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2017 Generation 5 Hibermate is about to arrive...

Posted by Chris Thomas on April 21, 2017. 4 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.

Our return-rates sky-rocketed and our reviews suffered 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.

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:

  1. The straps are awesome
  2. The adjustability is super easy
  3. The mask is even more comfortable
  4. The ear cushions are softer
  5. 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.

Lesson learned in the last 12 months?

Don't mess with a successful formula.

New 2017 Generation 5 Hibermate Sleep Mask

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 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 I do!


I actually liked the general idea of the 2016 model. My only problems with it is that it’s too small for me. I have a big head and big ears, therefore it’s not comfortable on my eyes, nor ears. If both were bigger, I’d have a winning set. I’ll still try the 2017 model, though. I have a feeling it’ll suffer the same fate as models before the 2016 model, whereas the straps will wear out in 6 months. I haven’t had that problem yet with my 2016 model.
Posted by Josh on April 26, 2017
The e-hooks look workable. We like the head fit with the two strap system. Even with the more difficult adjustment on Gen 3 it was once and done – we did not have to fiddle with it once it was initially adjusted.
Posted by NSum on April 25, 2017
Having been a customer since the first one, I’ve always been a fan, until you went to the two strap system, even the first ones had a single Velcro fastening. It was most welcome when you went back to it with the last gen. now your going backwards :( is there anyway of offering the new generation one with a single elastic strap as well? That way people can choose which one they prefer.
Posted by Steve B on April 25, 2017
I think I will buy new one anyway but I afraid of return of straps. It was so difficult to adjust them. Hope you solve that issue.
Posted by Mark on April 22, 2017

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