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Cool-Cabanas are easy, cooling, provide twice the shade and don't blow away so you can enjoy the outdoors more.
100 backers pledged AU$ 11,470 to help bring this project to life.

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AU$ 11,470

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A break-through Sun Shelter

I'm an architect and designer with a mission to provide a sun shelter to make your time outdoors more enjoyable, allow you to stay longer, make it more relaxing and safer by limiting your direct exposure to the sun.

Beach umbrellas fly away, pop-up shelters are too small and overheat. Neither provide enough shade or cooling breeze and they're cutting short your leisure time at the beach or park. Long-term risks of sun exposure are also well known. 

Over the last 12 months Cool-Cabanas have been tested and have delivered. On windy days when everyone else had to take down their gear, Cool-Cabanas stay in place. They provide plenty of shade without blocking views or the breeze, they're easy to carry, simple to erect and fold so you can relax. 

Here's what people are saying...

"I've used a Cool-Cabana all summer and am happy to say - why use anything else?" Erin - mother of 3, Queensland, Australia.

"During the summer I go to the beach at least 3 times each week, my Cool-Cabana is great and when the wind comes up, it IS the last one standing" Lisa - mother of 4, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

"They will definitely be worth stocking because I can see every family in Noosa having one", Abby - Retailer, Noosa Heads, Queensland Australia. 

"We're happy to promote them to all club members as they won't blow along the beach and they're sunsmart" David - Surf Lifesaving Club President, Queensland Australia.

"Over the last 10 days we've wasted $150 buying 3 beach umbrellas and each one is broken, I've been looking at your Cool-Cabana and wondering where I can buy one?" Katie - Holidayer from Melbourne, Noosa Beach, Queensland Australia.

Why use inferior gear when Cool-Cabanas resolve the issues and unquestionably are the way of the future?

The objective of this KS campaign is to build an army of people using Cool-Cabanas and to create awareness of the advantages. As a further incentive, I'm providing one free to a Surf Lifesaving Club or Lifeguard Association for every 10 pledged and asking the KS community to make a pledge and join the Cool-Cabana army. You'll also save around 50% off the eventual retail price.

The Cool-Cabana story continues below and you can find more detail here: www.cool-cabana.com or here www.facebook.com/coolcabana

Versatile

You can use Cool-Cabanas at the beach, the park or beside a pool

Stop and think for a second

Think about every time you've seen a beach umbrella or your own take flight in the wind, or when not enough shade is available because others are hogging it or you've faced the embarrassment of sitting in a hot stuffy polyester ...I did this.

And becasue I did, I applied my skills as an architect and multi-award winning product designer to find a solution. I sketched in the sand and set myself a simple brief that: 

  • Provided plenty of usable shade
  • Could withstand decent winds
  • Wouldn't block the view of beach dwellers (or mine)
  • Provided good airflow to keep guests "cool"
  • Be light, easy to erect and have a compact fold

The result is Cool-Cabanas, my way to make your life at the beach hassle free and sun safe. 

Colour Options:

Taupe, Antique White or French Navy
Taupe, Antique White or French Navy

3 Reasons why you'll love using a Cool-Cabana

1. You can just relax - the square of shade is all usable and easily large enough for 2 adults to stretch out, if you want more just join 2 or more side by side for all you mates, cousins and aunties.

2. Set it, forget it - by filling corner pockets with sand you have around 25kg (60 lbs) anchoring your Cool-Cabana down, so set it and you can just forget it because your Cool-Cabana will be the last one standing long after the umbrellas have blown away.

3. Light & Easy - Cool-Cabanas fold down to the size of a beach umbrella, they're easy to carry, easy to setup and fold making you feel like a real pro.

Tech Specs

  • Dimensions Open: 2.26m (90 inches) measured diagonally
  • Height 1.75m (69 inches) to roof peak, 1.45m (57 inches) to roof edge
  • Dimensions Closed: 1.12m long x 9cm diameter (44 x 3.5 inches)
  • Canopy Material: rated to 50+ UV (that's a 98% reduction in UV rays)

Who is Mark Fraser and where does his accent come from?

Mark Fraser with another of his projects and a supporter of it
Mark Fraser with another of his projects and a supporter of it

I'm from New Zealand and live in Australia. I moved here with the dream of opening my own small architectural practice and fresh food market... but the dots in my life changed when I couldn't find a decent shopping trolley for the market so I designed a radically new one. 

I'm now making, selling and shipping shopping trolleys around the world and bagged a few major awards along the way, including the Design Institute of Australia's overall award of Merit and Sir Richard Bransons support. Check it out here www.markitcart.com

In my spare time I pull out my stylus and sketch away, Cool-Cabanas, like Markitcarts are an obvious and smart solution to a problem that's existed for many years.

I know who you are.

You're confident, not afraid to be a leader and an early adopter. You like good design and have a family or one on the way. You like spending most summer weekends outdoors or just go occasionally but there's a problem, your gear is out of date holding you and your family back. 

For those of us who care about great family memories there's one thing we shouldn't be fighting and that's getting hot and frustrated. This is when things become heated.

Whether becoming heated is from direct exposure to the sun, dealing with out of date beach gear that blows away, sitting in airless polyester shelters or carrying heavy beach gear across hot sand it's anything that takes the fun outa going to the beach and causes stress. So take a Cool-Cabana and you'll have plenty of great memories to come.

It's been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to delivering this project. If you want to get in touch, just email me - mark@fraserplus.com 

Thanks,

Cheers, Mark

Cool-Cabanas are a registered design of Mark Fraser, trademark and patents pending.

Project Program

 Click below to watch the Cool-Cabana Setup Video

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Design Development

 Prototypes + Testing

 Copyright 2014, Mark Fraser

Risks and challenges

I've spent the last 10 years designing, testing, manufacturing and delivering complex products. For Cool-Cabanas I have an excellent manufacturer who has already proven themselves to me with other products ready to roll on this.

To ensure the manufacturing and delivery goes smoothly I will basically live at the factory checking on progress and quality until the entire order is shipped. My expectation is to deliver before Easter.

Evidently Kickstarter has experienced problems with order fullfillments, however if you view the video I think you'll be satisfied I can deliver and I'm looking forward to bringing Cool-Cabanas to the beach (or the park) and I know you'll be very happy with the product.

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    A BIG HIGH-FIVE AND THANKYOU You'll be eternally cool and when you see a surf lifesaving club using a Cool-Cabana you'll know you helped make it happen. I'll also add your name to the Epic Thank You Post on Cool-Cabana.Com (optional).

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    For every $100 raised from this and the previous level I'll pledge 1 Cool-Cabana to a surf lifesaving club. You can also nominate your preferred surf lifesaving club to receive the reward.

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    EARLY-ISH BIRD SPECIAL COOL-CABANA REWARD (TOTAL VALUE APPROX $214) Whoa now we're underway and feeling the love, so too are the lifesavers so here's another special batch for you early-bird-ish supporters - last chance. You get one amazing new Cool-Cabana with FREE SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA. Includes my 1 free Cool-Cabana to surf lifesavers for every 10 pledged and enjoy knowing you helped provide decent beach shelters to surf lifesavers.

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    Pledge AU$ 109 or more About US$ 74

    PLUS PRE-SALE COOL-CABANA SPECIAL REWARD (TOTAL VALUE APPROX $228) One very cool Cool-Cabana with FREE SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA. Yeah you missed out on the Early Birds but you still get a really sweet deal anyway... INCLUDES the 1 for 10 deal to support surf lifesavers so don't forget to nominate your preferred club.

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    Pledge AU$ 149 or more About US$ 101

    ONE COOL-CABANA DELIVERED TO THE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB OR LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION OF YOUR CHOICE (TOTAL VALUE $256) OK this is the big deal for the big bananas out there, simply name the surf lifesaving club or lifeguard association you're supporting and if you wish I'll also print your name on their Cool-Cabana saying "This Cool-Cabana was kindly provided by "Your Name"

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    Pledge AU$ 89 or more About US$ 60

    PLUS LIMITED EARLY BIRD COOL-CABANA SPECIAL REWARD (TOTAL VALUE APPROX $201) One original, hot-off-the-press Cool-Cabana with FREE SHIPPING within Australia. Jump in early and claim the best deal. AND for every 10 Cool-Cabanas pledged I'll provide one to a surf lifesaving club or lifeguard association so That's an order not a threat. OK I don't threaten but just help me provide great Cool-Cabanas to lifesavers and lifeguards, don't forget to nominate your prefered surf lifesaving club or lifeguard association.

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