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Fire Escape - prepared for everything, escape when necessary

Clip it, cut it, turn it, smash it, pop it, spark it, escape it with the fire-starting multitool carabiner inspired by first-responders

Fire Escape - prepared for everything, escape when necessary

Clip it, cut it, turn it, smash it, pop it, spark it, escape it with the fire-starting multitool carabiner inspired by first-responders

$22,159
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31days to go

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About


Introducing the Fire Escape, a small, 1.7 oz multi-tool that can save your life!

You, the Kickstarter community, helped us bring the firebiner® to the world where it has garnered a lot of great praise and recognition. Among the many fans were a lot of first-responder backers and buddies. We had many good discussions and received several requests for a second generation multitool carabiner. …we took a bunch of notes, got to work and created the “Fire Escape” – a must-carry for everyone, not just first-responders.

For over a year we have been testing prototypes and are finally ready to bring the Fire Escape to market. We need your support for the first production run. Thanks for supporting small business and all our first responder buddies who are itching to get their hands on one of these!

Yes, we're a small company...but we've been featured in big places! Among the many accolades, our firebiner® was labeled "Best Gadget" by Backpacker Magazine in their 2019 gear guide. Much love and respect to our community!

The Fire Escape shares some of the beloved features with the firebiner®, like our patent-pending EverSpark fire wheel with replaceable ferro rods. However, based on our research and feedback, we have added a bunch of really cool, new features and functionality. Check these out:

  •  Bigger, beefy custom cutting blade that is replaceable (includes rubber cap to safely cover blade when not in use)
  • Tungsten carbide-tipped window breaker
  • O2 wrench & hang slot
  • ¼” hex wrench & hang slot

These are in addition to the tried and true favorites:

  • EverSpark fire wheel
  • Replaceable ferro rods
  • Bottle opener, but in a new location
  • Titanium coated stainless steel body, rated for 100 lbs of gear

As with many emergency items, we pray you will never need them, but if the need does arise, you will certainly be glad you have them with you. One of the best things about the Fire Escape is that it is just as useful for every day carry as it is for emergencies.

The Fire Escape pairs well with any first aid kit or first responder kit. ...and especially well with MyMedic kits...the best emergency kits on the planet. We are planning on having two color choices: Black or Silver. We may add more choices as stretch goals.  

Seat Belt Cutter: easily slice through a seat belt to escape in an emergency

 Window Breaker: quickly smash out a window to escape a disaster

Mojica had too much fun field testing this. The owners of Littleton, CO U-Pull Automotive Recycling center were awesome (we owe them a couple of fire escapes).  

Fire Starter: light your camp stove or campfire quickly with the EverSpark fire wheel. It is the same tried and true technology we use on the firebiner® so you know it will work every time with ease. 

Accessory Kit: always have a dry piece of tinder with you by carrying a TinderQuik in your Wombat Whistle attached to your Fire Escape. Available with packages that contain an optional Accessory Kit.

Hex Driver: tighten or loosen screws as needed by inserting a hex bit and taking care of business. Fits all standard 1/4" bits. 

Bottle Opener: pop, fiz, happiness...  Easily remove your bottle cap.

O2 Wrench: ditch unnecessary extra tools and know you're covered. No more fumbling around when every second counts - oxygen tank open in no time. We let one of the prototypes take a hospital and ambulance run...it performed flawlessly

Replaceable Ferro Rods: never be without a spark in your life. With 2 extra replaceable ferro rods lasting over 2,000 sparks each, your Fire Escape will be your go-to fire starter. 

To replace the ferro rod you simply unscrew the set screw and take out the spring and old ferro rod remnant before putting it all back together again – ferro rod, spring and then set screw. But before you replace the ferro rod, try tightening up the set screw to apply a little more pressure and you may get a bigger spark that does the trick.

For the price of a movie night out you can invest in the newest and coolest life-saving device on the market. Fire escape - $20. Peace of mind - priceless.

If you love to explore, have a passion to be prepared, ...have a camp stove, have a vehicle with a window, you need this. It needs you. Let the Fire Escape join your adventure. Be prepared for anything, escape when necessary

And for all you brave men and women risking your lives to help the rest of us on a daily basis, we think you will love the functionality and ease of use of this small, lightweight multitool that you can carry with you anywhere and everywhere.  

We, at Outdoor Element, have been working closely with our national parks. Mike loves to run races (half marathons, sprints, ultras, etc) with a group called Vacation Races and has spent much time in many of our national parks these past couple of seasons. He better keep training or his daughter will pass him up soon. We are a proud sponsor of the Public Lands Alliance, the group that manages our wonderful national parks. By supporting Outdoor Element, you help us support our national parks.

For you technical folks out there, check out all this fun stuff: It's always a process...it all starts with an idea, a conversation, a scratch in a notebook, 2D drawings, 3D models then prototypes...it evolves. We love this process. 

TIMELINE

Our factory was willing to start the tooling process to help us meet our timing needs. Tooling is already in process. Now we need your help for the initial PO. Here are some of our expected milestones with dates:

  • Oct 20 tooling completed & production materials secured
  • Oct 31 testing and evaluation completed
  • Nov 1 production started
  • Dec 4 initial production completed and packaging started
  • Dec 7 packaging completed and ready to air-ship
  • Dec 15 receive shipment and begin shipping out from our "warehouse" (US early-bird orders first, to arrive before Christmas)

We are in constant communication with the factory to ensure all their preparations are in order for a smooth and seamless production. Even with the best planning and backup plans, there are always possibilities for delays. We are doing all we can to minimize those chances and to get the product into your hands before the holidays.

We have experience. We learned from the firebiner®. We listen to our community. We made improvements, dialed it in, and are ready to deliver a great product. We are working with the same factory that produces the firebiner®, so the learning curve will be short and we can get a quality product into your hands as soon as possible.

Meet the Team

Michael is the founder and chief innovator. He is an accomplished engineer with lots of experience in medical and aerospace, and several patents under his belt. With his passion for the outdoors and for business, he embarked on a new adventure in life, quit his day job a couple years ago and is focusing all his attention on Outdoor Element, despite several offers to bring him back into corporate life. His wife and four girls keep him young and active. His native American name is Bodaway, which means "fire maker", which turns out to be pretty appropriate here.

Joe is the operations chief. He has over 25 years experience successfully running operations for small consumer product companies. After the last company he was with sold, Joe was semi-retired (aka being lazy and driving his wife crazy) when a mutual friend introduced him to Michael. Joe agreed to buy dinner at their first meeting but conveniently forgot his wallet and stuck Michael with the bill. True story, and forgetting his wallet really was an accident (or so he says).

This is where the logistic magic happens, in Joe's basement. Yes, our pick & staging station is really a covered pool table. The storage table in the back is the air-hockey table. And that is Michael's beautiful bride in the picture with us. It is a good thing Joe's kids are mostly out of the house, with only his daughter, his wife and him left at home, so the pool table and air-hockey only get used a couple times a year. Otherwise, this is what it basically looks like in our "warehouse". The commute is crazy. :)

Explore with confidence.  

Risks and challenges

Our partner-factory making the Fire Escape has been great. We have worked with them for a few years now. They get us. They get the product. The learning curve will be minimal. However, we still have to wait until the body mold is finished before we can make the blade mold and the silicon cap mold, so that adds to lead time. We do plan to air-ship the initial orders to save time. This will be right before the holidays, but should be after the main rush to get product to retail. We have the current tariff wars going on which adds some cost pressure, but we have already factored that into our pricing. If the tariffs go up, then we will need to reevaluate prior to the close of the campaign.
As for the product, we learned a lot with the Firebiner, having delivered tens of thousands to the marketplace already, and are incorporating those lessons into the Fire Escape.

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