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By Ben Wood
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As an international teacher I fly a lot and love it, but the dry recycled air, bad smells, harsh lights, lack of privacy and cramped environment make it difficult to get  a good rest. I was wasting time recuperating from my flights!

I needed an inflight sanctuary for privacy and protection. Ideally one that didn't lay right on my face, lightweight, breathable, and easy to use and pack! 

After 3 years of product development and trial and error. We now have a SkyTent™ the new travel essential for inflight privacy & protection so you can LAND FRESH!

I tried airplane blankets but they are hot, smell odd, lay directly on the face, cumbersome and not as clean as I thought! There were no alternatives...until now!
I tried airplane blankets but they are hot, smell odd, lay directly on the face, cumbersome and not as clean as I thought! There were no alternatives...until now!
So thin you can see through, while blocking harsh lights!
So thin you can see through, while blocking harsh lights!
Incredibly lightweight, spacious and breathable!
Incredibly lightweight, spacious and breathable!
Incredibly luxurious and lightweight!
Incredibly luxurious and lightweight!
Filters harsh lights but thin enough to see out and keeps the fabric away from your face.
Filters harsh lights but thin enough to see out and keeps the fabric away from your face.
Please, help us to make more varieties for everyone!
Please, help us to make more varieties for everyone!
Easy to use and pack. Take more control of your inflight experience.
Easy to use and pack. Take more control of your inflight experience.
Please, help us to finish the essential oil inserts!
Please, help us to finish the essential oil inserts!
It works great with your favorite headphones and neck pillow.
It works great with your favorite headphones and neck pillow.
Land Fresh!
Land Fresh!

Our greatest request... "more choice"! 

We have narrowed it down to the most popular color choices now we want to know the combination that's right for you!
We have narrowed it down to the most popular color choices now we want to know the combination that's right for you!
If this project is successful we will make a minimum of (2) two different color choices, so let us know your favorites! *That said if we wildly exceed our goals I would love to make them in every color you see above!
If this project is successful we will make a minimum of (2) two different color choices, so let us know your favorites! *That said if we wildly exceed our goals I would love to make them in every color you see above!

 Here are the design options. Each color will be done in equal parts of the designs below. So you can have your favorite color and design

Here are a few of our design options, we know you love choice!
Here are a few of our design options, we know you love choice!
... And by request we have added for this kickstarter project only a "2014 limited edition" for backers of $100 or more!
... And by request we have added for this kickstarter project only a "2014 limited edition" for backers of $100 or more!
Eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial bamboo fabric is perfectly breathable and luxurious for SkyTents.  We care about your health and the health of the planet.
Eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial bamboo fabric is perfectly breathable and luxurious for SkyTents. We care about your health and the health of the planet.

That's where we are now, but how did we get here?

I began producing prototypes in 2011, the first one looked like a lampshade :)
I began producing prototypes in 2011, the first one looked like a lampshade :)
Trial and error, we put every design to the test. We found that we liked being able to "see out" and have greater packability.
Trial and error, we put every design to the test. We found that we liked being able to "see out" and have greater packability.
Once we are more established I would like to open a "made in Oregon" department! This is Select Designs of Oregon. They work with SundayAfternoons of S. Oregon as well.
Once we are more established I would like to open a "made in Oregon" department! This is Select Designs of Oregon. They work with SundayAfternoons of S. Oregon as well.
The marriage of product and packaging was another design challenge which proved to be an important aspect of the finished design. We did away with the cloth bag and the box.
The marriage of product and packaging was another design challenge which proved to be an important aspect of the finished design. We did away with the cloth bag and the box.
Learning the international shipping, duties, timing, communication, tracking, and general logistics was and is an important part of understanding todays commerce and how SkyTent can be as versatile and dynamic as possible.
Learning the international shipping, duties, timing, communication, tracking, and general logistics was and is an important part of understanding todays commerce and how SkyTent can be as versatile and dynamic as possible.
We learned that we wanted to be able to lie all the way back without the fabric touching our face.
We learned that we wanted to be able to lie all the way back without the fabric touching our face.
Mission accomplished! "Mac" enjoyed its privacy and protection while waiting at the gate for his flight. "Pip" was recently using it at the beach, proving that SkyTent is good from 30,000 ft cruising altitude to 3 ft cruising attitude!
Mission accomplished! "Mac" enjoyed its privacy and protection while waiting at the gate for his flight. "Pip" was recently using it at the beach, proving that SkyTent is good from 30,000 ft cruising altitude to 3 ft cruising attitude!
While teaching in Suzhou, China I spent the weekends exploring the best materials and factories, it took nearly two years to find the perfect one!  Like most endeavors, SkyTent is all about the journey the people we meet along the way.
While teaching in Suzhou, China I spent the weekends exploring the best materials and factories, it took nearly two years to find the perfect one! Like most endeavors, SkyTent is all about the journey the people we meet along the way.

Yes I have sunken a small fortune in to SkyTent but it has proven time and again that it is a worthy service. If this project is successful here is the time frame and cost breakdown:

The smallest run of SkyTents per color is $3000 and takes 60 days to make and dye our special blend of fabric, make the cuts, print the graphics and sew the finished product.  The minimum order of 4000 packages will cost $1500. 

SkyTents $3500 x 2 = $7000

Packages = $2000 

Fulfilling rewards = $ 2000

Total =  $11000 (I'll cover the extra $1000 :) to make it an even 10)

The project finishes end of April. So we should have our SkyTents in Oregon ready to ship by early July just in time to ship in August. 

Our new package art!
Our new package art!

* If we reach $15,000 we are very happy to introduce the organic essential oil aroma inserts!! 

Complete your inflight sanctuary with the essential oil aroma of your favorite scent! Lavender anyone?
Complete your inflight sanctuary with the essential oil aroma of your favorite scent! Lavender anyone?
Long lasting, simple and easy to use organic essential oil inserts fit ready made into your favorite SkyTent.
Long lasting, simple and easy to use organic essential oil inserts fit ready made into your favorite SkyTent.
Pack light but compromise nothing! SkyTent is the ultimate solution to inflight privacy and protection so you can land fresh and make the most of your time!
Pack light but compromise nothing! SkyTent is the ultimate solution to inflight privacy and protection so you can land fresh and make the most of your time!

*Essential oil inserts have just become available. The complete packaging and manufacturing costs have yet to be determined but are estimated to be in the ballpark of $0.75 to $1 each (clip, cotton with sticker back fabric, organic essential oil, packaging and production). If our dreams are realized I can make these by hand myself, so they will be ready for the rewards fulfillment goal of August 2014.

Thank you for considering SkyTent™! We have worked hard to get here and are happy to offer the most innovative new travel product for privacy and protection on long flights so you can land fresh and make the most of your time! 

A few reviews:

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"SkyTent is the first sleep aid I've used during my travels that served its intended purpose. I'm normally jet lagged after 14 hrs of flying and switching between international and domestic time zone. Using SkyTent I felt fully rested and energized after I landed. I was able to 'hit the ground running' and didn't have to worry about getting adjusted to a new location and or time zone.

SkyTent was very lightweight and comfortable. Once I had it on it was very breathable which allows me to fall asleep within mins and stay asleep. It was as if I had my own private airline suite. SkyTent was very easy to pack (I stored mine in a magazine) and is a great product. I would highly recommend it to any who travels!" 

- (Mac) Llewyn McFarlane FitIdeals

"Typically when I travel my nose gets so dry and I often end up with a sinus headache. However, the SkyTent provided a more humidified breathing space, while allowing me to sleep well during my travels. As a mother, I wish I had a SkyTent when my children were younger. The SkyTent would have diminished the spread of germs that too often impacts children during long flights. As an international business traveler, I use to worry about all the coughing and sneezing on the airplane. With the SkyTent, I feel assured that I will arrive at my location in good health and with the energy to be productive."

- Dr. Leigh Martin

"...After sleeping covering myself with a blanket to buffer the light, using a SkyTent was much more comfortable. I even slept through dinner it was so comfortable, fresh and really blocks the light. Thank you for the experience..."

- Claudia Medical Student at UIC COM

"This product relieves so much anxiety for me. Not only during my flight but especially before I even get on the plane because I know ahead of time that I can be in my SkyTent and have my privacy, if I want it. I LOVE this product! I will NOT leave home without it. Thank you SOOOO much."

-Dotty Roy Jacksonville, Oregon

YOUR TIME IS TOO PRECIOUS TO SPEND RECUPERATING!
YOUR TIME IS TOO PRECIOUS TO SPEND RECUPERATING!

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Risks and challenges

It is in our nature to be innovative problem solvers. We have been working on SkyTent™ for the last 2 plus years and with the same factory and have a very strong working relationship. I am very confident we should be able to easily fulfill our promise if this project is funded, we have already made successful runs of SkyTent™ product. That said we have recognized that unforeseen challenges are a part of the path to success and have learned to tackle these challenges accordingly should they arise.

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