About this project
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I'm Erik Olson and I love hockey. I started playing as a wee mite, but stopped playing in organized leagues in high school. A few years ago I started playing again in a couple of beer leagues, so I had to go out and buy all new equipment. The one piece of gear that ended up blowing out inside of a year was my hockey bag. The seams tore and the fabric ripped in a couple spots, so I decided to go out and get a really nice bag that would last a long time to replace it.
After looking around for the perfect bag, it seemed like nobody was putting much effort into equipment bags. There were a lot of bags made from cheap materials. These bags looked like afterthoughts of large companies focused on their flagship sticks or skates. Then there were “pro” style bags that were essentially just duffle bags made from a durable material. These bags lacked any sort of features. No one was selling a bag constructed from the best materials combined with features tailored to beer league players.
I pitched the idea of creating a top shelf hockey bag to my friend Lars, an industrial designer with experience designing hard and soft goods for dozens of companies in the outdoor industry.
Enter the Mammoth IPA.
The most important element in a hockey bag is durability. None of the other features matter if the bag isn’t tough enough. We use a vinyl coated polyester truck tarp material for the exterior. The cut and sew shop we use for prototyping uses this same material for the bags it makes for a WHL pro team, which means it’s been tested under some pretty gnarly conditions. Piping along the seams gives the bag shape even when empty.
To make the inside of the bag nice and bright so you can actually find loose socks, pucks, etc in the cavernous interior, we are lining the bag with silver pack cloth. Not only does this brighten up the inside of the bag, it makes it even more durable.
In addition to the main gear compartment measuring 35”x18”x16”, the entire top flap of the bag is a zippered sleeve designed to stow a towel and change of clothes while separating them from the smelly gear below.
The zippered side pocket is a good place for stick and sock tape. Slide a shampoo bottle and water bottle into the larger pockets on both sides of the bag.
Within the gear compartment you will also find a small zippered storage pocket designed to hold your phone, wallet, keys, and other small valuables. This pocket has two zipper pulls to allow you to secure it with a small luggage lock.
We achieve great ventilation with the large mesh panels on the interior of the side pockets that allow air to freely flow into the bag. Grommets provide additional airflow on the ends and top of the bag.
Extruded aluminum handles provide comfortable handholds for hoisting the bag into a car, while tough metal shoulder strap clips and d-rings are made for the long haul. Production bags will also feature extruded aluminum zipper pulls to match the handles.
The Mammoth IPA is a beer league bag, so a bottle opener is essential equipment. In production the aluminum opener will be affixed to the 2” webbing on one of the main handles for easy access. Cheers!
We want to produce the Mammoth bags locally and were lucky to find a Spokane, WA based cut and sew shop with experience making large bags for the military and WHL pro hockey league. The cut and sew team understands exactly what it takes to build a bag that will see a lot of use and abuse.
We made an initial Mammoth IPA version 1.0 prototype and tested it in two beer leagues for two seasons each, plus morning pickup games, and plane travel to out of town tournaments. We then refined the features and construction and produced a version 2.0 prototype that we put through the same testing. At this point we have a final version 2.1 prototype in hand and are really happy with our design. We will only be making a couple of small cosmetic enhancements to the final production bags.
We found the bright yellow floor on v1.0 didn’t provide enough reflected light so we made the entire liner of the bag silver for v2.0
The bag holds its shape even when empty thanks to stiff piping we added to v2.0. We also upgraded the main material from a 10 ounce to 18 ounce weight.
We added grommets to the top flap for airflow and increased the size of the logo on v2.0 (not to mention adding the bottle opener).
We widened the handle strap placement on v2.0 to more evenly support the load and increase the size of the side pockets and ventilation.
Our initial ventilation concept had the sides of the side pockets open to increase airflow. In testing we found that we naturally wanted to jam shower supplies and water bottle in these pockets so we closed up sides while leaving the top open for ventilation in v2.0.
We ditched the plastic hardware from v1.0 and used metal hardware on v2.0.
The handle of v2.1 has a burly finished edge to prevent fraying.
A couple of nice additions to v2.1 are the shoulder strap pad and the inner pocket for wallet and keys.
Former NHL and current KHL player Mike Lundin will be receiving the first production Mammoth IPA for continued field testing.
We have invested a lot of time and money into getting the Mammoth IPA bag dialed in to its current state: a kickass prototype. If we meet our minimum fundraising goal, we will be able to go ahead with our first production run. Your investment will pay for labor and materials and allow us to manufacture the minimum quantities that our production partners require.
Erik Olson graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Chinese (of all things) and spent the next eleven years developing products for the bike industry. He is the co-founder of Portland Design Works, a bicycle accessory brand based in Portland, OR. He is still pissed that the North Stars moved to Dallas when he was fourteen years old.
Lars Huschke is a product designer based in Spokane, WA. He is the owner/operator of LK Studios and has designed everything from tents and backpacks to ski goggles and surfboards. He loves that Rod Stewart’s son plays for the Spokane Chiefs. Huschke and Olson have been collaborating on various products for 8+ years.
We Couldn’t Have Come This Far Without…
James Wilson, who shot and directed the video and did his best to edit out all of our stuttering. We are extremely happy that no expensive lenses were damaged by flying pucks.
The Portland Dead Guys hockey team, who put up with a camera all up in their business while trying to get dressed for a game.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in our supply chain and have plenty of experience in product manufacturing and order fulfillment. The only foreseeable glitch are delays with the flame laminating company creating our custom bag material for us. We built a pretty long time buffer into our estimated reward ship dates just in case we do encounter a delay with the material manufacturing.
While we have launched successful products in other industries, we are new to the hockey industry so we lack the media contacts to spread the word about Mammoth once the first production run in complete and we have stock to sell.
Our plan is to to reach out to hockey publications, forums, bloggers, and adult leagues across North America to find ways to partner and promote Mammoth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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