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The MULE is a hiking and backpacking device that doubles the volume and weight a user can carry over almost any terrain. Read more

Memphis, TN Design
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The MULE is a hiking and backpacking device that doubles the volume and weight a user can carry over almost any terrain.

Memphis, TN Design
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PRE-ORDER A M.U.L.E. AND YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE, WITH ANYTHING.. WE'RE PROOF!

The MULE opens up all countless possibilities for work and pleasure in the field. Imagine packing enough gear, consumables and those extras you always wished you could bring (you know the ones!) for an extended comfortable excursion. Or that hike across Spain you always promised yourself but you couldn't figure out how in the world you could carry everything you needed and wanted. The answer is the MULE.

The MULE addresses a task that has remained unchanged throughout modern history, that is individual field load portage or backpacking. No longer is this true. The Multipurpose Uniaxial Litter Enginery or MULE allows a person, man or woman, to double the amount of load, both in weight and volume, that they can carry in the field. Amazingly, they can carry this expanded load with less physical discomfort than they would experience with an ordinary loaded backpack.

To raise funds for veterans' group, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, inventor Melvin McCoy is embarking on a nearly 500 mile walk, taking along just the MULE and his canine companion, Sherlock. Follow his journey: 

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IF YOU CAN WALK AND DRESS YOURSELF YOU CAN USE THE MULE--ITS THAT EASY!

No longer is how much you can enjoy or how long you can stay dependent on how strong you might or might not be or how much discomfort you can stand. Now thanks to the MULE previously impossible loads for a single person to carry can now be carried with relative ease. With the MULE, you can bring it all. Imagine one person carrying what would take two, two persons carrying what would take five, five carrying what would take twelve in the field! Now it is not only possible but soon to be, with your support, globally available.

The unprecedented and never before seen benefits of the MULE is the versatility of uses. Campers, hikers, hunters, soldiers, wildlife photographers, forest firefighters, archaeologists, farmers, specialty mechanics, combat personnel extraction, combat medics, dock workers, adventurers, explorers-anyone needing expanded field load carrying capabilities that is lightweight, affordable, easy to use and reliable under all conditions will find the MULE an answer to a prayer.

"Insist on the quality of the MULE or get stuck with somebody's jackass!"

To further demonstrate the capabilities of the MULE, I will be walking 500 miles from Knoxville, TN to Washington, DC carrying everything I need for the journey and posting updates along the way.

When people in the US and abroad have an affordable, non-polluting, eco-friendly, repairable, non-motorized, field load-carrying product that is reliable under virtually all conditions, it can improve lives on a fundamental scale.

Here are what people are saying about The MULE:

"A backpack which drastically increases the poundage and volume of loads in a workable, reliable, and safe fashion, as the MULE does, could be an asset to the United States Army." Al Gore, Jr. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT and TENNESSEE SENATOR,

"McCoy...is the anti-Thoreau-a man who walks far from home but leaves nothing behind." BACKPACKER MAGAZINE 2005

"You will be listed along side great inventors such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell and the Wright Brothers." Robert B. Hooper WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN INVENTORS, President

"Those who have seen the MULEs are very encouraged by the capabilities and advantages." SYSTEMS ENGINEERING & ASSESSMENT LIMITED, United Kingdom

"This product is far superior to the backpacks the Armed Services are currently using." Harold Ford FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN

WHERE WE ARE AT With your support we can bring MULEs to the public worldwide. While we're close to entering production, your contribution will help fund:

-Production tooling -Large component order -Manufacturing support -Wide scale marketing

The MULE as a patented, tube fabricated, non motorized product can be manufactured virtually anywhere. Thus there will be minimal, if any, fabrication concerns. Crucial sewn items will be fabricated in house at our facility or easily contracted out in regionally. Memphis is a large distribution and manufacturing hub with great mild year round weather and skilled labor and tech support. Shipping in Memphis is by rail, interstate highway, waterway and international airport and headquarters of Fedex Global. This said, we anticipate no significant challenges in fulfilling any of our reward commitments and marketplace commitments.

Here's what people are saying about The MULE:

"A backpack which drastically increases the poundage and volume of loads in a workable, reliable, and safe fashion, as the MULE does, could be an asset to the United States Army." Al Gore, Jr. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT and TENNESSEE SENATOR,

"McCoy...is the anti-Thoreau-a man who walks far from home but leaves nothing behind." BACKPACKER MAGAZINE 2005

"You will be listed along side great inventors such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell and the Wright Brothers." Robert B. Hooper WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN INVENTORS, President

"Those who have seen the MULEs are very encouraged by the capabilities and advantages." SYSTEMS ENGINEERING & ASSESSMENT LIMITED, United Kingdom

"This product is far superior to the backpacks the Armed Services are currently using." Harold Ford FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN

WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW With your support we can bring MULEs to the public worldwide. While we're close to entering production, your contribution will help fund:

-Production tooling -Large component order -Manufacturing support -Wide scale marketing

The MULE as a patented, tube fabricated, non motorized product can be manufactured virtually anywhere. Thus there will be minimal, if any, fabrication concerns. Crucial sewn items will be fabricated in house at our facility or easily contracted out in regionally. Memphis is a large distribution and manufacturing hub with great mild year round weather and skilled labor and tech support. Shipping in Memphis is by rail, interstate highway, waterway and international airport and headquarters of Fedex Global. This said, we anticipate no significant challenges in fulfilling any of our reward commitments and marketplace commitments.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges for the MULE are unique, as The MULE has no real precedent--i.e., prior art, as the Patent Office calls preceding technology. Our challenge with the Knoxville, Tennessee to Washington, DC MULE Walk is to introduce the public to the extraordinary field capabilities of our product. Melvin and and his canine companion will be entirely outfitted with supplies borne on the MULE.
The risks for this unusual product introduction are multi-layered. There is the obvious physical risk of any long-distance field journey. We use tried and tested techniques and procedures for safety such as walking against traffic in order to see everything coming, making it clear we don't need a ride, never walking at night, always alerting law enforcement, etc. We also expect significant activity on the manufacturing, public relations and social media fronts related to the MULE. We see that as both a risk and a challenge.

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