The Olympian | Portable Car Top Fly Rod Carrier
The Olympian | Portable Car Top Fly Rod Carrier
The Olympian lets you carry your rigged fly rod on top of your vehicle PLUS quickly telescopes, becoming a compact rod & reel case.
The Olympian lets you carry your rigged fly rod on top of your vehicle PLUS quickly telescopes, becoming a compact rod & reel case. Read more
The Olympian is a versatile fly rod & reel storage system that gives you the option of bringing your fully rigged fly rod along on top of your vehicle AND telescopes into a standard rod and reel case. With innovative features like a weather proof housing-liner and fast, stowable clamping system, The Olympian has something to offer all fly anglers.
The Olympian's Patent Pending technology allows you to conveniently carry a collapsed 4-piece fly rod and reel on your person in a compact, rugged, lockable case.
Having the capability of bringing a collapsed rod carrier with you anywhere is extremely useful for fly anglers. Throw it in your trunk, in the backseat, bring it in the house with you at the end of the day, or carry it with you on the plane. The Olympian's portability allows you to do more with less.
Included with every Olympian is a strong and comfortable shoulder strap for easy on-person carry. And the entire device locks, including the telescoping tubes, with a single key. This way, you can fully control access to your gear - without adding a bunch of keys to your ring.
What sets The Olympian apart is its ability to also telescope into a secure, vehicle mounted, assembled and rigged fly rod carrier. Gone are the days of needing a reel case and rod tube to store and carry your fly rod PLUS another bulky case to carry your rigged setup with you on your vehicle.
Getting on the water as quick as possible is important. That's why we worked hard designing and redesigning all the functions of The Olympian until we were completely satisfied. We are proud to say that The Olympian goes from collapsed to fully extended in just a few seconds.
The Olympian's sleek profile will fit between your existing roof top accessories so you don't have to compromise on what you take with you.
- Converts from hand carry to car top mode in less than 30 seconds
- Weather proof liner and housing protects your gear in transit
- Padded reel section: no more dings or scratches on your reel
- Stowable clamps are always with the case while traveling
- Completely locks to keep your gear secure
- Locking clamps are quickly removable from your vehicle rack
- Case lining provides snag-free rod and reel storage
- Reel-Up housing design keeps eyelets from snagging
- Adjustable mounting position & Reel-Up design for hatch clearance
- Suitable for fly rods up to 9'6" in length
- Space for reels up to 4" in diameter
- Fits almost any rack spacing
- Fits round, square and aero crossbar profiles
The Patent Pending rod sleeve protects your rod while in the collapsed and extended modes. Made from a proprietary latex compound, our rod sleeve suspends your fly rod inside the aluminum tubes - damping impacts and preventing the rod from contacting the interior aluminum walls. Additionally, it acts as a snag-free guide during installation and removal of your fly rod. AKA - you won't bang your eyelets or smack into the metal.
The locking quick clamps are compact, robust and fit inside the lid while in carry mode. They are specifically designed to clamp securely on round, square and aero crossbar profiles.
The inside of every Olympian housing has a soft liner that protects your fly reel during transport. Your reel will see enough abuse on the river, it doesn't need to be abused when it's on your car.
In order to make a functioning and cost effective prototype, we used off-the-shelf and 3D printed parts as much as possible. As such, some of the design intent for the aesthetics of the device are not accurately depicted in the prototype videos/images. The production aluminum tubes will be custom extruded, hard anodized and have rounded edges. And the housing and clamps will be molded with rugged glass filled nylon. These are the types of upgrades you can expect to see in the production version.
Meet The Founders
John and Morgan are both mechanical engineers who love to play outside. They founded Trxstle to combine their passion for product development with their outdoor obsession. Trxstle exists to tie together the common threads of all our favorite activities. Going fly fishing? Use your mountain bike to get there. Hiking up the coast? Strap that surfboard to your pack. You get the idea. After helping dozens of other people bring their ideas to market, The Olympian is the first product we've developed for Trxstle and ourselves. We hope the KickStarter community likes it as much as we do.
We will be releasing a meet the founders video as the final episode of the three part series. We want to introduce ourselves, tell a little about how we got here and announce our mid campaign surprise. Expect this video and other updates as the campaign progresses.
This part is simple. Production tooling has a big price tag and we need our KickStarter community to help us cover the costs. We have already met with our manufacturing partners, delivered the CAD files, detail drawings and component selections - and now we just need the funds to say "GO". In exchange, we're giving you first dibs on The Olympian's premier production run along with some other exclusive rewards that will eventually become part of our apparel collection. We hope that you find satisfaction in knowing that your pledge and support allows The Olympian to become a reality.
We didn't get here by ourselves. We'd like to thank...
Our Spouses for putting up with us.
Our family & friends for supporting us.
Our incredible social media followers for fueling us.
Industry folks we worked with for their knowledge.
Our manufacturing partners for their expertise.
Our inspiring brand ambassadors for repping our brand.
LionsDen Pro media for helping us with all of our photography and short films - we couldn't be happier and more thankful for all that you do Greg.
And of course everyone pledging here on KickStarter for making our dreams reality.
-John & Morgan
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Risks and challenges
As mechanical engineers we've worked on robotics systems, nanometer level precision equipment, electronics, medical devices, production fixtures, outdoor consumer products, food service production equipment and even locomotives. Our experience as engineers helps us understand how to design a product and who can manufacture it.
We've seen many products transition from prototype to production. The process is something we're familiar and comfortable with. Predicting every stumbling block is impossible, but our backers can rest assured that we have the experience and knowledge to mitigate any potential snags in our production plan. We are poised and ready to deliver a premium product to our fly fishing community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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