John Florence Test Pilot Poster Repeat

An Elite Wear-Testing Program

It started with a simple idea: get gear in the hands of our community, gather intel on its performance through wear-testing, make the gear better, repeat. Since then, our member wear-testing program has evolved into something much greater than we could have ever anticipated – a real community. 

The program, much like the products we’re testing, is a constant work in progress. With your help, we’re looking to improve the Florence Test Pilot program with every cycle.

John Florence putting together his Florence Impact Suit before the Eddie Invitational

JOHN JOHN FLORENCE

[ FOUNDER & ORIGINAL TEST PILOT / OAHU ]
Map of Test Pilot locations

TEST PILOTS IN THE FIELD

A GLOBAL R&D COMMUNITY

TEST PILOTS INFORMING RIGOROUS PRODUCT STANDARDS

JOHN JOHN FLORENCE

Founder and Original Test Pilot
North Shore, Oahu

RYAN MOSS

Climber & Photographer
Oahu

TOA PERE

Long Distance Paddler & Surfer
North Shore, Oahu

MADDIX ALOTIS

The Next Generation of North Shore Watermen
North Shore, Oahu

ERIK KNUTSON

Head of Cinematography, Parallel Sea
North Shore, Oahu

KAIWI BERRY

Shark Diver and Outer Reefs Charger
North Shore, Oahu

Florence Test Pilot: Toa Pere

TOA PERE

[ LONG DISTANCE PADDLER & SURFER / OAHU ]

HOW TO BECOME A TEST PILOT

CYCLES + HOW TEST PILOTS ARE SELECTED
Bi-monthly (6x per year) is our Test Pilot cycle cadence. The gear is always different, and it can be either a prototype or an existing piece of equipment we may be looking to improve. 

A question we get often is: how are Test Pilots selected? It isn’t a science, and each cycle is different, but there are some requirements and certain things we look for in potential candidates.

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN
- You must be a Florence member
- You must have applied to be part of the Test Pilot program.

THINGS WE LOOK FOR
- A passion for the outdoors and/or sport. 

- Being an engaged member of our social community, or the Florence Discord. 

- Members who’ve left multiple, thoughtful reviews on our gear.

- Legends who absolutely send it.

From there, our selection process is fun. We narrow down candidates, get insight and recommendations from our founder John Florence, and we select the crew. 

If you’re not selected, the good news is you don’t have to apply again – you’re already in the pool and will be considered each cycle.

Test Pilot Cycle 006: Primaloft Zip Jacket

CURRENT CYCLE

The current cycle of global test pilots covers several disciplines consisting of water rescue first responders, fishing guides, climbers, big wave surfers, active military and more. They are testing protoypes of the Primaloft Jackets in all conditions and providing feedback to our design & development team to inform the future production of this essential piece of gear.

PAST TEST PILOT CYCLES

Test Pilot Cycle 005: Airtex Kit

February 2023

Test Pilot Cycle 004: Burgee Boardshort

July 2022

Test Pilot Cycle 003: Expedition Shirt

June 2022

Test Pilot Cycle 002: 3-Layer Waterproof Shell

February 2022

Test Pilot Cycle 001: Airtex Short

November 2021

Test Pilot Cycle 000: Windshield

June 2021

Test Pilot Maddix Alotis Pig Hunting

MADDIX ALOTIS

[ PIG HUNTER, OUTER REEF CHARGER, SPEARFISHERMAN / OAHU ]