A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
BadgerStrap is a self-latching, infinitely adjustable belt that refuses to ever die. With your support, we hope to make BadgerStrap the next addition to the Carbon Tactics family.
Inspired by the toughness and rugged individualism of the humble Badger, Carbon Tactics brings you a better-working belt for the man of action. We’ve designed it to be incredibly functional and rugged, but with a clean rectangular design that doesn't beg for attention.
Secure Magnetic Latch Mechanism
The Badger Buckle snaps together smoothly and reliably, and it's inherently stable in the locked position. It stays put when you don't have the luxury of staying put yourself. Push the two pieces together and twist for quick release.
Most tactical belts scream “tactical” wherever you go, but the BadgerStrap is subtle. You can wear the belt two different ways: with the tail to the side (the classic method), or tucked under for a super clean low-profile look. Just thread the strap through the buckle accordingly.
Easy to adjust but doesn’t slip. The harder you stress it, the harder it locks up around your waist, like the weaponized jaws of a hungry badger (but in belt-form).
Please note, if you're going to carry a ton of gear on your belt, or plan on using it as a makeshift sling, thread the buckle in the "classic" manner by following the arrows engraved on the back of the buckle. The alternative "Tail Tucked" configuration does not lock up under high loads, even though it still works great for normal use as a belt.
It's like the AK-47 of belt buckles. Other quick-release buckles can jam when they get dirty, but the Badger Buckle expels dirt and just keeps working. It's incredibly overbuilt for the purpose of holding up your pants and EDC gear.
The buckle allows for infinite adjustment, and all options will be available in a wide range of sizes to fit you. If you're a bigger guy, don't worry, we have you covered. We will get everyone's size in the survey after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Single Layer Tactical Nylon Strap
Double Duty: Double-Layer Tactical Nylon Strap
For ultimate rigidity, we created a double-layer option, where the strap is doubled up except for where it passes through the buckle. This enhances rigidity while still allowing for quick and easy adjustment. It's the best option for holstering a firearm and other EDC gear.
Made In-House in the USA
The BadgerStrap will be manufactured in Tucson, AZ by the creator's company, Sargent Research, LLC. This is how it's made:
Badger Buckles will be machined in-house on our Brother Speedio CNC mill. Doing it ourselves is the only way to maintain aerospace levels of precision and quality without paying aerospace prices. Is it overkill? Maybe, but BadgerStrap don't care.
Hard Coat Anodized (MIL-A-8625 Type III, Class 2)
For maximum durability, our local anodizing partner grows a thin layer (~.002") of aluminum oxide onto each buckle. This vendor routinely coats parts for SpaceX and other aerospace customers in the same manner. Other quick-release buckles are powder-coated or worse - painted. In terms of hardness, it's like comparing sapphire and plastic.
High quality neodymium magnets are permanently pressed into the aluminum buckles with approximately 1000 pounds of force. The brass post is installed by bending, inserting into the male buckle, and then "un-bending". That holds the brass post captive forever while still allowing it to slide freely in it's guide.
Every belt will be sewn in-house on one of our Juki DNU-1541 industrial sewing machines. We may not be as fast (or cheap) as a factory overseas, but this way we can place every stitch exactly where it needs to go.
You can trust us to deliver. We understand the manufacturing process, quality control, and other aspects that can be overlooked easily by a first-time Kickstarter creator. We've grown up on Kickstarter, and we've learned a lot along the way. We aren't perfect by any means, but when we make a mistake, we do our best to make it right.
We Need Your Support
CNC machining is expensive. Holding ourselves to the highest standard of quality is even more expensive, but we want to make the BadgerStrap available to everyone. The only way to bring the cost down is to manufacture parts in large batches, and we hope your support on Kickstarter will enable us to ramp up for our first production run.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made.
We've tested the machining process in-house on our Brother Speedio CNC mill. Because we are doing all production in-house, we don't expect any big surprises. However, if we do hit any obstacles, we will adapt and overcome while keeping all backers updated along the way.