I founded Uphill Designs 15 months ago to create an outdoor gear company that cares about our wilderness and the adventurers who explore it. When I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013, I needed a pack designed for my adventure, so I built it. Backing us on Kickstarter today will give you the same control in creating your perfect pack. Find your base model, and once the campaign ends we'll handcraft your pack with your color, size, and features of choice.
Fabric and Stitching. Our packs are made from 10.10oz waxed cotton canvas; it is lightweight, durable and water-proof. Proper stitching is important for the life of a good bag. We chose a heavy-duty polyester thread, the most expensive, but strongest option.
Leather. We chose premium veg-tan leather for our straps and strap padding on the Appalachian and Crest packs. The leather acts as reinforcement and accents on the Divide. After cutting our straps we hand-dye them with a weather-proof coating.
Brass. We use solid cast brass for our hardware (excluding the Divide's snap buckles). This means that our rivets, closures and webbing buckles are rust-proof and far stronger than the normal zinc hardware.
$25 Pledge, help build the trail and get an Uphill Designs enamel camp mug or trucker hat.
Missed our last campaign? Still want awesome bamboo hiking poles? We are offering a special Kickstarter price to grab a set. Add $89, or $135 to any pledge level to receive a set of fixed length or collapsible hiking poles. Or navigate to our website www.UphillDesigns.com to pick up a pair anytime!
In 2013, founder of Uphill Designs Dan Sedlacek hiked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. As a PCT thru-hiker who made much of his own gear for the 2,665 mile trek, Dan understands what it takes for products to hold up on any terrain. Because of his experiences on the trail, he sought to create a new type of hiking equipment that better connects hikers to their natural surroundings.
At Uphill Designs, we believe that the gear we use in nature reflects our attitudes towards it. Our gear evokes the feelings of being on the trail: natural materials, burned logos, and simple designs leave a hiker yearning for the simple beauty of the woods and the smell of a campfire. We know that the modern adventurer spends most of their time away from nature so we built a product that allows everyone to stay connected with the outdoors wherever they go.
Dan founded Uphill Designs after thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. During the 2,665 miles, he carried a tent and pack he had sewn himself. He was given the trail name Uphill for his love of steep climbs and breathtaking views. Dan now uses his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington to create hiking equipment perfect for the trail. Outside of the workshop he loves to climb cliffs throughout Washington.
David is the numbers guy. His favorite hike is the Na Pali Coast trail in Hawaii. He helped co-found Uphill while earning his MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He now splits his time between creating sustainable hiking equipment, working for a Seattle management consulting firm and growing the best kale in Seattle.
Mallory is the lead strategist and marketer at Uphill Designs. She joined the team after completing a Masters of Science in Bioengineering with a focus on Global Health Diagnostics at the University of Washington. She loves exploring the back-country of Glacier National Park and takes her camera wherever she goes. When she is not cutting leather or writing press releases she loves to teach yoga and make chocolate-centric desserts.
Risks and challenges
We are a team experienced both in Kickstarter and in physical manufacturing. We delivered our first Kickstarter project on time and on budget, even when faced with unexpected delays. We believe in open, honest communication with backers and provide updates monthly.
The handcrafted nature of our design process allows us to maintain great control of our production line and solve problems and delays quickly. We have made our prototype backpacks from the suppliers of our raw materials and are ready to order in bulk.
Our output is limited by the time it takes to sew packs. Depending on the number of bags purchased, our fulfillment timeline may vary. We will keep you posted on any anticipated changes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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