Frequently Asked Questions
LOVE IT! I can't wait to wear one. Is the 2015 delivery date a typo? Did you mean Nov. 2014? I don't mind the longer wait, I am just curious.
Great question on the timetable. No, it is not a typo --- it is indeed set at 2015. As we came to that date, we did our best to factor in every task ahead of us, in addition to any possible problems or delays that we could experience during the testing & production phases --- and Nov 2015 was the latest possible date we calculated. It is safe. Will it arrive earlier? Most likely. Will it arrive a year early? No, unfortunately not. There are still hurdles, as outlined in the project description. But I'm with you -- I want one in hand just as bad! We are working as fast and efficiently as possible, while still running a regular business, and will deliver these products without cutting any corners. Great to see some awesome supporters and backers this early in the campaign. THANK YOU!Last updated:
I love "THE HUNTER" buckle! Great idea. Quick question, why is does the multi-tool look a little different in the video compared to some of the pictures?
Our kickstarter video was a decent sized project --- which is a testament to our devotion to quality and details. Because the video did take some time to plan, film, and produce, once our kickstarter launched we had already made improvements to various designs and prototypes. In this specific example, the older designs of "The Hunter" weren't as survival-oriented as we wanted -- plus it could be labeled as too dangerous -- so the far superior multi-tool replaced our old design that you see in the video.
We move really fast at SlideBelts, and we are able to do that because of the small size of the company -- we can be nimble and make improvements without tons of corporate red tape. The drawback is that sometimes digital media can't keep up with us and reflect where we're really at. TL;DR - we improved the design during the project and we didn't want to re-film.Last updated:
Emergency tracking is key to a survival device. True, a GPS navigational screen would be cool on a buckle, but it just isn't something we'd like to tackle right now. What we want to tackle is simple, last resort, emergency tracking -- with a long battery life, mobility, and 100% satellite technology. Ten years ago, that would have been hard to find a manufacturer to partner with us to integrate the technology into a buckle. But we found just the source for our satellite transmitter from a company who shares our ideals and can give us: global coverage, low power consumption, and reliability through multiple transmissions.
The size of the transmitter on the buckle is 28.70mm x 20.57mm, with an overall thickness of 4.13mm. There are ACTIVE, SLEEP, and STANDBY modes. Since this will allow transmitting well beyond the reach of reliable cellular coverage around the globe, the satellite network that we will use will likely require a very small monthly fee (somewhere around $5-$9 a month). But that will include various tracking methods and alert modes, and most importantly: reliability. You can be certain that we won't be adding anything superfluous or add unnecessary charges. SIMPLE & USEFUL is the key here, and in order for something to be USEFUL, it must be rugged and reliable.
The GPS setup would be accessed simply by heading to a specified URL, following onscreen instructions to enable/disable specific features of the tracker, including low-battery alerts, movement alerts, tracking, and dock mode. Notifications are sent via email and text, and tracking can be viewed from the specified URL or app.
As of now, the GPS is powered by 4 AAA batteries with a battery life of approximately 3 months. However, we are already considering alternative rechargeable methods, but it affects the water resistance of the buckle, which is important to us. If we solve that problem, and a couple others, then we won't cross off the rechargeable battery from our list.
More on the GPS as we approach that stretch goal. Thanks folks!Last updated:
If the stretch goals are met, how much will it cost to upgrade my pledge to the stretch goals buckles (THE HUNTER or THE EXPLORER)?
THE HUNTER BUCKLE is now available! We have added new reward levels that include the pledge difference for upgrading to THE HUNTER Buckle. If necessary, please see update #6 for instructions about how to "Manage Your Pledge."Last updated:
Once our Kickstarter project has ended and before we ship out the belts in 2015, SlideBelts will reach out to you confirming which buckle(s) (Stainless Steel or Matte Black) and which color strap(s) (Classic Brown, Desert Tan, Forest Green, Black, or Olive Drab) you want to receive. For the early backers, we will also discuss potential upgrade options. The full length of the strap without the buckle is 50 inches for individual belts. You will be able to trim the strap length (up to a 50 inch waist) to your size. A pair of heavier duty snips or shears are best for trimming the length of the strap. Detailed instructions for trimming one's belt will be included with your reward.Last updated:
As we move closer to our stretch goals, we’ll evaluate if additional options can be integrated without sacrificing the simplicity and usefulness of the belt. Please continue to share in the comments or message us regarding additional features you’d like to see. I cannot promise they will be incorporated into the belt, but I value the feedback from our community of backers to help assess including other potential features!Last updated:
I love how enthusiastic so many backers have been about receiving additional straps and buckles! We would love to tailor individual rewards to each backer, however realistically, to ensure we can deliver to all of our backers, we have to limit our rewards to the one’s described in each reward level.Last updated:
Your Survival Belt is built for a lifetime of satisfaction. I proudly stand behind the design and the materials of our Survival Belts so we warranty each Survival Belt against defects in the materials and the workmanship for 100 years. If, for some reason, your belt does not live up to this standard, you can contact us and we will take care of you. Once the Kickstarter project ends and before we ship out the belts in 2015, we will communicate further details about returns and exchanges to our backers.Last updated:
All you need to do is change your existing pledge amount to the amount that reflects multiple reward levels. For instance, if you wish to receive 2 belts, it would be best to increase your current pledge to the total (including shipping, if necessary) that reflects what reward levels you wish to receive.
e.g. You want a second SURVIVOR belt and you are an early backer. You would change your existing pledge from $79 to $158 if all rewards are being shipped to the same address within the U.S.Last updated:
FIRE!!! That is really cool to have a fire starter on a buckle. Super useful! Can you provide any more info about it?
At the time we filmed the video, "THE SURVIVOR" prototype used a flint with metals like steel and soft iron. These metals can be used with hard non-porous types of rock to start a fire. That is what we were going for in the video. However, as we did more research, we found that a premium Ferrocerium fire starter rod was much easier to use in survival scenarios. This technology creates an intense shower of sparks, reaching temperatures over 2,500°F. Also, it can even function in wet conditions. The fire starter rod is rated for 1,000 strikes. We are planning on offering a replacement rod, at an affordable cost, for those who need it. The fire starter will not require stones or rocks to ignite as a striker will be integrated into the buckle.Last updated:
My next adventure will require air travel on a commercial plane, will I need to check my Survival Belt?
Currently, the prototype has the multi-tool sliding out, using the buckle as the handle. But, we are exploring a redesign so that the multi-tool and the fire starter are removable. We honestly prefer the integrated version, but we are cautious for a few reasons. One of those main reasons are the laws that exist for buckles. In California, and a few other states, they have specific laws (SECTION 20410-20490) regarding how a tool like that is "integral" to the buckle itself. Our prototype does not breach those laws and we are mindful of offering a belt that complies with relevant laws including FAA regulations. To summarize, we are exploring the option of making the multi-tool and fire starter removable where one could place them inside their checked luggage, while still wearing the buckle and strap on a flight.Last updated:
Any reward tier at or above the Nuclear Winter tier has the custom buckle engraving option.Last updated:
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