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TenativBy Tenativ
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TenativBy Tenativ
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$21,038
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109
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 17 2015 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Totem in Lunar White
Totem in Lunar White
Totem in Night Sky
Totem in Night Sky

Every Bag and Tent is hand-cut, sewn and assembled by a 100% blind workforce in Raleigh, North Carolina where we partner with LC Industries and National Industies for the Blind and Deaf. 

American manufacturing certainly increases the cost associated with producing MOEDAL + TOTEM.  We hope you understand that there is a significant value in giving employment opportunity to those with disabilities. 

The often assumed improbability of multi-disabled persons hand assembling MOEDAL + TOTEM make both that much more special to our team at Tenativ. We trust the same will hold true for you.

MOEDAL + TOTEM were created to simplify the way you travel. 

Our unique bag and tent combo will equip you with storage and shelter wherever you are on your journey.

What did we solve with MOEDAL + TOTEM?

We saw a vast gap between experienced and traditional outdoor gear enthusiasts and those that wanted to be a part of the outdoor community, however lacked the experience or knowledge of what products to buy. The way we decided to solve the problem was to create a product made to be accessible, inclusive, and unconventionally innovative. We also saw no reason why your gear should spend the majority of time shelved in your storage, closet or garage when unused thus we were motivated to bring you a product you can use daily.

Moedal: The all in one travel bag from the city, airport or your backwoods camp site.

We’ve spent the past year and a half testing and improving our bag to meet our everyday standards. Pack light for a day out or fill up the roomy 40 liter bag for any adventure. Moedal is expertly built to ensure it’ll be with you a while.

Totem: Our lightweight one man tent that gives you shelter quickly and with ease.

Designed to work together, Totem will fold down and fit into Moedal with room to spare. From the beach, park, music festival or campsite, Totem will give you shelter in seconds.

Step by Step Setup

MOEDAL + TOTEM have intentionally been created to be extremely versatile products. The materials for both are consistent with the outdoor industry standard of quality materials. The minimalist designs bridge the gaps of traditional outdoor use. The goal with MOEDAL is that it crossover into daily and outdoor lifestyle use.

TOTEM seamlessly attaches to MOEDAL and allows you to bring shelter wherever you go without adding bulky equipment to your load.

The access door on the inside of MOEDAL allows you to get anything from your bag without ever needing to leave TOTEM.  Because you no longer need to store anything in your tent, MOEDAL maximizes the space inside of your shelter.

MOEDAL + TOTEM were designed to be versatile and can be used separately or together.

 MOEDAL utilizes the AustriAlpin Sport Buckle. This side release sport buckle is made of high grade 7075 aluminum alloy and brass capable of bearing an 800 lb. load while the buckle maintains a weight of 18 grams.

Using the cobra buckles we designed our unique strapping system, giving you the ability to customize the way you wear your bag.

MOEDAL is made of materials that guarantee it's water-sealed.

The bag is made of 1200D Polyester with Ecofriendly TPU waterproof backing. Zippers that connect the bag and tent as well as the main bag compartment are fit with durable water-sealed zippers.

 MOEDAL SPECS

  • Volume: 40L
  • Capable of carrying a 70 lb. internal load 
  • "T" webbing design on back allows
    for attachment variations 
  • Adjustable full webbing straps 
  • Completely detachable strapping system
    allows 6 different ways to wear
  • Water sealed hardware and construction 
  • Tent compartment doubles as extra bag storage
  • Military standard assembly and sewing 
  • Polyester webbing with 3000 lb. breaking strength. 
  • Internal 15-inch laptop sleeve 
  • Meets the TSA standard size for
    carry-on luggage even when full
  • Internal tent pole sleeves
  • Weighs 3lbs 7.5oz

 TOTEM SPECS

  • Hybrid one-man bivy tent 
  • 7 x 3.5 feet 
  • 400 x 300 denier ripstop nylon 
  • Tent floor made of 70 denier waterproof taffeta 
  • Crescent ceiling made of 20 denier mesh for increased airflow 
  • Connects to MOEDAL to allow internal bag access 
  • Internal hang loops
  • Crescent Rainfly
  • Weighs 4lbs 6oz with pole and stake assembly
  • Includes: Poles, Stakes, Guy line and Rain fly

We are confident that we will deliver on the stated timeline and maintain the utmost transparency by continually updating our supporters as we progress through production and shipping.

 In 2012, Tenativ founder Michael Stevenson had a reliable full-time job, but he dreamed of creating a business that would combine his passion for discovery and exploration with his desire to support those who have been pushed to the margins. He decided to take a risk and discover what would happen if he actually pursued his dreams. He quit his job, recruited artist Joshua Anderson, economists Samuel Oliver and Scott Hunthausen and together they created Tenativ, a lifestyle brand that designs sustainable goods that provide shelter, protection, and access to humanity, while also supporting housing initiatives for the impoverished. 

As a legal business entity, Tenativ gives 10% of profit or 1% of net sales, whichever is greater, to support housing and employment initiatives for the 100,000 chronically homeless individuals in the United States.

MOEDAL + TOTEM evolved out of a concept that would provide shelter for the homeless into a product model that would use responsible business practices to help create a better life for those who are in need.

This summer, Founder Michael Stevenson and Co-Founder Joshua Anderson hiked 150 miles from Houston, TX to Austin, TX field testing MOEDAL + TOTEM and raising $4000 in support of their cause partner, Covenant House International, an agency that helps homeless teenagers reestablish their lives. 

Over the next year Tenativ will give financial support to Covenant House International. The donations Tenativ makes to Covenant House International will be used in the following way:

  • $35 - Provides warm bedding for a homeless youth 
  • $75 - Provides a homeless youth with a night of crisis care 
  • $100 - Provides a week of meals for two homeless youth 
  • $266 - Provides medical care for a homeless youth 
  • $498 - Trains a volunteers to serve homeless youth 
  • $925 - Provides a homeless youth with job training

We'd love to know and connect with as many of our supporters as possible. Each of us can be found on Facebook by visiting Tenativ's Facebook account. Or you can find additional information about our team by visiting tenativ.com.

Risks and challenges

Tenativ acknowledges there are always risk to be cautious of both when making a product. Like all other companies, we are not immune to risks and challenges and have worked hard to equip our team with the necessary tools and skills to work through all areas of concern. We've identified the two immediate risks/challenges associated with the development of our product.

*Tenativ is a young company that is a few months shy of two years old; however in the period of two years we've studied and developed the materials, processes, and manufacturing partnerships to assure we deliver the absolute best product.

*To meet our minimum requirements for materials and labor production, we've calculated a minimum need of 150 backers for Moedal + Totem, and we have set our funding goal to sufficiently address this requirement.

What Problem Did We Solve? Continued..

MOEDAL + TOTEM were intentionally designed to be unlike other packs or tents available on the market.
Created with outdoor industry standard waterproof and water resistant materials our Rolltop Bag & Tent Combination are highly adaptive to the outdoors and can be used separately or together.

By itself MOEDAL becomes a functional 40L daily pack or messenger bag, perfect for hiking and camping, or used as a day bag for school or work. When we say 40L, that’s actually what you are getting. Most alternative bags may say 40L, but their storage capacities are actually broken into several smaller zipper compartments.

With TOTEM we created a comfortable and practical 1-man tent. No longer will you need to contend with a frustrating tent assembly. While traditional tents take several minutes to assemble, Totem can be fully assembled in 30 seconds. We also made the tent floor completely waterproof, meaning you no longer need to worry about purchasing a separate tent tarp to place under your tent.

With MOEDAL + TOTEM we designed a way to connect the bag to the tent (via a water sealed zipper). Once connected, you can still access any gear stored in the bag while staying in the tent via the access door zipper. This frees up useable space in the tent for spreading out and sleeping (we used to keep our packs in our tents). Also, since the Moedal + Totem are waterproof, you didn't need to worry about your gear getting soaked outside the tent.

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    Spring 2016 - Join Tenativ on a 4 day, 3 night trip down the Sabine River along the Texas/Louisiana Border. Ranked among the Top 7 Thru-Paddles in the United States. Includes all reward items.

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