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About this project

We humans have evolved a lot over the last 10,000 years.  So why do we still climb on our cars like primates when tying down our boats?

The patent pending Click-Strap is the world's first self-latching tie-down strap for kayaks, canoes and sup's.  It has crazy-powerful magnets which locate and then close a stainless steel latch, instantly connecting your strap to your crossbar.  

Now you can secure your boat quickly and safely while retaining the dignity of a truly advanced species.

When its time to release your boat, simply loosen the strap, and pull the release rope.  The latch inverts and releases.

LATCH RELEASE
LATCH RELEASE

NERDERY

OK, I'm sorry.  This may be a bit boring for some of you, but for those of you engineer types (like me), here's some more of the nuts and bolts of this thing.

CROSS SECTION OF LATCH
CROSS SECTION OF LATCH

 

SLOW-MOTION LATCHING
SLOW-MOTION LATCHING

The Click-Strap is made in Bellingham, Washington.  All metal components are stainless steel, plastic is super-tough nylon, and magnets are neodymium.  The result is a product that compromises nothing when it comes to function, durability or safety.  

Below is an image of load testing.  The latch maxed out our load cell at 1000# - ten times the load rating for the system.  

MAXING OUT THE 1000# LOAD CELL
MAXING OUT THE 1000# LOAD CELL

Overall quality is a huge focus at Click-Strap.  Below are some close up images showing the level of finish on all components.

SATIN FINISH ON STAINLESS STEEL COMPONENTS
SATIN FINISH ON STAINLESS STEEL COMPONENTS

 

LATCH DETAIL
LATCH DETAIL

 

OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW

Injection molding and laser cutting are done here in Bellingham, but the final production takes place right here in our shop.  Below are some GIF's of our 50 Ton press earning it's keep.

SWAGING THE MAGNET IN PLACE
SWAGING THE MAGNET IN PLACE

 

BENDING THE ANCHOR BODY
BENDING THE ANCHOR BODY

The click-strap is designed to work with all types of small paddlecraft - canoes, kayaks, SUP's, surfskis, and outriggers, not exceeding 100 lbs. Please, with any carrying system, use bow and stern straps.

Important Note: the Click-Strap is configured for use with Thule rectangular cross bars and Yakima round cross bars.  Future releases will allow use with aero and other cross bars.

CONTOUR CRADLES

In developing and testing the Click-Strap, we found that there really was not a cradle system on the market which provided protection, security, stability and a customized fit.  Particularly for composite boats which can easily be damaged from concentrated point loads. Also, we wanted to create a cradle system which perfectly complimented the Click-Strap, creating a seamless user experience.

  • The shape of the cradle the perfectly matches your boat.  With the load distributed evenly, your boat experiences minimal stress.
  • The cradles provide the ultimate in lateral stability.  Your boat will be rock solid even in the strongest cross-winds.
  • Contour Cradles are conformable, so they can flex to fit a surprisingly wide range of boats.
  • Contour Cradles work with standard cam straps or with Click-Straps.
PERFECT MATCH WITH HULL SHAPE
PERFECT MATCH WITH HULL SHAPE

 

BOAT SLIDES EASILY INTO PLACE
BOAT SLIDES EASILY INTO PLACE

 

UNMATCHED STABILITY AND SECURITY
UNMATCHED STABILITY AND SECURITY

The Contour Cradles are best suited for use with composite boats or sups.  

The secret to the Contour Cradles is the customized fit to your boat.  But don't worry, it's not nearly as hard as it may sound.  Below is a video which gives an overview of the install process.  A full version is available on click-strap.com.

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PRODUCT STATUS

The Click-Strap and Contour Cradles have been tooled up and are ready for production.  The system has been tested to loads in excess of 10 times the load rating and production equipment has proven to be consistent and reliable.   We're offering the below rewards to allow us to ramp up manufacturing and validate the market size for our products.  If the Click-Strap or Contour Cradle looks like something that would improve your paddling experience, we would love the opportunity to make you a happy customer.

REWARDS

IMPORTANT NOTE:  CLICK-STRAPS AND CONTOUR CRADLES ONLY WORK WITH YAKIMA ROUND OR THULE RECTANGULAR CROSS BARS!  FUTURE VERSIONS WILL ACCOMMODATE OTHER CROSS BARS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

The folks at Deep Cove Outdoors in Vancouver BC saw an early prototype of the Click-Strap at a surfski race, and have been supporters ever since.  As a result, they already have product in stock and have offered to install 10 complete systems for free!

 

Risks and challenges

Risks for supporters are relatively low for this project. Tooling is complete, product is in inventory and domestic sourcing means short lead times.

Production capacity is an unknown but we have tried to stagger reward delivery to make sure expectations are met.

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    Click-Strap Sticker

    For a $5 pledge, you'll receive a Click-Strap sticker.

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    Click-Strap Flag Bag

    A bright orange bag emblazoned with the Click-Strap logo. Carry your click straps, and then use it as a warning flag on the back of your boat!

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    Conversion Kit

    For a pledge of $45, you will receive everything you need to convert your current cam strap into a one-sided Click-Strap. A $55 retail value.

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    Conversion Kit - Second Production Run

    For a pledge of $45, you will receive everything you need to convert your current cam strap into a one-sided Click-Strap. A $55 value.

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    One Sided Click Strap

    Your pledge of $55 gets you a complete one-sided click strap. See detailed rewards in the description. A $70 retail value.

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    One sided Click Strap - 2nd Run

    Your pledge of $55 gets you a complete one-sided click strap. See detailed rewards in the description. A $70 retail value.

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    Pair of Contour Cradles

    With a pledge of $70, you will get a pair of contour cradles with full mounting hardware. $85 retail value.

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    Pair of Contour Cradles - 2nd Run

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    Click Strap - Double Latch

    For a pledge of $80, you'll receive a click strap with a latch on both ends - just as shown in the video.

    This is a $99 retail value.

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    Click Strap - Double Latch - Second Run

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    Pair of Click-Straps - 35% OFF RETAIL

    For a pledge of $130, you'll receive a pair of click-straps with a latch on both ends - just as shown in the video. Also includes a free carry bag!

    This is a $199 retail value.

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    Pair of Click-Straps - Double Latch

    For a pledge of $160, you'll receive a pair of click-straps with a latch on both ends - just as shown in the video. Also includes a free carry bag!

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    Full Click-Strap Experience

    With a pledge of $220, you'll receive a pair of Click-Straps and a pair of Contour Cradles. You'll also receive a Click-Strap flag bag for free!

    The retail value for this reward is $250.

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    Full Click-Strap Experience - 2nd Run

    With a pledge of $220, you'll receive a pair of Click-Straps and a pair of Contour Cradles. You'll also receive a Click-Strap flag bag for free!

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    Full Click-Strap - FREE INSTALLATION

    Get your complete Click-Strap / Contour Cradle system installed for Free at Deep Cove Outdoors. This reward is exclusive to backers in the greater Vancouver BC area. You must pick up your reward at Deep Cove Outdoors - rewards will not be shipped.

    With a pledge of $220, you'll receive a pair of Click-Straps and a pair of Contour Cradles. You'll also receive a Click-Strap flag bag for free!

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