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The LoopAlien (TM) makes attaching and adjusting cords a snap. Use it on tents, tarps, canopies, cargo, backpacks, strollers and more!

LoopAlien (TM) - Rapid Cord Attachment - Patent Pending

TITANIUM Just Added!!!!

Also in Aluminum and Stainless Steel versions.

Hi, my name is David, and this is the LoopAlien. The LoopAlien is an ultra small, ultra lightweight cord attachment and tensioning device. It allows you to connect and adjust rope or cord to just about anything, quickly and easily. 

I'm an IT guy by trade but designing, creating and inventing are also shared passions. I developed LoopAlien over several months, starting first with a much larger and heavier design that eventually transformed into the flyweight you see today. It's only 1.25 by 0.9 inches small, but don't let the small size fool you.  Made from high quality 6061-T6 aluminum and weighing a scant 2.6 grams each, you can carry a pocket full of them and not even notice. Final weights of the stainless steel (316L) and titanium (Grade 2 or 5) versions will come during production but the SS version should be around 7.5 grams.

A family of Aliens
A family of Aliens

The LoopAlien is very easy to use as shown in the video and pictures. To adjust, simply release the tension on the cord and reposition. Once the tension is reapplied the LoopAlien will hold fast. This small, efficient design has been tested to well over 100 pounds using a 1.75 mm cord with no slipping. In fact, the more tension you put on the rope, the more the LoopAlien grips it.  The LoopAlien works with cords all the way up to paracord size.  The 1.75 mm cord is easier to adjust than the larger paracord sized cords.

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*** The LoopAlien is not designed to support human weight. It must not be used as a life saving device, fall protection or in any manner where failure could cause property damage, injury or loss of life. ***

The LoopAlien can be used in virtually hundreds of ways. You don't even have to tie a knot to use it.

LoopAlien used without tying a knot
LoopAlien used without tying a knot
Use with a simple overhand knot with paracord.
Use with a simple overhand knot with paracord.
Or no knot at all.  Using the LoopAlien with paracord is a snap.
Or no knot at all. Using the LoopAlien with paracord is a snap.

Using the LoopAlien with tents, tarps and canopies is a no brainer!

Use it on tents, tarps and canopies in place of the cheap plastic adjusters.
Use it on tents, tarps and canopies in place of the cheap plastic adjusters.

The LoopAlien allows you to quickly open the loop on the cord and wrap around a tree, rock or your buddy that's just standing around watching you set up camp and re-attach without having to tie or untie a knot.  The LoopAlien is so easy you can use it with your eyes closed.

Here's a review by Derek Hansen over at TheUltimateHang.com He's also the author of "The Ultimate Hang - An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping". He shows some great ways to use the LoopAlien while hammock camping.

But wait.... There's more!

Lock it down on some gear!
Lock it down on some gear!
Connect flashlights, hats or other gear to your backpack, camera bag or stroller.
Connect flashlights, hats or other gear to your backpack, camera bag or stroller.
Yet another way to use it!
Yet another way to use it!

Use it to secure flags, lanterns, flashlights, or canopies for picnicking and tailgating.

Hang lanterns, flashlights, netting, clothes lines, flags and banners.
Hang lanterns, flashlights, netting, clothes lines, flags and banners.

Even for something like a key chain, necklace or zipper pull.

Kickstarter bling?  I wonder if I can get it gold plated?
Kickstarter bling? I wonder if I can get it gold plated?
Sport your Alien.
Sport your Alien.
"use it for stuff like supporting a lantern, locking down gear, holding in cargo"
"use it for stuff like supporting a lantern, locking down gear, holding in cargo"

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STRETCH GOAL!!!!

$15,000 - Stainless Steel LoopAliens!

TITANIUM Just Added!!!!

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If you're curious how the LoopAlien name came about, here’s how. Not having a name for it yet, I asked a panel of experts (my kids) what it looked like. The first comment was “an alien”. Then my wife said it needs to have loop in the name because it has so many loops on it. So there you have it. Amazing, I know ;-)  So the first LoopAlien was born (or landed rather).

I'll be using a company here in the south to cut the parts.  I'll have to grind the mounting tabs off, tumble and wash all the little aliens.  I'll be setting up shop in my garage.  I'm very excited about the possibilities of bringing this design to you.

If you'd like to see my homemade CNC machine cutting out some of the first prototype LoopAliens then click the video below.

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With enough interest, we should be able to get the LoopAlien produced in other materials like stainless steel and possibly titanium.  Very good stretch goal material :)

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With your support, we can get the LoopAlien to land very soon!

So how will you use your LoopAlien?

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** NOTICE **

*** The LoopAlien is not designed to support human weight. It must not be used as a life saving device, fall protection or in any manner where failure could cause property damage, injury or loss of life. ***

Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.

PATENT PENDING

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I've spent a great deal of time sourcing the materials and finding a quality manufacturer for the LoopAlien. Possible challenges include being a part of another companies production schedule and product availability. If they have a problem, I have a problem. I have multiple sources to help minimize this risk.

I'll be finishing all the parts myself (deburr, tumbling, etc) and plan to only use a manufacturer to cut the material. Finishing the parts in a way to get the quality I require will be an "on the job" process. You can see the quality I'm going for in the prototypes I've already made.

FAQ

  • The cord that's included with the upper rewards tiers is not paracord. The cord is much smaller (only 1.75mm diameter) and is still 400 pound test. It works beautifully with the LoopAlien and is the yellow cord that was in the introduction video. It is also very light and doesn't add significantly to the shipping cost. The included cord may be removed from any new reward tiers added as the project progresses.

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  • The smallest hole is not intended to be a tie in point for the LoopAlien. It's purpose is for the aesthetics of the design and to remove a additional weight from the part.

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    The "Scout Ship" - You'll get a set of 4 aluminum LoopAliens. US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Scout Ship" level.

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    The "Scout Ship - AL/SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 4 LoopAliens (2 aluminum and 2 stainless steel). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Scout Ship - AL/SS Edition" level.

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    The "Landing Craft" - You'll get a set of 6 aluminum LoopAliens and 10ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Landing Craft" level.

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    The "Scout Ship - SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 4 stainless steel LoopAliens. US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Scout Ship - SS Edition" level.

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    The "Mothership" - You'll get a set of 8 aluminum LoopAliens and 20ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Mothership" level.

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    The "Landing Craft - AL/SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 6 LoopAliens (3 aluminum and 3 stainless steel) and 10ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Landing Craft - AL/SS Edition" level.

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    The "Scout Ship - Ti Edition" - You'll get a set of 4 Titanium LoopAliens. US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Scout Ship - Ti Edition" level.

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    The "Landing Craft - SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 6 stainless steel LoopAliens and 10ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Landing Craft - SS Edition" level.

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    The "Mothership - AL/SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 8 LoopAliens (4 aluminum and 4 stainless steel) and 20ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Mothership - AL/SS Edition" level.

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    The "AREA 51" - You'll get a set of 12 aluminum LoopAliens and 40 feet of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "AREA 51" level.

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    The "Mothership - SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 8 stainless steel LoopAliens and 20ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Mothership - SS Edition" level.

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    The "Landing Craft - Ti Edition" - You'll get a set of 6 Titanium LoopAliens and 10ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Landing Craft - Ti Edition" level.

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    The "AREA 51 - AL/SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 12 LoopAliens (6 aluminum and 6 stainless steel ) and 40 feet of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "AREA 51 - AL/SS Edition" level.

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    The "Mothership - Ti Edition" - You'll get a set of 8 Titanium LoopAliens and 20ft of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Mothership - Ti Edition" level.

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    The "AREA 51 - SS Edition" - You'll get a set of 12 stainless steel LoopAliens and 40 feet of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "AREA 51 - SS Edition" level.

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    The "Galaxy Sampler" - You'll get a set of 12 LoopAliens (4 aluminum,4 stainless steel, 4 titanium) and 40 feet of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "Galaxy Sampler" level.

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    The "AREA 51 - Ti Edition" - You'll get a set of 12 Titanium LoopAliens and 40 feet of 1.75mm (400 pound test) cord. The same type the LoopAlien was tested with and what's shown in the project picture. You choose the cord color (yellow or grey). US shipping included. Also includes $5 reward at the "AREA 51 - Ti Edition" level.

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    *** LIMITED EDITION - ONLY 5 AVAILABLE *** You will get 1 of the original aluminum prototype LoopAliens that was produced on my homemade CNC machine as seen on YouTube AND you'll also receive the "AREA 51" aluminum package. International shipping IS included!

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