A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The SHEL is now available in these three colors. We put out a survey not long ago and these were the three most popular color, in order of popularity: Nile Blue, Viridian, and Santa Fe.
This part is for the engineers out there. We coded an optimization platform to help us design the product. It takes things like outside temperature, material, geometry, and heat transfer dynamics into account. Then the code runs and spits out a design optimized for light-weight use. Pretty cool, right? You are seeing the nerdy side of the team that we don't show much...
Caleb went hammock camping in July, 2016 and froze. He noticed that the other hammock gear available to warm your backside is bulky, complicated, and expensive. Caleb drew out some early designs, talked to Casey, and the two of them set out to create the SHEL. They engineered several prototypes, tested their designs with customers, and have honed the hammock shelter to be truly remarkable.
In March, 2017, their design and prototypes won them BYU's prestigious Student Innovator of the Year Award. They invested all of the prize winnings into equipment and prototypes. That's how Khione Outdoor Gear got started.
Since then, they have been privileged to bring on several other student team members with backgrounds in business strategy, marketing, sewing, graphic design, web development, and so forth. They have formed a gritty, low-budget dream team with high ambitions, a lot of brains, and a love for adventure.
And they also made some cool promo videos! Check them out here:
PLEASE CONTACT US. We want to work with you to make the SHEL as amazing as possible. Your feedback is very helpful.
Special thanks to Zach Nuttall Photography for help with the highlining photo (previously at the top of the page, now below) and the two SHEL videos posted directly above.
- Ultralight and durable At 10' 6" long and 6' 3" wide (126" x 75"), Khione's Ultralight Advanced 210T Nylon is rapid drying, UV resistant, and mildew resistant, providing a tough, flexible, support while maintaining ultralight status for serious backpackers.
- Double hammock dimensions for a comfortable diagonal lay for a comfortable nights sleep
- SUPERIOR TREE STRAPS AND CARABINER: Two 10' straps (120") with 15 loops each make the Khione Suspension System superior to cheap parachord or braided nylon while our lightweight rust-proof wire-gate carabiners (12 Kn—these can hold 2000 lbs.) are 4x stronger than traditional carabiners (we use it ourselves, so we want to trust it 100%).
- Advanced Triple Stitched Hammock Straps easy setup, adjustment, and storage.
- Every Hammock is hand-inspected for blemishes in the nylon-triple stitching so we can stand 100% behind our hammocks.
Risks and challenges
We have no ties or obligations to anyone but our backers. As such, we will fulfill our orders to our backers as we have stipulated. We have many manufacturers that we are currently vetting to make sure the highest quality product will be delivered. The only risk will be a slight delay in time if we receive overwhelming feedback to add additional features or to make some modifications to the design so that our backers get what they desire. This will be clearly communicated with our backers via email and the Kickstarter page before any changes are made.
We are offering an exclusive Khione Tee to backers like you. For every $19 you add to your pledge, we'll throw in another Tee. Thank you so much for your support! Free shipping.
Color options are definitely available -- we just need to know which colors you like best. We'll send out a survey as we get going.
This is the reward for you! Help us get the ball rolling with this incredible super early bird price. You save over 50% off the retail price of $179!!
There are color options with the SHEL. We'll send out a survey to see what options you all like best.