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Steve GraybillBy Steve Graybill
First created
Steve GraybillBy Steve Graybill
First created
$12,378
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
85
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 7 2018

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

 

https://mulibex.com

OUR COMPETITORS

 OUR CHAIRS

 WHAT IS THIS?

The MUHL™ is a backpacking chair that utilizes an ultra lightweight frame which locks onto a pair of trekking poles and covers it with a fabric seat. Using your trekking poles to create the frame allows you to carry less weight overall without sacrificing any of the comfort. At a mere 1.2 lb this is the go to chair for fast and light ventures. Did we mention that it's a full size chair for grown ups?

MUHL™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop
MUHL™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop

 

MUHL™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop
MUHL™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop

 

MUHL™ Chair - Red Diamond Ripstop
MUHL™ Chair - Red Diamond Ripstop

We couldn't stop with just the MUHL™. The CAPRA™ is our stand alone camp chair built with the same great seat and perfect angles as the MUHL™, but with a fully integrated frame that does not require the use of trekking poles. Weighing a mere 2.1 lb, the CAPRA™ is fully collapsible, yet maintains incredible stability while in use.

CAPRA™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop
CAPRA™ Chair - Coyote Tan CORDURA ripstop

 

CAPRA™ Chair - Red Diamond Ripstop
CAPRA™ Chair - Red Diamond Ripstop

WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CAMP CHAIR?

First, these camp chairs are much wider when deployed, with the patent pending collapsible lateral supports, it stows away in it's compact stuffsack about the length of a 1.5L Nalgene. 

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Next, the inboard position of the forward legs combined with wider footprint adds greater lateral (side to side) stability and reduces tipping. This unique geometry allows our chairs to gain greater seat distances from the ground providing more comfort.

Footprint Comparison
Footprint Comparison

If you've ever tipped over or done a backflip in a camp chair, see below how the physics of having a wider footprint enhances stability and prevents this phenomenon. You're Welcome.

Basic Physics 101
Basic Physics 101

Combining a wider trapezoidal footprint with a "mushroom" style foot prevents sinking, making these chairs incredibly stable in sand, mossy or soft earth without needing a ground sheet. 

Greater Surface area "Mushroom" Feet
Greater Surface area "Mushroom" Feet

 

MUHL Footprint View
MUHL Footprint View

Locking onto the second segment of your 3 piece telescoping trekking poles, the MUHL's™ versatility excels on uneven terrain. See below.  

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 Just extend the first segment of your poles and no more wobbles.

CAPRA Footprint View
CAPRA Footprint View

With side cutout areas, the fabric seat conforms to your body rather than forcing you into the shape of the seat, while providing superior lumbar support and relief to your lower back, bottom, and legs.

Seat Relief Cutouts
Seat Relief Cutouts

The carry bag can be folded into itself to form a large pocket and clipped onto a series of gear loops around the periphery of the seat. There are 6 gear loops to attach a multitude of accessories that will come out later this year.

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TESTIMONIALS

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Compatibility - MUHL™

Compatibility Chart
Compatibility Chart

This is not an exhaustive list but some examples of Trekking poles we know will work with our MUHL.

Example of Trekking Pole Compatibility
Example of Trekking Pole Compatibility

Designed smarter so you don't work harder. Thought it was only for hiking?

WHERE CAN I USE IT?

Mountains

Design Concept - Test
Design Concept - Test

Beach or Boaters

MUHL™ (Left) - CAPRA™ (Right) - Prototype testing
MUHL™ (Left) - CAPRA™ (Right) - Prototype testing

Snow - Perfect for Backcountry Skiers & Boarders

 

Overlanding

Camping 

 

Bike Packing

SOFT GROUND

WHAT IS IT MADE OF? 

Each MUHL™/CAPRA™ is Made in the USA and created with only the highest quality materials.

- Assembled dimensions ~ 31.5 in x 22.5 in X 20 in  

- Collapsed dimensions ~ 13 in X 4 in X 4 in  

- Ground to Seat Bottom ~ 12 in  

- Capacity ~ MUHL™ - 240 lb, CAPRA™ - 320 lb  

- Weight ~ MUHL™ - 1.2 lb, CAPRA™ 2.1 lb Target Production

- Durable lightweight diamond ripstop nylon fabric (Cordura® available) 

- UV & mildew resistant, Flame retardant, Water repellant backing 

- Aerospace grade 7075 T6/T9 Easton Aluminum with anodize finish 

- Injection molded composite, and over molded components 

- Gear loops on seat and carry bag for multiple attachment options and accessories 

- Elevated seat distance from ground for added comfort and easy out 

- Ergonomic seat angles improve comfort in multiple sitting positions 

- Universal Adapter accepts and locks onto 3 segment telescoping trekking poles 

- Shock corded segments aid in the assembly 

Easton - 7075 T6 Anodized Aluminum Tubes
Easton - 7075 T6 Anodized Aluminum Tubes

Good enough for the U.S. Marines. Good enough to face the harshest beatings you can put on them.

WHO IS MÜLIBEX?

Founded by Steve Graybill in 2016, MÜLIBEX is the brand behind both the MUHL™ and CAPRA™ chairs. Graybill is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and lead structural design engineer for a large aerospace corporation. As a life-long outdoorsman, he selfishly set out to create a more comfortable, lighter, full size camping chair capable of going anywhere he could. 

Self funding MÜLIBEX he's used his savings, 401K, and even sold his lifelong dream vehicle (2013 10th anniversary Jeep Rubicon) to pay for product development expenses.

Steve
Steve

"I refused to carry a backpacking chair simply because it wasn’t light enough, felt wobbly, had no lower back support, or its feet sunk down into the ground or snow. I have literally flipped over or been dumped out (lots of times) when trying other backpacking chairs.”  

“I set out to design a chair that was ultralight…..no…..Hybrid-Light™, incredibly stable, supports my back amazingly, and doesn’t feel like I am sitting on the ground or squatting with my knees up to my chest. The goal is to minimize overall pack weight while using every piece of equipment to its fullest extent possible. Providing the most comfortable, dependable, and durable chair ever made for the backcountry."

WHAT DOES THE NAME MÜLIBEX MEAN?

This is a very common question. The simple answer is, we made it up. So, if a Mule and an Alpine Ibex had a baby, it would be a MÜLIBEX. The best traits of a hybrid animal to represent our Hybrid-Light™ Brand.

Genetic Make Up of the MÜLIBEX
Genetic Make Up of the MÜLIBEX

 "MÜLIBEX at it’s core is a hybrid comprised of the best in all of us. Extracting those traits of strength, integrity and selflessness, combining them with rugged “humble” endurance." 

 

WHAT IS THE FUNDING GOAL?

We've spend the last 2 years designing, building and testing protoypes to get the functionality, weight, and comfort where it needs to be in order to launch this campaign. We have self funded every penny without investor capital up to this point. We are asking for your support to help us fund domestic based tooling and manufacturing. We aren't asking you to do all the heavy lifting. We've got more skin in this game than we're asking for during this campaign. We want to sincerely thank you for your pledged support.

 WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

 PROJECT TIMELINE

 

 WHAT ARE THE REWARD LEVELS?

 

CAN WE SEE SOME MORE WORK? 

There's a prototype gallery at the top of this page below the main video. Visit FAQ's below for more information or you can watch the video below to see some of the 3d printed prototype building in action.

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Isometric Assembly Drawing
Isometric Assembly Drawing

 

 

WHERE WILL IT BE MANUFACTURED? 

Need we say more?
Need we say more?

PATENT:

AS SEEN IN:

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show 2018 - Denver Colorado
Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show 2018 - Denver Colorado

  

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Graphic T - Trek Swiftly + Logo
Graphic T - Trek Swiftly + Logo

 

Graphic Vinyl
Graphic Vinyl

 

Risks and challenges

Sourcing materials and making a product completely in the USA presents itself with unique challenges but also with distinct advantages. With my more than 15 years experience designing complex structures and working closely with multiple suppliers around the globe, we can mitigate potential risks before they occur. We'll be reducing lead times significantly, and no need for a passport to visit a supplier. All assembly will be performed in house with strict inspections prior to shipment to assure only the highest quality products reach the market.

After our final design iterations are complete, working with our injection mold engineers, and we've assembled our very first production models we'll be getting third party independent testing to validate our previous analysis. While we have worked vigorously to eliminate any issues prior to testing, this would be the only speedbump in our delivery of the product if there is a finding. However, we've performed detailed structural static and fatigue analysis for each component and completed our own informal product testing that has led us to make our products more robust while still maintaining weight consciousness. We believe that our design will more than exceed all industry standards.

Rest assured, we'll keep you informed of our progress every step of the way.

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    Support MÜLIBEX®

    Support Reward levels:
    All backer's names, regardless of amount, will be featured on our website "Backer Wall".

    Over $20 will get you:

    +1 Graphic Vinyl w/ MÜLIBEX Logo (6x6)

    Over $40 will get you:

    +1 Nalgene
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    (both w/ MÜLIBEX Logo)

    Over $85 will get you:

    +1 American made shirt
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    MUHL™ Chair; 30%0FF Early Backer*

    Early Backer Pricing on the lightest ever full size backpacking chair. Our first supporters will receive their chair first and at a special price.

    +1 Graphic Vinyl

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    CAPRA™ Chair; 30%OFF Early Backer

    Early Backer Pricing on our fully integrated frame chair. No poles required! Our first supporters will receive their chair first and at a special price.

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    MUHL™ Chair; 15%OFF (poles not included)

    First production run of the lightest ever full size backpacking chair.

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    CAPRA™ Chair; 15%OFF (no poles required)

    First production run of our fully integrated frame chair at a special price. This chair requires no poles at all, just pack and go!

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    The MUHL™ Chair (poles not included)

    So you missed the early bird specials.... BUT you can still order here. This is the MÜLIBEX MUHL Chair. The most versatile, lightest ever, full size backpacking chair.

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    The CAPRA™ Chair (no poles required)

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    Pair of MUHL™ Chairs; 30% OFF

    Early Backers! This is a pair of the MÜLIBEX MUHL Chairs. The most versatile, lightest ever, full size backpacking chair. Enjoy the lightness and comfort with someone else!

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    MUHL™ + CAPRA™ Bundle; 30% OFF

    Early Backers! Get both the MUHL and the CAPRA; 30% OFF
    This is a perfect pairing of the MÜLIBEX MUHL and CAPRA Chairs. The most versatile, lightest ever, full size backpacking chair. Enjoy the lightness and comfort with someone else!

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    Pair of CAPRA™ Chairs; 30% OFF

    Early Backers! This is pair of the MÜLIBEX CAPRA Chairs. A fully integrated frame chair with multi-purpose use. Perfect for sharing!

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    MUHL™ + CAPRA™ Bundle; 10% OFF

    Get both the MUHL and the CAPRA; 10% OFF
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    Pair of CAPRA™ Chairs; 10% OFF

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    CAPRA™ Family 4 Pack; 30% OFF

    Early Backers! This is a family 4 pack of the MÜLIBEX CAPRA Chairs. A fully integrated frame chair with multi-purpose use. For people large and small it's perfect for the whole family!

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    MÜLIBEX® Winter Trek - Camp Adventure*

    Fully guided 4 day, 18 mile trip including 10 peaks over 6K ft. Includes all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. Kick it with the Founder and his closest friends.

    Where: Black Mountain Crest Trail, NC

    Comes with yours to keep:
    +1 MUHL Chair
    +1 CAPRA Chair
    +1 Graphic Vinyl
    + Video of our trip
    + Included in all our social media posts
    Honestly, you're going to get a bunch of free stuff and priceless memories.
    *Airfare not included

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    MÜLIBEX® Fall Trek - Camp Adventure*

    Fully guided 7 day, 45 mile trip with a highest peak of 10,645 ft. Includes all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. Kick it with the Founder and his closest friends.

    Where: Teton Crest Trail, WY

    Comes with yours to keep:
    +1 MUHL Chair
    +1 CAPRA Chair
    +1 Graphic Vinyl
    + Video of our trip
    + Included in all our social media posts
    Honestly, you're going to get a bunch of free stuff and priceless memories.

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Funding period

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