Patent-pending backpack design, cutting-edge materials, waterproof, & supreme abrasion-resistance from an award-winning designer. Read more
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About this project
Max Neale, Outdoor Gear Lab - "SlingFin is a badass outdoor industry startup...ultra passionate about the products they make."
Kraig Becker, The Adventure Blog - "the Honey Badger...lightweight, waterproof and incredibly versatile"
We need your help in making the Honey Badger a production reality. Our decision to build our business with only a limited amount of outside funds - mainly from friends, family and serious mountaineers - limits what we can do. An appeal to the Kickstarter community for support is far more desirable to us than compromising our integrity to satisfy the whims of an investor with more dollars than sense.
WHY REDESIGN THE PACK?
At SlingFin, we engineer solutions to the challenges posed by extreme natural environments through innovative design and the use of the best available materials. SlingFin designers have combined the company’s patent-pending ExoPak construction with a super-durable lightweight material to provide a level of strength and abrasion resistance not found in any other backpack. Both the “Darkness Black” and translucent "Durian White" color material is made from a fully recyclable, German-engineered self-reinforced composite.
The Honey Badger features an extremely lightweight yet very durable semi-rigid external skeleton - in effect, a new method of pack frame integration.
The Honey Badger Pack can be repaired quickly with items commonly found in any hardware store or get creative and use whatever you have on hand!
The Honey Badger Pack is fitted with a high-quality, 23-liter dry bag for unsurpassed protection from the elements and to ensure your pack contents stay dry.
The Pack features removable shoulder straps and waist belt for use as a haul bag or quick and easy conversion to a bicycle pannier. The pannier system was specifically designed for this pack and can be attached/removed from the bike rack with one hand.
The SlingFin shop is a common stop for outdoor gear nuts of all kinds and we’ve gotten LOTS of design input and feedback. They're completely stoked on the pack and keep asking, "When can I get one?"
PRESS AND BLOGS
BAD MONKEYS - "These are guys with their eye on the end user and a commitment to making the best product they can."
TRAILSPACE.COM - First Honey Badger Exposure at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012
OUTDOOR RETAILER DAILY - "A curved composite wedge that holds an internal dry sack and looks like no other pack at the show."
URBAN VELO - "the pack looks both unique and sleek and the functionality is versatile and durable...this is a steal for a pack that mounts easily to your bike and does double duty as a daypack, climbing pack, and everything else shown in the video."
Over the past year, we have used, abused and generally beat the snot out of each prototype. We put it through the nastiest tests we could think of and from those results, we refined the design until we came up with something that was worthy of the Honey Badger name. Our testing included dragging it behind trucks, dropping it out of planes, floating it through whitewater rapids, rappelling down waterfalls, and bushwacking out of canyons just to name a few. Details on these tests and their results are posted on our Test to Destruction site.
The design of the Honey Badger Pack has reached final prototyping stage and with your help can begin full-scale production.
We have decades of experience producing and delivering complicated outdoor equipment and existing relationships with the fabricator and materials suppliers that we need to manufacture this pack. Finding the latest and best materials is what we do every day in making expedition gear.
Reaching our goal will allow us to purchase shell materials, fabrics, foams, climbing rope and other raw materials. It will also allow us to develop multiple component part production molds and cutting molds for the shell materials. These costs really add up. In addition, we have some pretty steep minimum order quantities that need to be met.
With your support we plan to deliver all Honey Badger Packs within six to eight months of project funding.
WHO IS SLINGFIN?
SlingFin is a relatively new Berkeley-based business started by former founders and employees of Mountain Hardwear among others. We strive to make the most innovative, best quality outdoor gear possible – carrying on the spirit and sensibilities of the original outdoor industry innovators before corporate overlords and Wall Street money arrived.
To date, SlingFin has relied on seed money from friends, family, and outdoor enthusiasts. Only with your help can we start full-scale production of the Honey Badger Pack.
Some of us have worked in the industry for decades and some of us are recent converts who punched out of the worlds of high-tech, online media and engineering to work in a more satisfying environment for little or no pay.
Design is led by Martin Zemitis, who is perhaps the best-known tent designer in the world. His designs have been relied on for decades as trusted expedition shelters. Martin created all of SlingFin’s current offering of high-altitude expedition tents as well as all of Mountain Hardwear’s tents and most of their sleeping bags through 2008. He designed a number of tents and sleeping bags for Sierra Designs and The North Face before that. Martin’s product designs have won dozens of awards including Backpacker’s “Gear of the Year.”
SlingFin launched its products on Mount Everest in Spring, 2011. Since then, we have made a limited number of products for high-altitude expeditions with the aim of slowly building a business for the long-term that retains our founding ethics and spirit.
SlingFin began on a simple premise that has marked the success of industry leaders since the 1960s – with passion and experience we design and build the best gear possible.
We love the freedom and excitement of designing, building and bringing to life new, innovative products and the true team spirit that comes with a start-up business in this industry.
We are not fans of the changes over the past 20 years that retail consolidation and a heavy financial focus have brought about. Many gear businesses now design for “big-box” retail buyers instead of real users, with ever cheaper material and lower prices the mantra.
The SlingFin shop workspace includes perhaps the world's largest communal desk - Martin's old ping pong table. All ideas are valid and at least heard (if not implemented). We will try our best to retain this spirit of open ideas and input as we grow and keep the corporate hairball at bay as long as possible (sorry, no cute cat video - how about a pic of Buddy?).
SOME GREAT REWARDS
Here is some more detail on a few of our rewards. If you have any questions on anything please just ask - or come on by the shop if you are in the Bay Area!
THE SLINGFIN COBRA CLIP IN ACTION
THE SLINGFIN L-CAP
THE SLINGFIN GUIDE CAP
THE SLINGFIN GUIDE CAP & SOCRATIC DISCOURSE
THE SLINGFIN LOGO T-SHIRT (Sky & Devo)
THE SLINGFIN DRY BAG
SLINGFIN'S ROBERT LINK - YOUR GUIDE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
CLICK ON MARTIN'S RIG FOR "TEST TO DESTRUCTION" RESULTS!
Big thanks to our filmmaker friends!!
Herb - Editing and Spiritual Guidance on facebook or email herb at firstgeneration.tv
Peter - Camera Work - email petermcc at mindspring.com
Yvette - Production https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Online-Video-Specialists/463162840373981
Maggie - Graphics and Animation - email maggie at thehivestudio.com
Our facebook page for SlingFin is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SlingFin/114099871936732 and you can follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SlingFin
You can sign up for our newsletter which, if history is any guide, won't appear more often than monthly at best: http://eepurl.com/nWLcT
Yes it is. Unlike software, music, video, and, increasingly, books we need to work with physical items and components all of which demand economies of scale to get an reasonable price.
> production minimums on materials; in particular on the black and translucent shell materials. We need to buy a batch of each.
> one-time tooling development costs.
> production minimums at the fabrication plant
> set up cost for each production run
The combined impact of all this result in a 1000 unit minimum run to build the pack.
Shipping cost estimates are noted in the detail of each reward. These are our best guesses for now and we hope we can bring these costs down by the time we ship. As noted each item, some rewards include shipping costs.
Yes. Rewards items are covered by SlingFin's lifetime product warranty. For details, please read here: http://www.slingfin.com/terms.shtml
Yes, in fact to avoid adding yet another reward option, we'll throw that in without additional charge to the 10 pack only. A little lagniappe. Please tell us when you signup that you want that option!
SLINGFIN BLOOPERS & THANKS - We love encouragement and ANY amount helps - so thank you! Get exclusive access to video outtakes and bloopers AND your name included on a special “Thank You” page on SlingFin’s website.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN COBRA CLIP KEY CHAIN - This hardcore, proprietary tent clip was engineered originally for our BFD and LFD expedition dome tents which have been proven their worth on Everest. The Cobra Clip comes with a stainless steel split-ring to make it the best key chain ever! The unique design and spring action allows for one-hand access and is a great accessory to the Honey Badger Pack. Shipping included.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN L CAP – Made of undyed and unbleached heavyweight cotton canvas for a great natural look. Go ahead and dye or tie-dye for your own unique style! This sturdy baseball cap features the same closure system as the Guide Cap (see pics) and a high-quality direct embroidery SlingFin logo. Backers outside of US and Canada please add $12 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN GUIDE CAP – Designed with professional expedition leaders in mind, this sturdy baseball cap features heavyweight light grey canvas construction and the same high-quality woven patch used on SlingFin’s expedition tents. The Guide Cap also features a reflective strip at back so your climbing or hiking partners can easily spot you with their headlamp. Check it out in the Cap Video below. Backers outside of US and Canada please add $12 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN LOGO T-SHIRT – Soon to be your favorite tee. The SlingFin logo t-shirt is made from certified organic cotton heavyweight fabric and features two logo prints. Colors natural and white; sizes S-XXL. Please indicate preferences. Backers outside of US and Canada please add $12 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN DRY BAG - This is the same 23-liter SlingFin logo waterproof bag that is included with the Honey Badger Pack. Great for river trips and camping. Perfect to swap out your Pack contents quickly. MSRP of $55. Backers outside of US and Canada please add $12 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN SWAG COMBO - SlingFin L-Cap: an undyed, unbleached heavyweight cotton canvas fabric baseball cap with direct embroidery SlingFin logo and a sturdy closure system. The same well-engineered construction as our Guide Cap. This will become your new favorite cap and last you for years to come. SlingFin Logo T-shirt: is made from certified organic cotton and features two logo prints. Colors natural and white; sizes S-XXL – please indicate. Backers outside of US and Canada please add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN HONEY BADGER D.I.Y. KIT – We’ll send you the parts and you build it yourself. Customize your Pack & Pannier with your own stylings as you put it together – and save some dough to boot! Important note: This reward does not include interior dry bag – see above rewards if you need one – but we are adding in the pannier kit . US Backers please add $5 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $16 for shipping. Other international backers please add $35 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN HONEY BADGER PACK IN TRANSLUCENT "DURIAN WHITE" - MSRP of $229 when it hits the market later in 2013. Check out our video and pics for all the details. US backers please add $15 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $26 for shipping. Other international backers please add $45 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN HONEY BADGER PACK IN "DARKNESS BLACK" - MSRP of $229 when it hits the market later in 2013. Check out our video and pics for all the details. US backers please add $15 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $26 for shipping. Other international backers please add $45 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
THE SLINGFIN HONEY BADGER CONVERTIBLE BICYCLE PANNIER & PACK - in “Darkness Black” or "Durian White" as above. Includes the pannier conversion kit. MSRP of $239 when it hits the market in 2013. Convert your SlingFin Honey Badger Pack into an awesome pannier! Please indicate color choice. US backers please add $15 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $26 for shipping. Other international backers please add $45 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
9 backers Limited (291 left of 300)
LIMITED EDITION "TEST TEAM" HONEY BADGER PACK - in “Darkness Black” with limited edition laser-etched titanium plate noting production number and the SlingFin logo. These will be the first packs to ship and will give recipient exclusive access to post personal testing results and comments on the Honey Badger blog of the SlingFin website. US backers please add $15 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $26 for shipping. Other international backers please add $45 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
A DAY AT SLINGFIN! - Pick your own day and build your own custom Honey Badger Pack at the SlingFin shop in Berkeley! Work with Martin and the team to add your own custom features and learn the SlingFin design process. Get a hug from Sky, sit around the ping pong table with the crew for the day, luxuriate at our favorite restaurant for lunch, take a ride on the one-ton crane and drink a beverage or three in the afternoon. Does not include transportation to/from Gilman and Fifth Streets in Berkeley, CA.Estimated delivery:
DISTRIBUTOR SET OF 10 HONEY BADGER PACKS - In “Darkness Black” or "Durian White" - MSRP of $229 when it hits the market later in 2013. Check out our video and pics for all the details. Please indicate colors and units. US backers please add $75 for shipping. Canadian backers please add $100 for shipping. Other international backers please add $225 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (12 left of 12)
SLINGFIN MOUNT EVEREST BASECAMP TREK - Join SlingFin’s own Everest summiter and accredited mountain guide Robert Link for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Robert will show you some of his favorite spots in Kathmandu and guide you through to Everest base camp at 17,598 feet (5,364 meters). Plus, we'll throw in a Honey Badger Pack. Travel to/from Kathmandu not included. RT air travel Kathmandu/Lukla included. Contact us with questions or if you have a group of friends in mind!Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)