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About

The Adventure Roll becomes a welcome friend at the end of a long day!
The Adventure Roll becomes a welcome friend at the end of a long day!

This gear is inspired by urban living and the spirit of adventure beyond the city. Cotter Pin was founded by two artists in Red Hook, Brooklyn who were unable to find what they were seeking for outdoor motorcycle adventure gear. Being visual artists, Sean Gilligan and Justin C. Knapp were unsatisfied with the overall aesthetic of most motorcycle travel/camping gear and, very simply, decided to create exactly what they sought. After months of experimentation in prototype design, the first three products (shown and described below) were completed. The money from this campaign would allow for Cotter Pin's "launch products" - The Adventure Roll, Tool Book and Direction Wallet - to each be produced, marketed, and distributed.

Your donations will help cover the costs of (1) materials, including Martenex waxed cotton, leather and wool and (2) the labor required for the first round of production. 

The Cotter Pin Adventure Roll (waxed canvas and wool)
The Cotter Pin Adventure Roll (waxed canvas and wool)
The Adventure Roll (waxed canvas exterior and wool interior)
The Adventure Roll (waxed canvas exterior and wool interior)
Sleep on it or work on it, The Adventure Roll is a must have!
Sleep on it or work on it, The Adventure Roll is a must have!

The three prototypes include: (1) The Adventure Roll : this is a high quality multi-use "blanket" that is one side water-repellant Martexin waxed canvas - offering protection from the elements - and the other side high quality wool - offering warmth and comfort.  Along the edges are brass grommets, which allow for the blanket to quickly turn into a outdoor shelter, offering protection from a storm, wind or intense sun.  The Adventure Roll's original intended use was for those riding motorcycles and needing to stop to make quick repairs on the side of the road, take a nap, or get off the road quickly due to a storm. The Adventure Roll can also be folded and used as cushioning for your knees while working on your motorcycle.  Other uses include: picnics, stargazing, sleeping pad or keeping warm at the campsite. The inspiration for this design was the old fashioned bedrolls used by cowboys on the back of their horses.  The Adventure Roll will be available with or without grommets. 

Cotter Pin Tool Book (photographed during production)
Cotter Pin Tool Book (photographed during production)

(2) The Tool Book : This is a custom designed 4-panel, 2-fold Tool Book, with two leather straps which fasten and secure the contents inside. The Tool Book allows for easy storage and organization of the common tools utilized by motorcycle owners.  It is also made of Martexin waxed canvas and leather, allowing it to be durable under harsh weather conditions and suitable for outside-use.  Since each individual tool kit will vary, there is a zipper pouch for any miscellaneous items. 

The Direction Wallet (on tank)
The Direction Wallet (on tank)

(3) The Direction Wallet : The Direction Wallet provides a quick reference for motorcycle riders to refer to their route.  Riders can hand-write quick directions, print out a direction list or insert a map into the direction window, which magnetically attaches to the gas tank. When off of the bike, the Direction Wallet neatly folds into a compact wallet sized item, which is sealed closed by the magnets. Other uses include using the "direction" window for a "to-do" list, grocery list or hey, slap it on the refrigerator to say you'll be home for dinner. 

We are committed to using our own products in the way we intend them to be used. So, in order to understand them experientially, we are taking the Adventure Roll, the Tool Book and the Direction Wallet on a 6000 mile motorcycle trip across the northern part of the United States (see our route on the map below).  We plan to sleep outside every night, ride an average of 300 miles a day and Instagram/blog the entire trip, sharing our experiences. Since this gear is founded on principles of ruggedness and durability, we felt that a long trip was necessary to really test our products properly. By exposing ourselves and our products to the elements, the unexpected and the unforeseen, we are pushing ourselves to see how and where we can improve on our original designs. We plan to talk about our products to everyone we meet along the way and use the trip to raise awareness about our Kickstarter campaign. We ask you to share this with your friends, family and colleagues and anyone you feel might need to be reminded that life is, above all, "about the adventure".  

Recent product testing Cotter Pin Adventure 2013
Recent product testing Cotter Pin Adventure 2013
Cotter Pin Moto Camping on a recent Cotter Pin Moto Trip
Cotter Pin Moto Camping on a recent Cotter Pin Moto Trip

Risks and challenges

Production delays: Through the prototyping phase, we discovered the obstacles surrounding production schedules. The next round of production will be an opportunity to streamline production schedules for all three products and budget in some more realistic time buffers, based on our experience prototyping.
Access to our materials: Our main supplier for the waxed canvas, Martexin, has been in business over 100 years and is a reliable source for supplying our material. However, through our initial research and design development, we do have multiples sources to get this, if one supplier is back-stocked or oversold.

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