It all started with me trying to teach my son how to play tennis. All I really needed was a hopper full of tennis balls, a couple tennis racquets and a water bottle for those hot Texas summer days. But soon it became such a chore just to get the stuff to the tennis court (and forget about riding a bike).
I figured there must be a good solution out there but I just couldn't find it. So I decided to create one myself, and this is the result- the ROVER Packhopper, a backpack that works like a hopper, holds 85 tennis balls, 2 racquets, 2 water bottles, and other small accessories.
CARRY IT ALL: Convenient and sturdy backpack
The ROVER Packhopper was created to make it easier to carry everything you need for a practice session. In addition to holding 85 tennis balls, it also has a large pocket for two racquets, numerous small pockets for accessories, and mesh pockets for water bottles. It can easily be worn as a backpack or pulled along on its durable wheels.
EXTEND THE LEGS: Easy access for feeding balls
Designed to be the perfect practice partner, the ROVER Packhopper has extendable legs to raise the tennis balls to just the right height for feeding to an aspiring tennis star or working on your serve.
PICK UP TENNIS BALLS: Cleaning up the court is a breeze
Just like a classic tennis ball hopper, the bottom of the ROVER Packhopper has metal bars spaced out just right for sucking up balls on the court. Built-in wheels make the whole process even easier.
MAKE PRACTICE VIDEOS: The perfect spot for your phone
The ROVER Packhopper can even help you make videos of your practice session with a handy compartment that holds your phone (vertically or horizontally) in just the right spot.
ARE YOU A TENNIS PARENT LIKE ME?
I just wanted an easier way to practice tennis with my son.
Hello aspiring tennis players and parents! My name is Eric and I learned to play tennis about 35 years ago. I still have the original tennis ball hopper I used back then that was a great practice partner, holding tennis balls and making it easier to pick them up. When I pulled out the old hopper a couple of years ago to start teaching my son how to play tennis, I was reminded how awkward it was to carry, especially with another bag of tennis equipment slung over my shoulder. I thought surely there must be a better solution, but I couldn’t find one. So I decided to create my own with the help of MAKO Design + Invent in Austin, Texas.
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK ON COLOR OPTIONS
The below rendering is just an example of possible color options. We will be asking our backers to help us choose the best colors to make sure everyone is satisfied with the options.
Hey! This is Eric. Are you interested in the ROVER Packhopper, but just not ready to make a pledge? Send me a message (click on the Rover Tennis profile) and tell me what is keeping you from pulling the trigger. I'm looking for ways to improve this campaign. Thanks!
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Risks and challenges
As an individual inventor, it's exciting to go through the process of developing a new product. It's been my goal from the very beginning of the product development process to work with the most talented people possible in order to get the highest quality results. MAKO Design has been a great industrial design partner and they helped me create a fantastic prototype that was precisely what I wanted. Now, working through Kickstarter, I'm looking to raise the necessary funds to pay for a large production run of the ROVER Packhopper. While I anticipate my manufacturing partner delivering the same high-quality results as the prototype, it will be a challenging process to ensure this is the case. But it is a challenge I am 100% committed to achieving with excellence. As a tennis player and parent who will be using this product myself on a regular basis, I would not accept anything but outstanding quality and you should expect the same. Thank you for joining with me on this exciting journey of bringing the ROVER Packhopper to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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