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We've changed the hammock as we know it with the introduction of Mock ONE, the world’s only compact folding hammock.
We've changed the hammock as we know it with the introduction of Mock ONE, the world’s only compact folding hammock.
1,496 backers pledged $397,931 to help bring this project to life.

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Mock ONE - coming soon

Posted by Republic Of Durable Goods (Creator)
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Hello Friends, Backers, and cool people of the Republic of Durable Goods.

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Spring is approaching and your Mock ONE is coming soon... here is an update.   During our last update explained putting a hold production to replace a defect part (non-critical elastic bands) on the Mock ONE frame. This delay was required to make sure we deliver a product that you will be super proud to say that you helped launch! Thank you for your patience and your support!

So... the factories got back to work at the end of February after the CNY holiday. Manufacturing of the new and improved elastic bands took a bit longer than expected to complete. Our factory just started replacing all of the elastic bands in the Mock ONEs last week. All 4000 pieces are scheduled to be completed next week. YAHOO!  The next step is to load it on the cargo ship. It takes about 3 weeks on the ship to reach our warehouse, where we will be sorting and shipping out to our Backers. 

Last time we mentioned shipping starting late March / early April, now we are looking more like mid-late April. We know you are super excited to get your Mock ONEs and are chomping at the bit to get out there and see where you can Mock. We are also! Your Mock ONEs are coming soon and will be better than ever! 


In the meantime… just for our backers, Jason made a couple videos of the Mock ONE set-up and take down with some additional tips and info along the way. Check them out on YouTube by clicking on the images below. We may make more of these “tips and info” videos if you'd like.  Just "like" the videos so we know that you want more.

Thank you, again, for supporting the Republic of Durable Goods and for backing the Mock ONE! We will send another update when the production order has been completed and is loaded on the boat, which will be in a few weeks.  Your Mock ONEs will be delivered to you in April.  Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Please, for whatever reason, if you have additional questions reach out here or contact us at sup@republicofdurablegoods.com

Important Update

Posted by Republic Of Durable Goods (Creator)
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Hello backers, friends, and cool people,

Production is nearly completed and everything is looking really good.  The team in Nanjing wants to share a few photos, of each color option,  hot off the production line.

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BUT THEN...

As Mock ONE’s were coming off the production line we have been checking random samples to perform quality and durability tests. Our promise is to make the most durable goods possible! It’s in our name! 

During these tests we discovered an issue with a small piece of elastic that was fraying when opening and closing the Mock ONE…BLARGH! 

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The purpose of the elastic is to keep the sidebars attached to the frame when in storage.  On some frames, we found the elastic would start to fray after 10-20 uses. This elastic is not a critical component and has nothing to do with the strength and safety of the Mock ONE, but it is a whole lot easier to use with the elastic. 

Through multiple exhausting days of testing and quality audits, we discovered the elastic used in production was not the same quality we specified in our ‘bill of materials’. Because this elastic is vulnerable, we are holding production to re-source the elastic bands and replace this part. 

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Reworking all production units will only take a couple weeks to correct, but February is the Chinese New Year holiday. It’s a month-long 4300-year-old traditional celebration. During this time nearly everyone in China returns to their hometowns, spends time with extended family and friends, and celebrates with fireworks, traditional lanterns, and delicious food. While we are envious of such a long holiday, it really sucks for our delivery timing...BLARGH!

The factory will be up and running again at the end of February and completing the production order. Shipping it to our warehouse will take about 4 weeks, which moves our timing to ship Mock ONEs to our backers in late March to early April...BLARGH!

We are just as bummed out as you are that our production order is delayed, this certainly does not MAKE HAPPY!  The whole team at the Republic of Durable Goods apologizes for pushing back our delivery schedule again. We have been completely transparent here so you are aware of the issues that come up when bringing this new product to market.  

Thanks for your understanding and for helping launch the Mock ONE into the world.

Sincerely,

The Republic Team

PS: BLARGH!

Production has started!

Posted by Republic Of Durable Goods (Creator)
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Greetings People of the Republic of Durable Goods:

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THE BEST FOR WISHES FOR 2019!

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Chris, RODG founder, just returned from a week-long trip to China to test the product and inspect production. He took a taxi, to a plane, to a taxi, to train, to a taxi, to a car to finally arrive in Nanjing, China. As always we enjoy visiting and working with the talented people we are developing our products with. We want to remind everyone, they are not just partners, but owners in the company and backing this project supports a global exchange of goods, ideas, and innovations.

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You can see the team inspecting the Mock’Squito Net on the rooftop of our office in Nanjing. We are pictured wearing coats because it was 35 degrees out. Nothing stops our development. In the second picture, you can see 1,430 ft high Zifeng Tower in the background from the top of the office. This space is often used to test tents and tarps in environmental conditions such as rain, wind, snow, and cold.

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STRENGTH TESTING

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In our last update, we mentioned changing some of the plastic molded parts to make them stronger. This picture might explain why...here is the Mock with 485 lbs resting in the hammock. We left the Mock ONE there for an 1 hour with just under a ¼ ton of weight in it! Then I sat in it for a few minutes to just to prove it was secure. So add in my weight (180 lbs) and you have the Mock ONE supporting 665 lbs!!! WOW! 

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Additionally, another test was to repeatedly drop 225 lbs from 6 inches above the surface of the hammock to make sure nothing would break. It seemed could have repeated dropped the weight forever without destroying the Mock ONE….so, we stopped after 30 minutes. 

Also, do not try this at home. It was for product lifecycle and durability testing.

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PRODUCT STATUS

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Pictured above is our factory and below it is a picture of the orange hammock fabric with the Republic of Durable Goods logo in reflective ink. Just one of the many fabrics Chris saw in our factory getting ready for production. Now, that the Mock ONE passed a series of lifecycle tests and we have approved materials, we are happy to say "PRODUCTION HAS STARTED!"

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Just in time too, with Chinese New Years coming up at the end of January when factories close for 3 weeks. We plan to have all your products on an ocean freighter before January 28th when celebrations begin. We will update everyone when ocean shipping starts.

Enjoy the start of 2019 and this will be a great year in your Mock ONE!

Cheers Chris and Jason

Make Happy!

Free Printable Holiday Card

Posted by Republic Of Durable Goods (Creator)
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF DURABLE GOODS!

The Mock ONE is currently in production and will be delivered in February… just in time for some early spring outings! As a backer, you are one of the first 2000 people in the world to get the Mock ONE and the freedom to hammock practically anywhere. No trees, no problem.

   

If you are giving the Mock ONE as a gift we have designed a printable Holiday Card. All you do is download, print, fold, sign and gift! You can print and give as many cards as you like. It's a little way to get your someone or someones special excited for the amazing gift that is on its way.

DOWNLOAD HOLIDAY CARD HERE

BackerKit Add-Ons

Posted by Republic Of Durable Goods (Creator)
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The add-on orders are locked. Just wanted to let you know a charge will appear on your account in the next few days for those of you who purchased "Add-Ons' through BackerKit. 

ALSO, WE ARE EXTENDING A BIG THANK YOU! Together our singular mission is to enable outstanding outdoor experiences through fanatically user-designed products.  The outdoors is ours to enjoy, share, and admire. Republic products are made to encourage outside time and diversion. 

MAKE HAPPY!