2017 Generation 5 Hibermate is about to arrive...
Posted by Chris Thomas on April 21, 2017. 14 Comments
I know it's been ages since I last posted an update. It was a very busy end to 2016 and an intense start to 2017 behind the scenes here at Hibermate HQ.
Frankly, the 2016 Gen 4 Hibermate I released late last year wasn't well received by customers at all.
Look, some customers thought it was a great improvement but a good proportion were a bit 'iffy' about the new direction using a wide band with single slot ear cups.
Our return-rates leaped and our reviews suffered a bit on Amazon and Facebook.
We've taken a bath on revenue and reputation!
The wide single band that I thought would be a great step forward, turned out to be a step in the wrong direction.
All drama aside...
The last 3 months I've been working with the team to bring back the Generation 3 model with 2 straps - but with minor improvements at every level to create Gen 5.
"...sometimes you feel like you're taking 2 steps backwards for every 1 step forward..."
Anyway, I'm really happy with the 2017 model:
- The straps are awesome
- The adjustability is super easy
- The mask is even more comfortable
- The ear cushions are softer
- The ear cups are smoother, silkier and reduce more sound
Every aspect of a design that was great in the Gen 3 has been improved to make this edition, the 2017 Generation 5. the best Hibermate ever (I hope!)
Lesson learned in the last 12 months?
Don't mess with a successful formula.
Here are some shots of the production sample I have on my desk...
Above: all new mask and embossed silicone ear cups... The silicone is especially coated and smooth meaning it doesn't stick to the pillow and doesn't attract dust and lint. Much easier to keep clean and looking fabulous! They're also more effective at reducing sounds than the previous 2016 model EVA ear cups, and they're softer!
Above: To help with adjustability, we've used 'e-hooks' which clip on and off the mask and allow for much easier adjustment and assembly. The straps are also much softer as well as being tons more durable.
Above: a close-up of the new 'e-hook' clasp...
Above: another close-up showing how easy it is to adjust. The mask will fit all large head-sizes no problem. Not suitable for small kids or small head sizes though sorry!
Above: the ear cushions are also more padded, 3mm 'higher' and the opening (or center hole) is bigger to accommodate more ear sizes.
Above: Hope you like it as much as we do!