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Generally speaking, EDC stands for Every Day Carry-- the catch-all term for the set of gear that you carry around with you every day. ... Your pens, knife, billfold, flashlight, bottle opener, retractable key ring and key card holder, holster, tape measure, boxcutter, compass, flash drive, lighter... whatever. 

Courtesy, Wikipedia
Courtesy, Wikipedia

There's even a whole community of folks that share pictures of what they carry with other folks. 

The problem is, that depending on what you do every day, that load can become a bit of a burden for the run-of-the-mill leather belt.  

One of my old work belts. Lasted me about 9 months bartending 4 nights a week.
One of my old work belts. Lasted me about 9 months bartending 4 nights a week.

The problem with the leather belts that most people use, is that they are made from the kind of leather that tends to stretch. 

The fact is, that most belts are designed to keep your pants up while looking good enough to wear to the office-- and that's it.

To be fair, there are heavy duty belts that are up to the challenge of bearing military-grade loads, but these belts also make you look like Bobby-Tactical when you wear them to the office.

The Buckle:

Our EDC Belts proudly feature the 1.5” AustriAlpin Original Cobra Buckle.

AustriAlpin Cobra Buckles are precision machined from 7075 Aircraft aluminum and fitted with brass quick release switches.

Without a doubt, they are the ultimate load-bearing belt buckle.

They are rated to bear loads of 3000+ lbs without breaking or unintentionally releasing. Cobra buckles also feature a stainless steel tightening clasp that positively maintains the tension of your belt so it never stretches or loosens as you perform your duties. 

Also, the convenience of having a belt that disconnects with the push of a switch (and clicks in to reconnect) can not be understated. I appreciate the quick release and click-to-reattach features of the Cobra buckle more every time I use the restroom!

The 1.5" cobra buckle used is the the perfect size to prevent a fully-loaded belt from pulling out of your belt loops when the belt is disconnected.

The Design:

Our EDC belts are really two belts in one: a rigid inner belt for structure and comfort, and a thinner, adjustable hybrid leather/nylon outer belt to provide the tension and an aesthetically-pleasing appearance (below, upper left).

The inner belt and outer belt are attached in 3 key places, and each attachment place is sewn together with 7 total triple-stitched seams by heavy duty TEX90 nylon thread. Talk about structural redundancy!

Between these attachments, there are sections where the inner and outer belts are not connected (shown below). These sections allow the fixing of belt clips between the inner and outer belt. When your belt clip is secured between the two layers, it will be fixed there until you decide to move it.

If attaching any carry items inside the waistband, the belt clips will be supported by the rigid inner belt while being obstructed from view by the outer belt for greater concealability.

At the point where the inner belt ends meet, there is retention elastic to keep the belt properly aligned during vigorous activity.

The outer belt is adjustable over 3 inches in both directions to allow for the widest range of items that you can carry.

Also, this belt is sufficiently durable and long lasting that the possibility your waist may need a few more (or less) inches from your belt in a few years is worth considering!

The leather outer is made from special top-grain kid leather binding with a very tight grain structure. This variety of leather has high tensile strength and very high surface durability, so it becomes incredibly strong and durable when connected to the nylon outer belt webbing. 

Long story short, this belt is built to last a lifetime.

My roommate, an avid outdoorsman and sports shooter showed me an example of a load bearing belt he had recently purchased. He waited 10 weeks for it to ship from the manufacturer with no explanation as to why it was taking so long to arrive.

With my usual leather belt having recently busted on me, he was kind enough to lend it to me for a bit. 

After wearing it for a few days, I noticed all the cool features of belts of this type, but also became very aware of all the serious flaws in its design and materials choices. 

Having successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign last year for my bartender equipment business. I saw an opportunity to bring an Easier to use, More Durable, and supremely Comfortable belt to the market. 

Now that the ideal design has been achieved, the prototypes have been made and tested, my goal is to Kickstart this product so that I can put it in the hands anyone who needs a load-bearing, convenient, and stylish belt that will serve them for many years to come!

 Being the proprietor of a business that makes textile goods for bartenders, I have two industrial sewing machines at my disposal. I've also spent the past several months learning the finer points of sewing tradecraft, and have since mastered the skills to produce these belts quickly, attractively, and with extremely high quality results. Now I just need the working capital and exposure to take this concept and bring it to the masses!

The Kid Leather and the AustriAlpin Cobra buckles aren't cheap. To be able to offer more color options and to make this a profitable venture I need the working capital to book a high-volume wholesale buy from the manufacturer. 

Help me add more color options!
Help me add more color options!

I have been selling them for $100 each during the testing phase, and at this quality, they are worth it. However, $100 bucks for a belt is a bridge too far for many folks out there...  So my goal is also to get the price down to $85 with free shipping... so I need your help! 

Updated photos of color options!

White belt, matte black buckle
White belt, matte black buckle
White belt, gold buckle
White belt, gold buckle
White belt, polished aluminum buckle
White belt, polished aluminum buckle
White belt, bronze buckle
White belt, bronze buckle
White belt, elephant grey buckle
White belt, elephant grey buckle
White belt, metallic green buckle
White belt, metallic green buckle
Original black on black
Original black on black
Black and gold
Black and gold
Black with polished aluminum buckle
Black with polished aluminum buckle
Black with bronze buckle
Black with bronze buckle
Black with elephant grey buckle
Black with elephant grey buckle
Black with metallic green buckle
Black with metallic green buckle
Buckles: From left: Black, polished aluminum, bronze, gold, elephant grey, metallic green
Buckles: From left: Black, polished aluminum, bronze, gold, elephant grey, metallic green

So help me Kickstart this project and help me put a better belt around the waist of the world!

Note: All backers will receive a questionnaire at the end of the funding period to inquire about belt color, buckle color, and pants size. every belt will be custom fitted to your stated size. 

Thanks! Please post any questions in the comments section and I will respond immediately.

Some more pics!

Looks good enough to wear with dress clothes!
Looks good enough to wear with dress clothes!
Not just for the guys! Looks great on the fairer sex.
Not just for the guys! Looks great on the fairer sex.

Risks and challenges

In my past experience with kickstarter there were two major headaches caused by putting a product to market:

1) Supply Chain Issues:

Despite your best efforts, Murphy's law always applies. Someone will screw something up in your supply chain. The shipment will take too long. The wrong item may show up. It may show up damaged. It might not show up at all.

The only way to mitigate this potential is to conduct your business with Crystal Clarity. There is no such thing as too much communication when it comes to your supply chain and receiving those goods. The project has been discussed in detail with all supply partners and they are aware of my needs and expectations. The dialogue will continue throughout the Kickstarter process to avoid any funk-ups.

2) Manufacturing Funk-ups

The logistics required of the last project that I kickstarted were substantial, and the factory we chose to produce the items had a hard time handling all the ins and outs. The result was that they mishandled receiving the raw materials, lost many of the raw materials, cut the wrong fabric requiring us to order more at our expense, and more.

The simple solution to avoiding these kinds of issues is to either supervise production personally, or to actually make the items yourself.

I've decided to take the latter route: I'll be making your belts personally.

If the total volume of belts ordered is 200 or less, I'll absolutely be able to produce all the belts within the time frames listed in the rewards section. In the case that this project catches a fire and we sell more than 200 units, I have a second industrial sewing machine at the ready and a network of capable seamstresses ready to step in and rock out as many of these belts as we can possibly sell (under my supervision, with me personally handling the final assembly and quality control). If we manage to sell more than 500 units, there will be ample profit to purchase a 3rd machine and really crank out some belts!

The beauty of this project is all the infrastructure and human resources are in place. With the working capital that a successful campaign will provide we can push the button!

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    Every little bit helps! Each contributor at the $1 level will get a spiffy AustriAlpin Transparent window sticker to represent how awesome these buckles are!

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    Early Bird Special!
    Get your EDC Belt at a sweet discount! The first 20 supporters get locked in at a great price, and your belt will ship within 3 weeks of the successful funding of our project!

    Choose your buckle: Matte Black, Elephant Gray, or Coyote Brown
    Choose your leather belt color: Matte Black, Chocolate Brown, Medium Brown, or White.

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    Slightly-less Early Bird Special!
    You're ahead of the curve! For that we'll give you a nifty discount on our retail price!

    Also, we can guarantee that your belt will be produced and shipped within 4 weeks of the successful funding of our project!

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    Kickstarter Special!
    You found out about the project a little later than the others... No biggie! We still love you and want to give you a great deal on our amazing belts (with free shipping!) for your support!
    The early bird supporters will ship first, and supporters at this level will be made and shipped in the order received before the end of July 2014.

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    Like what you see, but want a completely customized look? At this level we will immediately contact you upon successful funding to start the process of creating a one-of-a-kind EDC Belt. Ostrich leather? We can Do that. Gator or Snakeskin? We can do that. Please be aware that additional costs may be involved depending on the options you seek. Delivery times may depend on availability of specialty materials, but this level receives first priority. Feel free to message us about your concept before committing and we can determine feasibility and approximate cost.

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    Besides being a product development pro, Mike also happens to be one of the best event bartenders around. At this level Mike will bartend your private event, handle the the logistics (ingredients, glassware, service plan, etc...) for an event of up to 50 guests. Custom drink creation services available, as well as set themed menu. This reward level covers only what's mentioned above... you buy booze and all related expenses. Available in King County, Washington State, or elsewhere with additional T&E. Send Message to inquire in more detail.

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Funding period

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