About this project
We are so excited to introduce this revolutionary new product to the Kickstarter community. The Glider™ is the first portable shelter to feature a fully integrated rainwater retention system, and made from a new fabric that can perform in all-weather extremes!
“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” - Mark Twain
Adventures are often found in the times and places we least expect, and being equipped for changing weather is essential.
Shelter. Water. Food.
Our most basic survival needs.
With a variety of mounting and suspension settings, the Glider goes up easy and holds strong. Not only does it accompany our Kammok Roo camping hammock and accessories, it can also be used as a temporary weather shelter, as a beach shelter, tailgating tent, triathlon or marathon tent or much more.
Having shelter is important, but what makes the Glider so unique is our patent-pending built-in rain retention technology.
"Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Over multiple day-long backpacking trips or in emergency situations, it may be impossible to carry all the water you need to survive, making it necessary to find water sources on the trail or in the backcountry. Many times water sources can be sparse, even in rainy weather.
Before the Glider, there was no reliable way to collect rainwater on the trail in meaningful volumes. In our tests with the Glider in heavy rainstorms, we could fill our 1 Liter FlexiPOD™ water bottles (attached to the four funnels) in less than 30 seconds!
At Kammok, we draw our design inspiration from the natural world. The Glider's shape (and the name) is inspired by the wings of the Sugar Glider - a small marsupial that resembles a flying squirrel. The Sugar Glider's wings include natural catenary curves, providing additional strength and structure. On our Glider, the six (6) catenary curves allow the shelter to pitch taut with minimal effort while still providing multi-directional support for rain collection.
Natural “Rain Gutters”
Eight (8) fully adjustable suspension points along these catenary curves create natural rain gutters. Two (2) adjustable draw cords on the center of each of the main body panels and one (1) buckle suspension on each of the four feet of the Glider allow you to quickly and easily adjust the gutters to maximize coverage and water collection. When the “rain gutter” suspension is engaged, water is then channeled to the four feet of the Glider.
Funnels & Flexible water bottle attachment points
At the base of each foot, there are water funnels that feature: overflow grommets to allow water to escape when bottles are full, Hypalon® fabric O-rings for plastic connector attachments, and removable ultrafine mesh debris filters. At the base of the funnels, the water flows through the patent-pending water bottle connectors and into flexible water bottles. These BPA-free plastic connectors fit our FlexiPOD™ bottles as well as most 28mm flexible water bottle threads.
FlexiPOD™, or Flexible Personal Osmosis Delivery system, is a new 1 Liter collapsible water bottle designed specifically for use with the Glider. The FlexiPOD is BPA free, ultra packable, made in the USA, and features a patent-pending dual attachment point design. Every pledge offered comes with two (2) FlexiPOD water bottles.
We’ve designed the Glider to be incredibly efficient for rain collection in both light & heavy rainstorms.
Collection in Light Rain: engage both the feet & main body suspension. When the main body rain gutter suspension is engaged, it pulls the center catenary curve upward forming a concave gutter all along the curve (to the feet). This ensures minimal runoff along the edges for maximum rain collection.
Collection in Heavy Rain: engage only the feet buckle suspension. When testing the Glider in heavy rainstorms, we have found that 1 Liter FlexiPOD™ water bottles (attached to the four funnels) can fill up in less than 30 seconds! Therefore, we recommend keeping the side panels fully taught and not engaging the main body gutters. The Glider should more than do its job collecting water; so staying dry can remain your primary concern. Also, when the attached water bottles fill up, they actually pull the Glider closer to the ground, providing even more protection in torrential downpours!
Given the dimensions of the Glider and all the functionality we wanted to add, we knew we needed to manage the total weight of the product very carefully. To achieve a design this lightweight we had to look at making a new ultralight/ultra-functional waterproof fabric. Amphibiskin seamlessly integrates amazing waterproofness with heat reflective technology – all without laminates or heavy coatings.
Amphibiskin is constructed using high tenacity fiber technologies, starting with a CORDURA® brand base fiber – making the finished fabric exceptionally durable. The fabric is siliconized for added strength, and treated with proprietary waterproof and heat reflective finishes.
When it's raining or snowing, you can pitch the Glider with the dark side facing the sky to capture rain. When it's hot and sunny, pitch with the reflective side facing the sky to stay cool.
- 1 Glider - rain tarp & compression stuff sack
- 4 ultralight ground stakes
- 4 patent-pending BPA free plastic connectors (for flexible water bottle attachment)
- Kammok’s guy line cord with reflective tracers for tie outs (on all six attachment points)
- Glow-in-the-dark Cam Cleat Line-Loks™ for easy tension adjustment of guy line
- Fabric: Amphibiskin™ – Kammok’s proprietary reversible heat reflective and waterproof silicon impregnated ripstop nylon
- Target Weight*: 25 oz; 708.74 g (without plastic bottle connectors)
- Dimensions*: 12 ft 6 in; 381 cm (Head to Tail), 9 ft; 274.32 cm from middle of side catenary curves,12 ft; 365.76 cm from diagonal hypotenuse
- Packed Dimensions*: 5 in x 9 in, 12.7 cm x 22.8 cm
- Coverage Area: 115 sf (approximate)
- Color: Stone Grey (top) // Silver Reflective (bottom)
*Target Weight: we have functional prototypes and are finalizing details that could impact weight +/-
*Dimensions: dimensions are measured from fabric ends and not extruded webbing ends – dimensions of final product could vary slightly (less than ¼ inch).
*Packed Dimensions: these are approximate dimensions based on total volume of product – the finished stuff sack design will be given in a project update
- Grommets on each perimeter tie out point for pitching with trekking/telescoping pole
- 10 reinforced tie out points with line locks and tri-rings for easy guy line adjustment- 2 ridgeline tie outs, 4 panel pullouts & 4 perimeter tie-outs.
- Buckles on ‘Head’ and ‘Tail’ allow for attachment to Python Straps (daisy chain loop suspension)
- Durable Ultralight YKK® buckles and plastic components
- Attachment points for storm doors – storm doors provide additional protection on open ends and winterize the Glider for snow (will be sold separately- possible stretch goal add-on)
- Factory-taped seams – no aftermarket sealing necessary
- Reflective guy lines for stability and visibility
Thank you for your consideration in supporting our Glider project. Ever since we launched the Roo (camping hammock) and Python Straps (hammock straps) on Kickstarter in 2011 we have been constantly asked when we are going to create a suitable rain tarp for our hammock system. We have been working on this project for the past two years. Why so long you ask? We were committed (mad scientist committed), to creating something truly innovative with groundbreaking technology and new materials.
I didn’t want to just add another product to Kammok’s product assortment out of “necessity.” I wanted to redefine the rain tarp/weather relief shelter, and in doing so, revolutionize the way we interact with the natural world. I hope the Glider becomes an essential piece of gear in your pack, and helps equip you for those events that are the catalysts for adventure!
Greg McEvilly - CEO/Founder
Risks and challenges
All of the video/pictures you see of the Glider™ are of a working prototype. We need the Kickstarter community help to bring this product to completion. We will be using all of the funds raised for things like: tooling cost, covering minimum order quantities of all our custom parts/fabric (which is everything...no off the rack components go into the Glider), etc. If we achieve additional funding, we have some exciting stretch goals to share!
Similar to our past project, we have put a lot of work, time, and thought into each aspect of what it will take to successfully complete this project. Our biggest challenge will be meeting our shipping delivery dates if the project is extremely over funded. Taking a product from a prototype into mass production will always surface new challenges that have to be addressed.
One of the most exciting aspects of Kickstarter is the global community that it reaches, but this also presents many challenges for shipping. We learned many hard lessons about international shipping during our first campaign. We sent out every single "reward" without fail but still had several people who said they did not receive their package(s). For some we even went as far as sending through 3 different carriers (and 3 additional shipments). This time we will be shipping everything out with tracking information.
We intend to under-promise and over-deliver. We have set October as our “ship date” but we think this is a conservative estimate. We have worked hard to minimize foreseeable risks, as we have set the foundation for this product over the past two years. Since this will be the first production run, we may have to change some things and will let everyone know about any changes via project updates. We have experience with large-scale manufacturing and have established solid relationships with our manufacturing partners to minimize our risks and to help deliver the best rewards possible for backers.
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