About this project
A Better Chalkbag- HULA & KANGAROO
Update: An Extra Reward
If we reach $20,000, we will offer custom color waist belts in a choice of 7 colors as an extra reward to thank all our Kickstarter supporters. You won't have to pay anything extra, but you'll be able to select any of the following colors:
"Even if you don't usually use a chalkball, you gotta try this - it's just a better way to chalk up." - Deng-Jong
"When you're climbing a roof with these chalkbags, you don't have to worry about anything falling out." - Yanyi
"Dude that chalkbag is sweet!" - Van
Every climber knows how important chalk is, yet up till now - there have been shortcomings with existing chalkbag designs.
Loose chalk gives uneven coverage - you get chalk caked on your fingers yet there's not enough on your palms.
Loose chalk is also a mess - a lot of it ends up on the ground or blown into the air -- a waste and not environmentally friendly whether you're outdoors or in the gym.
Chalkballs are an improvement, but they're not perfect. They move around so they're not always where you want them, and they fall out easily.
That's why HANCHOR has come up with a new kind of chalkbag. By integrating a chalksock, you get the benefits of a chalkball - a perfect layer of chalk all over your hand - without the issues.
Chalk Up Better
- Chalksock is designed to fit hands big and small
- Fabric chosen to dispense chalk with just a light touch
- HULA features 360 degree chalksock for chalk no matter where you grab it
- KANGAROO features dual mode chalkpouch that can switch from chalksock to free chalk mode
Better Than a Chalkball
- Always in the same easy-to-reach place - no hunting for a chalkball
- Won't fall out no matter what happens
- Easier to fill than a chalkball
Clean & Green
- No chalkdust in your belayer's eyes
- Throw it in your bag without chalk getting everywhere
- Saves you chalk
Select use of 420D CORDURA and YKK water-resistant zipper
Select use of waterproof zipper keeps chalk inside HULA, making it convenient to pack and environmentally friendly.
HULA is the perfect chalkbag for the all around climber, at home either bouldering or sending routes.
Incorporating an internal 360 degree chalk sock, chalk is available to you at all angles - you won't have to dig around for it in the heat of the moment, whether tackling that redpoint crux or crushing during a comp.
The HULA's grab-anywhere design means it's equally at home used chalk bucket-style for bouldering or on your back while sport climbing.
Big zippers on the outside make the HULA easy to fill up while the integrated chalksock design means you'll never have to worry about chalkballs falling out.
How to Use HULA
Hula at the Crag
KANGAROO is a versatile dual mode chalkbag for the dedicated route climber. The KANGAROO's integrated chalkpouch is designed to concentrate the chalk right where you need it while climbing.
Hitting the gym? Use the KANGAROO in chalksock mode and you'll get a perfect layer of chalk each time with no dust in the air or in your belayer's eyes.
Heading outdoors? When conditions are bad and you need all the chalk you can get, just switch KANGAROO into regular chalkbag mode and grab all the loose chalk you need.
How to Use KANGAROO
Mode 1 -Built-in chalk sock
Mode 2 - Loose chalk mode
KANGAROO at the cliffs
We first came up with the concept in 2011. Various prototypes went through multiple rounds of testing and refinement. We adjusted the design, the position and size of the chalksock to be in the right place for your hands, the zippers, the attachment system for the Kangaroo, the fabrics used in the chalksock to give just the right amount of chalk... Long story short, a lot of thought and testing went into these bags.
Taiwan? Thailand? China?
Taiwan is a high developed East Asian island country famous for tea with bubbles, Linsanity, and Oscar winning movies. Taiwan makes cool products at a high standard and is known for quality manufacturing.
Will I get enough chalk on my hands?
We've tested our bags and after trying a variety of cloths with different textures, we've found one that holds chalk well yet gives a LOT of chalk when you grab it.
I use a chalkball already. Why would I want HULA / Kangaroo?
We used to use chalkballs too. We still have them but don't use them anymore because our new chalkbags honestly work better.
If you have a chalkball now -- try our new chalkbags and if you don't think it's better, return it and we will give you a full refund.
Do you to ship to xxx?
Yes! For Kickstarter only we are offering free shipping-- Worldwide!
What if I don't like it?
We've tested our new chalkbags with users around the world and gotten great feedback so we are confident in the quality of our bags. If, however, you decide these chalkbags are not for you, simply send them back within 30 days of receipt, and we will give you a full refund on the chalkbag, no questions asked.
Rewards (Kickstarter Special )
Urban Climbing Series is a set of 5 packs designed for the modern climbing lifestyle. (excludes Caldera huge, Caldera and "chalk bag")
HULA and KANGROO were initially just ideas floating in Syoten's head but multiple stages of in-house prototypes, testing, and adjustments were gone through.
During testing we solicited feedback from climbers around the world. The final product you see today is the end-result.
To provide these innovative bags at a reasonable price while keeping our standards for high quality, we need seed funding for our first major production run. We need your help to make HULA and KANGAROO a reality!
For medium scale production(under 300 units), the chalkbags will be produced in-house. We've been delivering outdoor-worthy backpacks, bags, and chalkbags for over a year now and know we can handle it. For larger scale production beyond 300 units we will work with a trusted manufacturing partner we've used in the past - we know they can produce a quality product.
The HANCHOR brand was created in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012. We've been delivering quality bags and packs to the local market in Taiwan for over year now and through Kickstarter we are hoping to expand overseas.
We have been designing and hand making bags for outdoor adventures since 2010, and our logo symbolizes a chalked hand with a solid grip on a hold. HANCHOR = Hand+Anchor, both of which keep us on the wall when we climb, and our mission is to design innovative, simple, and high-quality bags to hold your stuff for all your adventures.
Find out more about HANCHOR at Hanchor.com or visit our Facebook fan page
What We Do
Risks and challenges
We're confident we can make and deliver HULA&KANGAROO to a high standard, and testing shows our users love them.
Our biggest risk and challenge is breaking into the overseas market. HANCHOR is a relatively new but well loved and respected local brand in Taiwan. We hope that our quality and design will win us over with climbers around the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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