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$2,249 pledged of $15,000 goal
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About

I started this journey about 2 years ago and to have a finished product in hand is a huge success to me. This comes after many prototypes and modifications to get the perfect product. Much of this was spent finding high quality products that will fit perfectly into the buckle compartment. The first prototype was functional and had great features however we quickly realized the buckle was too bulky. I wanted a sleek modern look and set on with the mission of finding the right products for this new sleek design. 

Today I hold one finished product in hand. The necessity survival items inside the fully equipped buckle include:

  • Grade AA Button Compass
  • Folding Razor Knife
  • Titanium Whistle
  • Ferrocerium Rod
  • Dog Tag Signaling Mirror
  • Micro Flashlight
  • Two Tinder Tabs
  • 6ft of 3 strand Kevlar Cordage
  • Mini Fishing Kit
  • One 3/4" x 6" Duct Tape
  • Safety Pin
  • Two Water Purification Tablets
Fully Equipped Buckle
Fully Equipped Buckle

The Buckle is 3" x 1 3/4" and the compartment has a depth of 3/8". 

The belt itself is 40" in length and can be adjusted by simply cutting it and singing the end with a lighter. It is made of 1 1/2" extra stiff scuba webbing so it will not sag or fold under the stress of gear.  

With your support I will be able to make this dream come to life. I hope you will consider pledging! 

Risks and challenges

I have invested over $7,000 to date and am ready to get the belt into production. The purpose of this kickstarter is to help bring this dream to life. I have the templates and molds made and have been working closely with the manufacturer on this project. The minimum order for production is 3,000 buckles and a 3 months time for product production.

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    Founders Club

    As a member of the founders club you will receive updates on new products in production and a Prep-Packs bumper sticker to show your support!

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    Receive constant updates on our product production and a Prep-Packs logo patch.

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    Basic Buckle

    For this pledge you will receive one of our durable empty buckles and belt. You will receive this item at a this pledge amount just as a thank you for being a backer.

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    Full Belt Early Bird Special

    Be the first to receive our full belt buckle and strap including the fully equipped buckle.

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    Full Belt and Empty Belt

    Receive 1 fully equipped belt buckle and strap and 1 empty buckle and strap.

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    2 Fully Equipped Belts

    Receive 2 Fully Equipped Belts!

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    Full Backer

    Fully support our mission and you will receive 2 full belt buckles, our logo patch and a T-Shirt.

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Funding period

- (60 days)