Thursday, June 6, 2013

Is Kickstarter changing the outdoor industry?

For those of you that aren't aware, Kickstarter is a website where creators of a prototype can make a plea via video, pictures and the written word for donations to help get a product into production. Donations are put into categories, and depending on how much you donate you get something. Maybe just a T - shirt for a $10 donation, or a version of the product for a higher price, or for something outlandish like $1000 a visit from the maker and a copy of the product. This is changing the world because if the 'group' - think internet community as a whole - likes a product you can get off the ground running. The bottle opener/key chain is just one item that is on kickstarter, but there are some amazing things coming from this one source. The Biolite stove was a kickstarter.

Here is a fuel cell to charge your phone or iPad in the back country.


My gut says this one isn't going to fly. As it looks like a stove when it is in use - they do say you cna cook while you charge. I think I would need to play with it.

I posted this on my facebook page a while ago, if they don't get bought by a major sleeping pad manufacturer soon, there is something wrong with the outdoor industry. This is brilliant.

You can also use Kickstarter to fund expeditions - which I am toying with - here is one by NOLS trying to help build a connection between the outdoors, and people who don't usually recreate in the outdoors.

and finally, this is brilliant. While I love my Kelty Noah's tarp, I am thinking about splurging on a NOLS Thelma fly. But while I was thinking about that. This popped up.

Yes, this is for over a hammock, which I will never do. But I am thinking you could use it as a regular tarp. Absolutely love the brilliance of collecting water off the tarp. So the question remains, is kickstarter changing the outdoor industry?


  1. Johnny D. BurrisJune 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I think it is definitely changing the industry. Kickstarter gives a broader range of ideas/creations a chance to be developed. The big companies only have so much to spend on R&D. KS certainly seems poised to be part of the future of all industry.

    Like you, I want the new sleep pad technology now!! Brilliant!!!!

  2. Yes, I want both the sleeping pad; and, the tarp to replace the silnylon trap on my Hennessy Hammock.

  3. The thing that amazes me, is that is just four items. there are SO many more.