Launched in National Skin Cancer Action Week last year by three Sydney Dads, Crazy Arms is getting ready to help more families protect themselves from harmful UV this summer. With new styles designed by the kids, and new adult Crazy Arms so parents can protect themselves and model good behaviour, it’s been a busy 12 months.
Crazy Arms are UPF 50+ sleeves that can be worn with t-shirts, school uniform or sports uniforms to protect exposed arms during outdoor play. Designed by dads for Australian kids, Crazy Arms were created to take some of the stress out of the daily battle to get their kids to wear sunscreen.
“The good news was that the product we’ve created is really appreciated by parents and kids alike, “ explains Martin, one of the Founder Dads. “The light-weight
fabric works well, and the fact it is made out of recycled waste like ghost fishing nets is something kids and parents connect with.”
The team have learnt some simple lessons along the way. One was getting kids more involved on the designs. “Mermaids”, “Unicorns” and “Skulls” are the best sellers, but talking to the kids brought some new designs: “Camouflage”, a gaming-inspired “Techno”, and classic “Snowflake” have been added. Crazy Arms also ran a school design competition, with YR6 student Sienna’s “Rainbow” design being added as part of the range. “The event we ran in conjunction with the Cancer Council at the school assembly was a great success, and we’d love to work with more schools next year” added Martin.
Plain colours have also proven popular, especially for sports and school, and a Club Programme has been established for cricket and soccer clubs, as well as schools.
Adult sizes, introduced at the request of mums, have proven incredibly popular. “Black” and “Urban Grey” seem to hit the mark with the “athleisure” look for morning walks, and help avoid those t-shirt tan lines for mum’s and dad’s.
Next on the ‘to-do’ list is a pre-school size. The Crazy Arms team would love to hear from any local mum’s groups willing to help out with testing the porto-type fits for 3-4 year olds.
If you’d like to help out with the fit tests, or are interested in launching a design competition at your school, simply email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org.