About this project
Mini Kit Pouch / MK-7 (Generation 7)
Hey Guys What’s up I am 20dollarbandit on youTube my real name is Eric Bauer. I would like to share with you my story and my new product the Mini Kit MK-7 pouch.
First a little bit about me: I am a proud father of two and a very thankful Husband. At work I am a Senior Project Manager, I have years of experience in building and managing large scale construction projects for national clients. I am the senior company safety officer, a well-trained first responder and an excellent plan reader and draftsmen. When I am not at work managing million dollar construction projects I am outdoors backpacking, riding motorcycles cross country or shooting at my family’s desert ranch.
I like to spend my late nights making youTube videos for my friends, building custom survival and first aid kits and designing new gear for my adventures, which brings me to the reason for this Kickstarter campaign.
I have been developing an all new style of nylon pouch; I call it the MINI KIT. It is a 5.5” x 5.5” nylon clam-shell opening pouch designed to be filled with small gear or medical supplies that would otherwise be loose in your pocket or in a backpack. I found that I needed a modular, lightweight pouch with no MOLLE or PALS strapping on the exterior. I just wanted something that would hold my small gear or medical supplies, fold open and closed easily and slide into my pocket when on the trail or outings with my kids. The pouch needed to be rugged and have retention for my tools and other gear as well as a few interior pockets to keep everything organized.
I didn't just decide to make this, I was lazy and tried to just buy one first, well the problem with that was there was no such thing on the market to purchase. I looked extensively and after exhausting the search I made a decision to design and build one to my specifications, might as well, right.
So back to the pouch, the final design I call the MK-7, the 7 stands for the seventh prototype. I started about a year and a half ago with a drawing sketched in the middle of the night, when I have my best ideas. After contemplating the final design and elaborating on the drawing I called on a company out of Oceanside, CA to start building the first Mini Kit. I paid them a fee for their time and materials, went down and met with the Nylon Product Manager and we got ourselves quickly started in the construction of the first prototype.
It is a lot harder to explain an idea to someone that is building it for you then you might imagine. It took us four attempts over the better part of a year to come up with the MK-5 my first full prototype run and the fifth prototype in the series. We made (20) of them to distribute to people for their use and feedback and it seemed to go over very well with all involved.
I sent the MK-5 out to retired Army, active DHS agents, LE and a bunch of my backpacking and survival buddies, it seemed that all the feedback was the same. They all loved the pouch and wanted to get (2) more so they had a set of three. most of the guys also mentioned that the D-ring protruded and hung-up on your pocket and they wanted a plastic ITW (military grade) D-Ring. I completely agreed with all of the feedback and was pleasantly surprised that the boys liked them so much.
So I called my manufacturing partner here in Southern California and we made some changes, moved the D-ring further into the pouch so it barely protruded, switched the D-ring out for the ITW plastic and WALA we had the MK-7. We were ready to produce the third and last prototype run.
I have worked now for over a year with Jon Z (Production Manager) for a reputable Private / Military nylon manufacturer here in Southern California We have designed, created prototypes and produced (3) prototype or proof of concept runs of (20) pouches to make absolutely sure we are ready for mass market. We have recently created a game plan to produce the first ever full production run once the kickstarter campaign funds. The manufacturer and his team have grown over the last year due to their popularity and it seems they have mastered the production process for the Mini Kit. It now takes them one hour to produce (20) Mini Kits when in full production mode. Once the campaign funds we will need about (2.5) weeks to schedule in the (4-5) days of production time to produce 2-3 hundred Mini Kit pouches and more if demand dictates. Then another week to get them all in the mail. All of the material and trim are on hand and we are ready as soon as my backers say go!!
So here we are on the brink of the final 10% of the project, they say that 90% of the people can get a project 90% of the way complete, but only 10% can get it 100% complete. Well I am one of those 10%’ers and I would love to prove it to you!!
REMEMBER: The uses for the Mini Kit MK-7 are only limited by your imagination!
Thanks for looking and thank you very much for your support!!
The Mini Kit MK-7 Designed by me 20$Bandit and 100% made in the USA!!
Risks and challenges
I will begin a full production run early-March, there will be complications with quality control, I have already discovered this to be an issue. I am confident that my relationship with the producer will get us through the process and I have already made headway to eliminate the major sewing and material complications. It is not all fun and games, there is allot of material required to produce these kits not to mention the custom materials to complete the lightweight and "one off" MK-7's. There are many people, machines, companies and timelines that have to be coordinated, that will be my job and with your support I will get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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