The Back Story:
One of the more common questions we receive here at Sprigs is, “How did you ever come up with the idea for Earbags?” Well, it’s a long story. To summarize, the inventor saw a need, we saw a great product and brought it to North America.
Interested in the full story? Then read on:
The 1994 Olympic Winter Games were held in Lillehammer, Norway, a place as cold as any other in the world. A Swedish man, Tom Natvig, was one of thousands who went to watch the events, which were mostly held outdoors. After two days, Natvig found his ears increasingly colder than the rest of his head, and set off downtown to find something to keep his ears warm.
“Do you have anything just for the ears, something without a band?” Natvig asked store owners. Disappointed by their answers, and the selection of dowdy earmuffs on the counter, Natvig’s frustration sparked the idea: a bandless earmuff – a product made especially for the ears, but without any bands or flaps. Something completely new that didn’t exist before.
Back to Sweden he went, and began painstaking development. A high quality fleece, he decided, and an ergonomic fit around the ear, would be key to a great bandless earmuff. And of course, it would have to stay on, snugly but comfortably.
Within a year, the Earbag was born: an exciting, completely revolutionary way to keep ears warm, the kind of thing that makes people say, “why didn’t I think of this?”
Natvig patented his ingenious product and began marketing it, and soon there were Earbags warming cold ears all over Scandinavia and Western Europe.
In 1998 an American Entrepreneur saw the product and knew immediately it would be a hit in the US, where invention is honored and progress rewarded. The company that is now Sprigs began selling Earbags in North America in cold weather area specialty shops and sporting goods retailers (and now owners of the North American patents).
It wasn’t long before the rest of the country caught on. As Official Licensees of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Earbags caught the national eye. Worn by Olympic athletes and celebrities alike (even Katie Couric remarked on the Today Show, “they’re toasty warm…and quite a fashion statement!”), Earbags were hailed by the The Wall Street Journal as the “second hottest selling souvenir at the Olympics.” The concept made sense: we have gloves for hands, and socks for feet, why not something for the ears?”
Available in sporty colors, fashion colors, and even animal prints, there are Earbags for everyone. Browse the categories below to find the right Earbags for you.