About this project
The Vecto is a soft, 2 litres (68 oz), collapsible water container with a patent-pending dual opening system that allows for easy filling from a wide opening on one side and a narrow mouthpiece on the other, which can be used for drinking, water filtration systems or converting into a hydration system.
Anyone who has ever used a collapsible container with a standard narrow opening knows how frustrating it is to fill. If you have ever tried to fill one in the outdoors, it is doubly hard, since you need to find just the right flow of water to fill the container. We wanted a product that would make it easy to fill a water container outdoors while staying functional and usable.
The Vecto design has three main goals: easy to fill using the wide opening, easy to drink and filter using the standard narrow opening, and collapsible for easy carrying. The Vecto makes filling your collapsible container easy and quick, leaving you with more time to enjoy the outdoors and less time wasted on dealing with necessities.
The wide opening allows for the Vecto to be filled easily in any water conditions: running or standing water. You no longer need to find that perfect flow of water to fill your container, or improvise filling with a secondary vessel (and contaminating your cup) - just open the wide opening and scoop the water in seconds.
The dual opening design means that you are not bound by one method to treat water - you have the ability to adapt to conditions as they change. The standard soda bottle screw neck allows the use of Sawyer filters, or similar filters, while the wide opening means you can use a UV purifier or chemical treatment.
The Vecto is not just made to give you life-saving water in the backcountry; it can hold just about any liquid you might want - from cocktails to cold brews, the wide opening lets you mix things easily and add ice, tea bags, limes or anything else. Since it holds water in, it can also keep water out and be used as a dry bag: just put your things inside via the wide opening, seal with the slider, open the screw top to release air and close the cap.
* final weight for the Vecto is an estimate and could increase or decrease slightly with the final product.
Made from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), the Vecto is soft to hold but highly durable with a break point of 100kg (220lb). This means that you can toss it, drop it, crush it or stand on it (no idea why you would, but you could!) and it will stay with you. The TPU is naturally elastic, so even if your gear is one big jumble when stuffed in your bag, it won't break, just bend.
We want you to keep on using the Vecto for years, so we designed it to be easy to clean: just fit your hand (any size under XXL) in the container with some dish soap and a scruber, and give it a good clean. Even if you took it to the backcountry for some nasty water treatment, you can wash it easily at home and load up with your favorite cocktail for the next picnic with no worries.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is not only bad for you, it is also illegal in kids' water containers and we want you to be able to make sure your kids are hydrated safely, too! The Vecto is made from BPA free, FDA approved TPU, so you can drink in peace.
The cost to make something tends to be a fixed cost: making the Vecto will have a set cost no matter where it is sold. When something is sold in a retail store, everyone along the way needs to make some money - the factory, the brand, the distributor, the retailer. All those entities along the way roll that cost on you, the customer.
At Cnoc Outdoors we believe that gear should be accessible, not over priced, so we sell our gear straight to you, here on Kickstarter or on our site. By selling straight to you we cut out the top layer of costs, enabling us to offer the Vecto at an estimated retail price of $18, not $35-40 if it was in the store. Because of that, we also can't offer 50% or more discount on our items, since we want to pay our factories fairly.
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Risks and challenges
As this is not our first foray into production, we know that issues can, and probably will, come up. The two main issues that we can foresee are:
1. Issues with the final prototype that will require further development (and resources) in order to complete.
2. Factory lead time increases, causing delays in production and then in shipping the Vecto to you.
Beyond these two main possible issues, we have tried our best to make sure nothing else will get in the way of delivering the Vecto to you on time. But if anything else does come up, we will let you know as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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