About this project
YOU NEED THE BEST MATERIAL BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ENGINE
Hi all, I'm the Designer of the Monowalker fatmate hiking trailer. As an avid climber, hiker and adventurer with a love of the outdoors, I've spent countless days, weekends and months traversing different landscapes and countries, and like most people who enjoy the freedom of traveling light, I went with the best backpacks I could find. But no matter how light my gear was, I still had the typical strains on my knees, shoulders and neck. As new innovations make lighter gear for the outdoors, it seems that the way we carry our gear has remained the same.
THE FUTURE OF BACKPACKING
The Monowalker Fatmate- the easy way to carry your hiking gear !
As a Product Manager in bicycle industry and with the practical knowledge that wheels make it easier to carry our essentials, I became inspired to create a hiking trailer. The Monowalker Fatmate hiking trailer carries all your gear on all terrain. Due to its smart geometry half of the gear weight is on the trailer. The remaining weight is only on your hips, specifically on the hibelt, attached through two snap hooks. These are connected with the handles.
That way, no weight is on your shoulders or neck. With this kind of support your hike will become much more relaxed and you will be able to comfortably carry extra supplies while enjoying the great outdoors.
For the past three years, Monowalker Design has successfully built the Monowalker Trailmate -a hiking trailer with a wooden platform. See more impressions on Flickr. It has been the best "mate" for hikers all around the world. Incorporating all of the experience and expertise that we have gained in the past years with this model, we have are now upgrading this original model.
ITS MADE FOR YOU - FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
The Monowalker hiking trailer will soon become your best "mate". It' s an all- terrain marvel. It is made for:
- Hikers who appreciate adventures in nature and don’t want to hike with heavy weight on their shoulders
- Climbers who want to bring equipment to a base camp before an expedition
- Photographers & Documentary Filmmakers who want to carry heavy gear and outdoor equipment
- Parents who want to camp with their children but have too much to carry for 2-4 people.
- People who cannot carry much weight on their back, due to back or leg injuries
- Youth group leaders who need to carry personal items plus group equipment
- Disaster Control personnel who need to carry heavy equipment on trails where vehicles are of no practical use
- Hunters who need to pull animals out of the woods
- Bushwalkers who want to do long distance walks, carrying water and food for many days without access to civilization for periods of time
- Fishermen, who like to go fishing in remote areas
- Worldtravelers who like to carry gear for a year with more comfort
- Scientists, who need to carry (laboratory) gear for field work
- Trail maintenance groups, that carry heavy construction gear Scientists in nature who need to carry equipment on narrow trails
These are the 8 distinct new features to this trailer.
The lightweight aluminum frame, made of 7005 aircraft aluminum, allows you to carry up to 110lbs. It's not magic, but physics: 50-60% of the gear weight is on the back, significantly reducing stress on your knees, whether you’re going uphill or downhill. The remaining weight is on your hipbelt.
You love to Rock'n'Roll ? The new Monowalker Fatmate comes with crash protection underneath allowing you to tow the trailer in pathless areas over rocks or fallen trees.
The name Fatmate was inspired by its 20x4” thick tire, which makes walking through mud, snow, sand or whereever you want to go as effortless as possible. No path is off limits with this new tire model. With over a year’s research in the field, we haven’t had one punctured tire yet!
The uniquely Z-shaped configuration of the handlebar frame guarantees a stable platform which allows you to walk freehand, swinging your arms besides your body naturally. Even without holding on to the handles, the Monowalker hiking trailer will remain stable. The (body) harness designed specifically for this model creates more comfort and equal weight distribution at the hips.
Downhill routes are easily traversed with the help of the mechanical disc brake. Located at the handle bar, you can easily operate the brakes and adjust the level of brake resistance when traveling downhill. The disc brakes allows you to stop and rest whenever you would like; take a deep breath or lean back and relax for a moment, the disc brakes will hold you and your gear in place.
Get a close look at traveling with the Monowalker in Nate Polson’s travel video. Nate Polson of “Canadian Prepper” traversed the Skyline trail in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Nate tested the Monowalker on up to 1700 meters of steep elevation. Click here to watch the video.
Extra gear ? But zero weight on the handles ?
Planning on carrying extra heavy or bulky gear like water, food, baby diapers or dog food ? In this case, you want to choose the Monowalker lowrider; an add-on rack for the Monowalker hiking trailer. With gear positioned directly at the wheel axle, no extra weight is on the handles! In order to guarantee balanced handles, you will want to distribute your gear quite evenly. You can attach bags or cans on the sides of the lowrider (rack), but as a result you will be more restricted in the terrain or trail you use. Any front bicycle bags or self modified cans with rack hooks can be attached to the lowrider.
The Fatmate is also a backpack! Whether you have to fly to your destination, or go to places not easily accessible by foot, the light-weight aluminum frame transforms into a backpack frame and the wheel and handlebars fit inside the duffle bag that can be ordered along with the Fatmate.
And of course, the Fatmate can also be turned into a bike trailer for those who want to cycle and hike the world. Its payload is up to 150 pound. So you can carry a canoe, a white water kayak, as well as additional gear. Alternatively, you can take all the gear needed for your next expedition, including several day’s week’s worth of food and water. To upgrade the hiking trailer to the bicyle trailer, you only need one additional wheel, the axle, and the trailer drawbar with kickstand. The hub of the Monowalker Fatmate wheel will be stripped down to a wheel chair hub, that can be attached from one side with wheelchair quick-release axles on the bicycle trailer cross axle. Only one extra wheel is needed!
Your gear will find its place in our own designed waterproof travelbag. Its an option you can get with the Fatmate. But a backpack you already have, fits as well excellent on the Monowalker Fatmate . The Monowalker bag has a volume of 140 l. The water sealed zipper and high frequency welded fabric protect your gear reliable from splash water and dust. It can carry camp gear, photo or film equipment or a shot dear.
My mission is to make my product available to everyone, not just outdoor hikers and adventurers but also to charity organizations. The Fatmate has been tested and used for carrying heavy gear in remote areas. Where it normally takes two people to carry heavy gear over long distances, the Fatmate carries all, towed by one person
ALREADY TESTED IN REMOTE AREAS
Three prototypes of the Monowalker fatmate have already been built and tested. We are constantly receiving feedback from explorers who use the Fatmate prototypes on their travels on foot. Based on their feedback, I am committed to constantly improving my designs and using the highest quality parts available.
We are happy to see that long distance hiker Angela Maxwell, who crossed Australia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Georgia and Turkey with a two wheel cart will now switch to the Monowalker Fatmate. Her travelblog is: http://www.shewalkstheearth.com/ Find out about her passion to walk and her motivation to carry all of her gear in a cart down below.
Another tester in the field was Mark Wood. Mark is an established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. Accompanied by our Monowalker Fatmate, he has crossed Iceland from north to south in 20 days, carrying all his food and gear, a total of 110 pounds. http://markwoodexplorer.com.
New Zealander, Kiwi Adventurer and 2 X World Record Holder Chris Linton, aka "The Earth Walk Man" is field-testing the Monowalker on New Zealand's varied and often unforgiving terrain. Chris is attempting a feat never completed before by any person, currently circumambulating the four main Islands of New Zealand for his third World Record, solo, unsupported walk, over almost a year, some 7,000 km ( 3,500 miles ), pulling the Monowalker designed prototype: http://www.earthwalkcommunity.com/the-great-new-zealand-walk-for-hope/
THIS IS WHY I NEED YOUR HELP
My company is small. I design and engineer the trailer models and let them build at experienced professional companies.
The manufacturing world sets a high demand on the minimum order of products. With all my orders in place, I am ready to take the Fatmate from prototype to product. I would appreciate your help as I try to raise a minimum of $ 25000 in order to make this vision a reality for all of you. My suppliers then are immediately ready to produce. I truly believe that carrying our gear or supplies on our backs will become history. With the utilization of a simple wheel and a tried-and-tested design, we can make hiking more comfortable and easy and hopefully an accessible transport for those in need.
Thank you for your support. Kai Fuchs.
Risks and challenges
As a product manager and purchaser in the bicycle industry, I have 20 years of experience managing and developing high end bicycle projects and productions. Since I have been fortunate enough to produce three fully functional prototypes , I can ensure that I will deliver a high quality product on time. Your funding will go directly to the manufacturer of the trailer, harness and travel bag.
We have developed excellent relationships with manufacturers and suppliers in Germany, Taiwan and Italy and only work with companies who have already great reputation in bicycle and outdoor industry. The harness maker is one of the leading brands for climbing gear in Italy. Buckles for the harness are from FIDLOCK / Germany.The producer of the trailer well known to me since 4 years from other projects. The travelbag is made by high frequency welding in Germany with a sealed zipper from YKK. These suppliers are ready to fulfill orders and begin manufacturing the minute we reach our funding goal. Tools were already produced and prefinanced when first prototypes were build. This all means that we will have all the required inventory and supplies to deliver the Monowalker to you, as advertised, with highest quality parts available.
We' re very passionate about Monowalker and very committed to ensuring you are fully satisfied with your Monowalker product. The rest begins with you and we appreciate your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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