How many times have you been in the woods and realized your gear could be better, or even thought of new gear. In the past the result of these notions was a mass of duct tape and bungee cords hanging off the side of your bag. Without going into too much of a rant the Internet has made it possible to do better. Luckily for us there’s a whole lot of people taking advantage of this opportunity. Enter Kickstarter
From the Kickstarter site: “Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.” Long story short Kickstarter is how people are getting things done without the backing of a huge corporation, this includes making new outdoors gear.
We will be highlighting projects as they come up and hopefully testing some of the products. So if you hear of any projects or are starting a project yourself let us know firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime here are a few recent projects we like.
KAMMOK™ – Achieving nearly 14 times their funding goal the people behind KAMMOK have designed and developed a really nice camping hammock & strap system.
Capture Camera Clip – Another hugely successful project. The Capture Camera Clip looks to be the perfect solution for taking larger cameras hiking. (I am currently using and testing this product, a review is coming.)
Backcountry Boiler – This project has been featured everywhere and is one we wish we had gotten in on. It’s a chimney kettle, allowing you to boil water in under 5 minutes on found fuel (aka anything flammable), perfect for lightweight trips. Hopefully we can get ahold of one of these to test at some point.