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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 18 2019
$6,513
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
81
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 18 2019

About

We're HYDROLIGHT OUTDOOR GEAR™. We love creating comfort in the wild and bringing a fresh breath of innovation to the outdoor experience!

Founder, Franklin Ng and Co-Founder, Brian Mielcarek
Founder, Franklin Ng and Co-Founder, Brian Mielcarek
This is not your typical water bladder. With this reservoir, you'll never be without the essentials.
This is not your typical water bladder. With this reservoir, you'll never be without the essentials.
Hydrolight is the most convenient hands-free hydration system on the market—our competitors can't hold a candle to us.
Hydrolight is the most convenient hands-free hydration system on the market—our competitors can't hold a candle to us.

Alright, here's how it works:

We'll provide the vehicle, you provide the headlamp. Hydrolight's built-in waterproof pocket holds the key to transforming this water bladder into a capable and trusted lantern.

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Kickass product shot by Drew Lundquist, @drewlundquist
Kickass product shot by Drew Lundquist, @drewlundquist

TYPICAL water bladders are missing a huge opportunity: harnessing the power of water and light. The result is a piece of gear that performs ONLY to hydrate. WE FIXED THAT.

Yup. Water bladder plus headlamp equals awesomeness.
Yup. Water bladder plus headlamp equals awesomeness.

We spent 5 years redesigning the water bladder from the ground up to ensure there was no compromise in form or function. Just add your favorite headlamp. The brighter, the better!

So easy to use, you'll be singing, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! My, oh, my, what a wonderful day (and night)!"
So easy to use, you'll be singing, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! My, oh, my, what a wonderful day (and night)!"

Life is full of adventure. Enjoy every moment.

We aim to lighten your gear load with Hydrolight, so you never miss out. Say goodbye to bringing extra gear and bulky lanterns—Hydrolight doubles as your lantern.

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Hydrolight can light a 4-6 person tent with ease—add more Hydrolight lanterns to light a wider area.
Hydrolight can light a 4-6 person tent with ease—add more Hydrolight lanterns to light a wider area.
Ultralight. Ultraconvenient. Extraordinarily cool. Water and light were never so accessible.
Ultralight. Ultraconvenient. Extraordinarily cool. Water and light were never so accessible.
Enjoy your company without the annoying glare of a headlamp—the right gear for every occasion.
Enjoy your company without the annoying glare of a headlamp—the right gear for every occasion.

 Okay, let's dive into key features: 

More uses. More environments.

Stay hydrated during ANY outdoor activity. From first fill to last light, Hydrolight keeps the adventure going. Illuminate ANY situation. It takes just seconds to switch to the Hydrolight lantern, perfect for festivals, camping, and all your wanderlust explorations.

Go ahead. Explore the wild with confidence, knowing you have gear with more uses.
Go ahead. Explore the wild with confidence, knowing you have gear with more uses.
Literally. It just takes a few seconds to transform Hydrolight to a lantern.
Literally. It just takes a few seconds to transform Hydrolight to a lantern.
Late night snack? No problem! Hydrolight can light up your entire camp kitchen.
Late night snack? No problem! Hydrolight can light up your entire camp kitchen.
Hydrolight anywhere, anytime. The possibilities are endless (We're pretending there's a power outage)!
Hydrolight anywhere, anytime. The possibilities are endless (We're pretending there's a power outage)!

Made for ALL of your adventures.

The Hydrolight is designed to fit in most hydration sleeves, so you can take it anywhere your lifestyle takes you. With Hydrolight's waterproof pocket, you can also store small pieces of  gear, like matches, iodine tablets, and your trusted headlamp.

Fits into most hydration sleeves in your favorite backpack.
Fits into most hydration sleeves in your favorite backpack.
Easy to carry and refill with its ergonomic handle.
Easy to carry and refill with its ergonomic handle.
The Hydrolight pocket is 4" deep and fits small essentials, including your favorite headlamp.
The Hydrolight pocket is 4" deep and fits small essentials, including your favorite headlamp.
Your headlamp is so much more than a spotlight—with Hydrolight it can be a lantern and a beacon!
Your headlamp is so much more than a spotlight—with Hydrolight it can be a lantern and a beacon!

Love to hang out.

With its durable nylon straps and adjustable buckle, Hydrolight can be hung just about anywhere. Hang it from a branch to brighten up camp life. Suspend it in your tent. The possibilities are endless. Hydrolight is designed to reduce the glare of your headlamp with its translucent material. Enjoy your company, don't blind them.

We love hanging out with the Hydrolight!
We love hanging out with the Hydrolight!
Add Hydrolight for just the right amount of ambience.
Add Hydrolight for just the right amount of ambience.
How will you hydrolightup the night?
How will you hydrolightup the night?

It all began with a moment of inspiration and momentary blindness...

...you could say, the light bulb turned on.  

It started with an annoying glare; and just when I'd had enough, a light bulb turned on in my mind.
It started with an annoying glare; and just when I'd had enough, a light bulb turned on in my mind.
When I got home, I started sketching and the idea slowly took shape...
When I got home, I started sketching and the idea slowly took shape...
Then the rough sketch began to evolve and become clearer and clearer.
Then the rough sketch began to evolve and become clearer and clearer.
From homemade iterations to professional prototypes, there have been many models (too many to show here).
From homemade iterations to professional prototypes, there have been many models (too many to show here).
After many years of hard work, it feels amazing to finally unveil this project to you! And now, we need you to make this dream become a reality.
After many years of hard work, it feels amazing to finally unveil this project to you! And now, we need you to make this dream become a reality.

There's still more to develop and add on...

These amazing accessories will complete this product and add so much more value, convenience, and functionality. Are you with us?

Ready to take the plunge? Click Back This Project, and choose your reward.

Let's do this!
Let's do this!
This is what the button looks like (top right). It's radical.
This is what the button looks like (top right). It's radical.

Thanks you so much for your pledges an support!

We are so excited to get this amazing product in your hands and into your next adventure. With that said, we need your support to get this off the ground. Please join us in bringing this project to life by pledging to our project. 

Here's a third-party review of our product. We've got more to come.

Risks and challenges

Deep breath. This is our first Kickstarter campaign, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t prepared and haven’t worked hard. We spent the last five years taking steps to ensure that you receive an exceptional, quality product that’s on-point and on-time.

To start, we partnered with the “Rulers of the Supply Chain” a full-service supply chain management company that specializes in design, production, delivery and replenishment of the highest quality goods. After 7 rounds of prototyping with this manufacturer, we’re confident in their ability to produce, deliver and replenish Hydrolight. Yup, all three!

Every prototype has been field-tested and meticulously looked over to ensure that the end product meets our brand standard. Furthermore, we have partnered with many outdoor enthusiasts to gain their feedback and make the necessary changes. Our product is designed and tested by outdoor enthusiasts.

Shipment is a priority. We are working with a technology-powered freight forwarder to ship your Hydrolight overseas. We have also joined forces with a logistics partner with tons of experience in fulfilling crowdfunding campaigns like this one to make sure your Hydrolight gets to your door promptly.

With that said, despite our best efforts to mitigate our risks, some factors such as the trade situation with China or raw material shortages are out of our control. While we can’t predict every situation, we pledge to be transparent and proactive through every step of the process.

Here are some specific risks and challenges that could affect our time line:
1) Woven nylon straps and buckles. While there are many supply chains for this material, we are seeking the right one to compliment the Hydrolight, so that it can be the most versatile water bladder on the market.
2) Sternum strap and tube magnet kit. We are actively sourcing this kit, so that the cost of Hydrolight remains competitive. If necessary, we will open a mold and create our own kit that best fits our needs and brand. Our supply chain manager is equipped to do so.
3) If we add-on any new products or features during this campaign, we could experience delays.
4) If we receive a monstrosity of backers (awesome) we could experience a slight delay, however we do feel confident in our supply chain and it's scalability.
5) Shipping around the world always presents risk. There's always potential for crazy unexpected delays at home or abroad. Sometimes international shipments experience unforeseen delays that are out of our control. PLEASE NOTE: ALL CUSTOMS / DUTIES IN YOUR COUNTRY ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY—THIS IS OUT OF OUR HANDS.

We are a small company and we are dependent on several other companies staying in business and doing their job well—so with the launch of new, innovative products (like ours), we really appreciate your patience!

Our policy is honesty, transparency, and customer service in every aspect of our business. You make this happen and we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations, serve you, and equip you for every adventure! Thanks for joining us!

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    MSRP: $73

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    Get ONE Hydrolight AMBASSADOR KIT at 40% off the retail price (that's a great deal)!

    We'll reach out after the campaign for your t-shirt color preference and size.

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    Hydrolight | Hiking Buddy

    Be the FIRST to light the night with Hydrolight and keep the adventure going!

    Get TWO Hydrolight water bladders at 25% off the retail price. Includes straps, sternum strap and tube magnet kit, and zipper pull.

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