Wow! Has it been two weeks already?! So much has happened since our last update…
The BIG News
First of all, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Blue Ridge Overland Gear (BROG) as our manufacturing partner to assemble the Deadman!
If you’re unfamiliar with BROG, you’re missing out. Based in Bedford, VA, these fine folks have been making quality overland gear for a very long time and have a history that goes back several decades to include military contracts and other heavy-duty industrial applications. Their name is synonymous with quality and their values are very similar to ours. We said we wanted to build Deadman Off-Road on the foundation of quality, respect for customers, and local partnerships - BROG ticks all three boxes. Even though we’re on separate sides of this great nation, the Overlanding community is small and tightly knit. Partnering with BROG allows us to work with others within our industry, keep our manufacturing here in the USA, and deliver a high-quality product.
So we’re well underway on production and are still targeting to begin shipping the Deadman in late August. We will ship them in the order of our backers, so if you were a Super Early Bird backer, you will be first in line to receive the Deadman. We will be manufacturing them at a quick pace, so even if you backed us late in the game (or joined in the pre-order phase), you should still receive yours early in September. (If all you ordered was a shirt, hat, sticker, etc… we’ll be shipping those in a few weeks as promised!)
While BROG is getting the manufacturing line ready to crank these out, we’re hard at work doing some final testing on the design. We’ve been working with a local industrial rigging company since April to design, build, and test many different sling designs, looking for the strongest assembly configuration possible. We’ve been conducting certified destructive testing on these slings to certify their strength and have made many tweaks along the way as we’ve learned more about what it takes to make a bombproof sling.
We’re narrowing in on our final design and will be sharing more details once we finalize the design.
Surveys & Add-Ons
In the world of Kickstarter, there’s this thing called a “survey.” Basically, it’s nothing more than us gathering the final details we need in order to deliver your reward(s) to you (e.g. your address, sizes for t-shirts and hats, etc). You should see this later this week, so keep an eye out for it – we can’t ship your reward without it!
When you get your survey, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase additional items! So if your reward was a Deadman, but you also wanted a shirt – or you wanted a Murder Spork but didn’t pledge for that – this is your chance! We’re also offering some rad gear from our friends at Factor 55, Krazy Beaver Tools, and Scully Off-Road as well, so be sure to take a look through the add-on store when you get your survey.
Thanks for being awesome!
The Deadman Team