Patent-pending backpack design, cutting-edge materials, waterproof, & supreme abrasion-resistance from an award-winning designer.
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
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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!