Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 22, 2012.
About this project
Hi Kickstarter! Thanks for checking out our project! I'm Kristen and I'm really excited to tell you about a unique and light weight system that will change the way you enjoy the outdoors. The NYX™ is the ideal sleep solution for outdoor enthusiasts. It is a supportive and comfortable cot that easily converts into your favorite camp chair.
The Big Idea
In my early twenties I fell in love with the outdoors. As a birthday celebration one year, I decided to spend a weekend on the trail. On the morning of my 30th birthday I woke up feeling like I was 60. That day I promised that I would find a more comfortable way to sleep on my backpacking adventures.
When I began to search for a product that would be light and comfortable, I found the market quite lacking. While sleeping pads might have been an option, I don’t find them to be a complete solution. I never find them restful, waking with bruised shoulders, hips, knees, and a tense back. As my quest for a good nights sleep progressed so did the vision of my ideal sleep system.
As I thought about the camping cots that were available, an idea struck me. Why should every item I pack serve only one purpose? That's when I came up with the NYX™ convertible cot-the first cot that easily converts into a chair.
Why The NYX™?
The NYX™ is an ideal solution for many activities such as:
- biking and motorcycling
- beach or park
- outdoor activities like sports games or park concerts
- extra bed for guests
- frequent travelers (think hostels)
The NYX™ suspends you off the ground so you don't have to worry about getting wet during inclement weather, getting sandy at the beach, or being poked by rocks and sticks.
How does the NYX™ work?
We designed the NYX™ so it doesn’t have a lot of parts. The spine of our sleep system is the aluminum side support poles. Manufactured by the leading US manufacturer, it’s made of high grade 7075 aluminum.
The support struts are key--we designed the NYX™ to comfortably support more than 350 pounds. They’re made of super lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber, come pre-assembled and have been custom designed just for us. They are easy to snap in place, even with tired arms!
The ground contact points are coated with a durable material to protect them, and protect your tent! Unlike other products in the marketplace, it’s hassle free—don’t worry about a flying elbow or knee ripping or tearing the cot. Best of all, it won’t bottom out when you lay on it and yet it softly cradles your body, well off the ground, so you get a sound night’s sleep.
What Materials Are Used In The NYX™?
The NYX™ uses some of the most advanced materials and fabricating techniques available. Our custom formed carbon fiber support system use a unique patent-pending “W” self-leveling spring which makes it possible to enjoy the NYX™ on uneven terrain. The bed of the cot is a phenomenal material called CTF3™. It is a remarkably lightweight, high-strength, UV and chemical resistant fiber.
We've selected these materials to maximize durability and to keep the NYX™ as light weight as possible. To be able to create a rugged and multifunctional cot under three pounds, we had to explore some advanced possibilities.
Where Is The NYX™ Made?
MADE IN THE USA
Finding manufacturers in the US has been a priority from day one. Fortunately for us, and the consumer, we have forged a few great partnerships with some well known industry manufacturers, in the United States. As a rule, small batch, US production is expensive. We have been able to streamline a new, innovative production process and deliver the NYX™ for a reasonable price for our customers.
Kickstarter we need your help. We are a startup without the backing of anonymous millionaires. We are asking for a modest contribution to help make the Terra Strenua dream a reality. With your help we will be able to meet our minimum order and produce the NYX™ for a less expensive cost. If we surpass our goal, we’ll be able to offer further advantages to the consumer and start creating more great light weight, multifunctional products.
A Bit About Our Rewards
For your contribution, we will be rewarding you with all kinds of great stuff. Starting with a mere mention, going all the way to custom options and camping trips.
For the lower levels, we are producing a behind the scenes video, t-shirts, and water bottles. We are partnering with MiiR™ to offer a limited edition Kickstarter insulated bottle. You receive this with a $35 contribution and MiiR™ will donate one dollar to provide someone in need with clean water for a year. Not only do you get a cool bottle, you get to help someone in need.
For the higher level contributors, we are not only offering our cot, we are giving you the chance to experience the outdoors like never before. If you donate only $500, you will be invited to join the Terra Strenua team on a backpacking trip to test the NYX™. If you pledge more, we will welcome you to join our team at Outdoor Retailer summer market as part of our team. The highest levels offer you the chance to become a Terra Strenua Outfitters™ insider and get behind the veil access to the team. We're even offering retailers a DISTRIBUTOR PACK that will allow then to stick their toe in the water and see just how hot the NYX™ will be!
There are a handful of very special people who have helped out in large and small ways to get us to where we are today. We want to include this section just for them-so they know just how important they are to us :)
Anna and Dwayne Alvarez-for believing in my vision and supporting me along the way.
Virginia Despard-for being the most amazing partner ever and sticking with me on this journey. Thank you for believing in me.
Jon Entine-for helping me tell my story.
Jon Justice-for putting together an AWESOME music track for this video!
The NYX™ top is made of CTF3, which is also known as cuben fiber, Dyneema, Spectra, Vectran, etc. This stuff is EXTREMELY strong and SUPER lightweight.
Want to see a break test video? Just say so and I'll post it!
The product seen in the Kickstarter video weighs in at 2.5 lbs exactly. In the next day or so I'll be posting updates on this topic. Let's just say it's not getting heavier. You'll definitely want to stay tuned.
The NYX is 5" off of the ground. We didn't want to make it too high off of the ground because then it wouldn't fit in tent with very little height. If you have feedback about the height please let me know. I'd love to hear your ideas!
- (30 days)