBax also reported that the BauBax 2.0 is a versatile, stylish and functional jacket for busy people for all activities including daily commutes, hiking, weekend fun and everyday use. The jackets are offered for both men and women in four styles: vest, bomber jacket, sweatshirt, and windbreaker.
According to BauBax, the new BauBax 2.0 was created “by travelers for travelers” and is designed to solve common travel problems and make every journey smoother. Hiral Sanghavi, Co-founder and CEO of BauBax, recently shared:
“I’ve always found traveling cumbersome and harder than it should be, from fumbling around at security, to looking for a pen for customs forms, or trying to hold a drink when my tray table is occupied by a laptop. With BauBax 2.0 Travel Jackets, travelers will find they have everything they need to enjoy their trip and get the sleep they crave.”
BauBax’s first crowdfunding campaign was originally launched on Kickstarter and following the closing of the Kickstarter round, BauBax migrated to Indiegogo InDemand to continue the sales. Both campaigns combined attracted more than $11.6 million. Although popular, the BauBax team received criticism following their first Kickstarter after some backer comment issues, with one previous backer named at Dawson, creating a Facebook page to share BauBax reviews. She questioned the validity of the BauBax product and their poor customer service led her to notice that some comments were being deleted on the Indiegogo comment page – a feature that was reportedly disabled late 2014. Despite these previous issues, the jacket remains popular and has attracted more than 6,000 backers to the new campaign.
The latest Kickstarter round is now set to close on April 15th.
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