Kickstarter Update - Prototype Manufacturing
We are excited to announce that next week we’ll begin producing our first batch of Alpine Hammock prototypes.
To do our low-rate prototype production, we’ve teamed up with One of a Kind Adventure Gear to make our first 14 prototypes.
One of a Kind Adventure Gear is based out of Byron Center, Michigan and they specialize in making custom outdoor gear. They also do gear modifications, gear cleaning, gear repair and many other services. If you have a need for gear that you don’t see on the market, they can work with you to make it happen. Their responsiveness to our needs as a new startup has been awesome and we are really looking forward to getting our first fleet of prototypes out to our gear testers. Make sure to check them out and “Like” them on Facebook. For our next phase of manufacturing we will have to choose a larger manufacturing partner but for now, One of a Kind Adventure Gear is perfect for our needs.
11 of our prototypes will go to our Alpha Gear Testers from Kickstarter. This group of gracious gear aficionados will be the first (aside from us) to put the Alpine Hammock to the test out in the wild. We’ll have gear-review forms for them to fill out and we’ll host discussion sessions over the next few months to get their feedback. For the remaining three prototypes: one will go to a lab for strength testing, one will go to a group of engineering students from Tufts University for a Human Factors analysis, and one will be donated to the Tufts Mountain Club to be used on weekend trips so we can obtain even more feedback.
We are committed to building an awesome product and this next round of testing/feedback will be critical to the Alpine Hammock’s success.
Mike and Ryan