Have you ever spent any time checking out Kickstarter? I like to for a bit of inspiration and to help get my creative juices flowing. It’s incredible to see the things people are coming up with and some of the things you can find and fund are seriously brilliant. This morning I found some great stuff for campers on there too. Some of you might even like to fund something yourself!
Here are my favourites:
712 backers so far. £39,911 raised. 4 days to go.
The funky creatives behind Studio Banana have come up with this brilliant flexible light that you can take anywhere. It’s made with a white, high-quality silicone exterior, meaning it’s splash proof and is simple to keep clean. You can fold it, bend it and roll it and think how brilliant it would be to light up your tent at night. It has 24 built-in LED lights that emit a soft glow on one side. It’s outfitted with a lithium-ion battery that gives you 2.5 hours of non-stop light and then it easily recharges via a USB port. Fund it here.
CAMPFIRE IN A CAN
231 backers. $US29,751 raised. 37 days to go.
Campfire In A Can is a great little portable campfire and stove. It burns wood, charcoal and fire logs in a vertical burn chamber. It’s designed to house all the parts inside the canister which also makes storage easy. The fire is simply extinguished by putting the canister over the base. And you can cook on it too and they’ve included the tools you need to make it easy whether you’re cooking over charcoal or wood coals. Fund it here.
830 backers. $US25,719 raised. 8 days to go.
Key clips, swivel clips and lock bands make up the first TYNY Tools Collection. Created by a Californian-based cyclist to enable him to carry stuff while cycling but these little goodies would be hugely helpful on a camping trip. Fund it here.
325 backers. $US21,637 raised. $1,637 over their goal.
This is what happens when a chef and a food blogger at Farmgirl Gourmet, put their heads together. This collection of spice blends just sounds magic, and I’m seriously hoping it won’t be too long before I can get my hands on some. All their spice blends are 100% natural (no msg, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no funky stuff). They’re also gluten free, dairy free, soy free and blended with the freshest spices known to man and there are 10 super delicious flavours to choose from like smokey honey habanero, purple haze and cowboy crust. Yummo. Keep up with Spiceologist here.
There are some people who take notice of what’s happening to them and in the midst of change, spy opportunity and a chance. When architect and product designer Anton Willis moved to a small San Francisco apartment and had to leave his beloved kayak in storage because he had nowhere to put it, simply reading an article on origami sent him straight down a new path. Or rather up a creek. With a paddle.
Willis got to work and, five years on, his unique origami kayak, Oru Kayak, has just been named the Product of the Year at ISPO 2014 in Munich, the international leading sports business trade show and was named Outside Magazine’s Best in Show at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah. And rightly so. Each Oru Kayak is made from a single, seamless sheet of double-layered, recyclable plastic. A permanent pattern of folds transforms the flat sheet into sleek, fast, minimalist watercraft. Packed up, the Oru Kayak is the size of a large artist’s portfolio. Five minutes of assembly later, it is a strong, durable boat – ideal for exploring bays, lakes, or rivers. It’s fully recyclable and uses 70% less petroleum to manufacture than a standard kayak.
The Wall Street Journal called it “elegant, even romantic …. and freeing”. Men’s Journal reckons it’s able to “compete with standard kayaks in terms of comfort and handling”. It can also be checked in on planes as luggage, carried on the back of a bike, or added to your camping kit for your next lake or river-side camping trip. There are accessories to, from paddles to float bags, but I’m mad about the solar lights that turn the kayak into a lantern for a midnight paddle.
Oru Kayaks are designed and manufactured in California, and ship internationally. Prices start at $US1395 and you can order yours here.
I want one. Don’t you?!
Click on over to Kickstarter and get behind the creation of a camping chair that aspires to comfort, simplicity, durability, functional beauty and the patina of long-loved and handed-down outdoor gear. Designed out of design studio Shape, run by husband and wife designers Karson and Mary Shadley, the Field Chair is their modern update on this prone-to-crapness campground staple.
These two don’t muck about. They’ve served as design consultants for outdoor brands in the past – including camping super heavyweight Snow Peak. Now the pair is focusing on manufacturing and licensing their own creations.
I love the nifty pockets in the back and I hope the Field Chair makes it out of the studio and into the world.