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This innovative, ultralight shelter protects you from all weather conditions and replaces your other gear. Leave the bulk behind.
This innovative, ultralight shelter protects you from all weather conditions and replaces your other gear. Leave the bulk behind.
This innovative, ultralight shelter protects you from all weather conditions and replaces your other gear. Leave the bulk behind.
580 backers pledged $94,179 to help bring this project to life.

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The SHEL: Ultralight Hammock Shelter by Khione Outdoor Gear

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Proof of Concept

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

 

 

                      

 

  

  

 

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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. 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

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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...

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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.

Website: khioneoutdoorgear.com

Facebook: Khione Outdoor Gear

Instagram: @KhioneOutdoor

Twitter: @KhioneOutdoor

Email: khione.marketing@gmail.com

Press Kit

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.

 

 

 

Hammock Details: - 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.

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    Khione Tee

    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.

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    Super Early Bird – the SHEL (50% off)

    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.

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    Early Bird – the SHEL (33% off)

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    Super Early Bird – Bundle Deal (41% off)

    Get the SHEL bundled with a Khione branded hammock, straps, and carabiners (a $239 value)

    Includes:
    • the SHEL
    • Tension Line
    • Double Hammock
    • Tree Strap
    • Caribiner
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    the SHEL (22% off)

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    Early Bird – SHEL Bundle Deal (28% off)

    Get the SHEL bundled with a Khione branded hammock, straps, and carabiners, all for the price of a SHEL (a $239 value)

    Includes:
    • the SHEL
    • Tension Line
    • Double Hammock
    • Tree Strap
    • Caribiner
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    2 Super Early Bird SHELs

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    SHEL Bundle Deal (18% off)

    Get the SHEL bundled with a Khione branded hammock, straps, and carabiners, all for the price of a SHEL (a $239 value)

    Includes:
    • the SHEL
    • Tension Line
    • Double Hammock
    • Tree Strap
    • Caribiner
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    2 SHELs

    Get 2 SHELs at 30% off retail

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    • Caribiner
    • Tension Line
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    2 Super Early Bird Bundle Deals

    Get two bundle deals at the super early bird price including the SHEL, hammock, hammock straps, and 2 carabiners.

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    3 Super Early Bird SHELs

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    2 Bundle deals

    Get 2 Bundle Deals (SHEL package plus hammock package) at 30% off retail

    Includes:
    • the SHEL
    • Caribiner
    • Double Hammock
    • Tension Line
    • Tree Strap
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    4 Super Early Bird SHELs

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    3 SHELs

    Get 3 SHELs at 30% off retail

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    3 Super Early Bird Bundle Deals

    Get three bundle deals at the super early bird price including the SHEL, hammock, hammock straps, and 2 carabiners.

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    3 Bundle Deals

    Get 3 Bundle Deals (SHEL package plus hammock package) at 30% off retail

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    • 12× Caribiner
    • Double Hammock
    • Tension Line
    • the SHEL
    • Tree Strap
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    4 Bundle Deals

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    • Double Hammock
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    • the SHEL
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    10 SHELs Ultimate Deal

    Get 10 SHELs at 35% off retail!!

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    10 Bundle Ultimate Deal

    Get 10 Bundles at 35% off retail!!

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    • 40× Caribiner
    • 10× Double Hammock
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