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By Scott Hoyt
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About this project

My name is Scott, and this is my cooler. I hope to make one for each of you!

This cooler is on deck and ready to produce! I have a dedicated facility, tooling, equipment, and team ready to produce three different sizes of this design. I need your support to purchase raw materials and supplies so that I can bring cooler production to life. I will have a very limited supply of coolers that will be prepared for early bird orders that will be delivered to your door before the end of April! With your support, we can bring the best cooler ever made to the world!

I am my own customer. I've been a long time user of high performance coolers on countless adventures deep into the Baja desert. The best available coolers were too expensive and lacked innovation. They held me back. I wanted better performance, features, and value. 

With years of experience in insulated packaging and working with strict food safety standards, I immediately went to work on building a better cooler. After years of research and development, I'm proud to introduce this innovative design with patent pending cam-actuated hinge, thermometer drain plug, and pressure regulator. We have a great team in place and incredible manufacturing support to bring this performance at the very best value. 

 

The Maluna Unhinged cooler features a PATENT PENDING hinge design that allows full perimeter tensioning for the ultimate performance. See video for an explanation. 

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Each cooler will come with a standard drain plug and also a bonus PATENT PENDING digital thermometer drain plug. These are also available as a reward separately and fit Yeti and RTIC coolers.

 

 

The Maluna Unhinged cooler features a hidden PATENT PENDING pressure regulator that is designed to maximize any pressure differential that can make it difficult to open a high performance cooler. The pressure regulator is hidden behind the bottle opener and does not require any user intervention. These pressure differentials can result from changes in elevation or extreme changes in ambient temperatures. I did a user study to determine what pressure differential is the maximum amount before it becomes difficult to open a cooler, and the regulator was calibrated to exactly that amount.

 

The handles represent a study in ergonomics. The handles are form fitted for a comfortable grip, with clearance for a single user to carry the cooler 'palms in', or to have help from a partner for each to carry the cooler 'palms out'.

By having rigid handles, the cooler does not sway like rope handles which makes it easier to carry stuff on top of the cooler also and it will not fall off from swaying.

The rigid handles are an excellent location for a tie down spot to keep your cooler fastened to a truck bed or boat deck, while the lid can still be opened when strapped down. The handles also have a large opening to accept a chain or rope to prevent theft from the back of a pickup truck.

 

The feet bolt in with stainless steel fasteners. They are designed to be dual purpose with a non-slip, non-marking side for the boaters, and a durable hard sliding surface for the hunters to slide it into the back of their pickup. The removable feet allow a location for modular features in the future, such as a wheel kit, or clips for a mounting rack.

 

Maluna™ Unhinged™ vs Yeti© Tundra©

Thermal Performance Comparison - January 2017

A Maluna™ Unhinged™ cooler was tested and measured for performance relative to a Yeti© Tundra© cooler. Three identical tests were performed in a controlled laboratory environment and conditions were set to create a typical user case scenario to keep beverages cold during hot summer weather. The Maluna™ cooler was determined to outperform the Yeti© cooler by more than 20%.

Read the abstract and full test results here.

  

SIZES

I have designed and prepared production for three sizes. As measured in quarts, the three sizes available now are 40, 50, & 70 quarts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHIPPING DETAILS

Shipping is included in the pledge amount. Rewards are available for shipping to the contiguous United States, unless the reward is labeled specifically for Hawaii or Alaska. I have done my very best to put logistics in place to make these available to our friends in both Hawaii and Alaska. If you are in Hawaii or Alaska please read the rewards carefully for your options.

 

WARRANTY

Kickstarter is not a store. When you back a project, your are helping bring it to life, and in exchange I will send you a 'reward' as a gift. I cannot contractually apply a warranty to these gifts. However, I do pledge to you that whatever failures in workmanship or materials might happen in the future, I will protect my name and brand by correcting it in the same fashion as any warranty Maluna may have in place on these products in the future. If Maluna is able to make sales in the future, it is expected that the warranty will be a standard lifetime warranty on the Unhinged cooler and one year warranty on the bonus digital thermometer drain plug.

 

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Risks and challenges

I have been planning for this project for a year and a half, and I have extraordinary confidence in my ability to deliver these rewards as expected and on time. While I have extensive experience with manufacturing, I do know that unexpected risks and challenges can occur.

I have partnered with a manufacturing team that I have worked with for years, and together we have set up a dedicated manufacturing facility with a trained team, equipment, tooling, and fixtures. I have pricing agreements in place for materials and supplies, and we have capacity prepared to be able to manufacture 9,000 coolers per month. I have agreements and logistics in place for both ocean freight and parcel delivery to your door.

I have put extraordinary planning in place for this project. If anything does not go as planned, I pledge to you that I will communicate honestly and timely. Some possible risks and challenges that may come up for fulfillment of your rewards may include, among other things, unforeseen issues involving manufacturing, materials supply, regulatory or international trade policy changes, ocean freight, or parcel delivery.

THANK YOU again for any support you may pledge. Please select an appropriate pledge amount and reward selection from the right side of this screen and I look forward to shipping you a new Maluna product. As a toast, we would say to our friends in Hawaii - 'Okole Maluna'

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    Maluna Drain Plug Thermometer

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    Reward includes THREE Drain Plug Thermometers. Save $10 on a 3 pack.

    Maluna has created a patent pending drain plug that has a temperature sensor on the inside of the cooler with a digital readout on the outside of the cooler so a user knows the exact temperature of the contents inside. This can fit in a Yeti or RTIC as well.

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    Maluna 70 Cooler comes with a standard drain plug and a bonus electronic thermometer drain plug, and a special front aluminum badge indicating your support.

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    Colors choices include White, Shark Gray, Sea Foam Green, & Sky Blue, color choice can be made in the backer survey at end of campaign. Default color will be white.

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    Save $58. Three Maluna 70 coolers, each comes with a standard drain plug and a bonus electronic thermometer drain plug, a special backer badge, and a choice of either white or 3 limited edition colors.

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    Extra Maluna Backer Badge

    A custom, laser-etched limited edition aluminum Maluna badge with special design in appreciation for your support.

    Can be purchased as a token of support for this project, or it can be purchased to swap in place of the regular production badges that will come on the 'Early Bird' coolers (the Early Bird coolers were prepped with standard badges before having these special badges available).

    Comes with a wrench to swap the badge on the cooler.

    2" tall x 5" wide.

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    ** HAWAII ** Color Option & Drain Plug

    *** THIS REWARD SHIPS ONLY TO HAWAII ***

    Maluna 40, or Maluna 50 (add $20), or Maluna 70 (add $50). If you choose a 50 or 70, please add the appropriate extra money to the pledge.

    Cooler comes with a standard drain plug and a bonus electronic thermometer drain plug, a special backer badge, and a choice of either white or 3 limited edition colors. Begins shipping in June.

    (Free Shipping) - *** ONLY SHIPS TO HAWAII *** This reward is exclusive to Hawaii only as it requires a dedicated shipping container. PLEASE tell your friends and fill this reward up, I am committed to pay shipping on the whole container. Mahalo.

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    Founders Edition Maluna 50 - Salmon

    One Limited Edition Maluna 50 cooler in salmon color. This is unique color and will only manufacture 10 total. Cooler comes with a standard drain plug, a bonus electronic thermometer drain plug, and a special backer badge. This will be shipped in May.

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