Kickstarter Roundup: Camping Stools, Smart Bike Tech, Tiny Cutlery, and the Eye Roller of the Week!

KickstartersLloyd Vogel

This week's Kickstarter Roundup feature projects from Hillsound Equipment, RhinoWolf, SmartHalo, and Outlery.


While known for their gaiters and crampons, Hillsounds Equipment takes to Kickstarter to launch a collapsible stool. Available in a 14inch and 17inch model, the BTR stools weigh 12.2oz and 13.7oz respectively. Like having something predictable and stable to sit on while backpacking or car camping? It's small, light, and built by a company with a track record of quality creations.

The BTR stool is the ultimate lightweight seat for your outdoor adventures.. Whether it’s cooking at your campsite, enjoying the scenery at a viewpoint, or around a campfire with friends. The BTR is always Better Than a Rock!

Check out the BTR Stool on Kickstarter



Alexa for your home, Siri for your phone, and the SmartHalo 2 for your bike. Built to be your information hub while biking, the SmartHalo 2 assists with navigation, weather alerts, road closures, and fitness tracking. Additionally, it functions as an alarm, light, and general smartphone substitute. Clever!

Designed by cyclists, for cyclists; SmartHalo 2 is the all-in-one connected device that breathes life into your bike. It helps you discover new routes with clear navigation signals. It protects your bike with an ear-piercing anti-theft alarm. It lights your way with a completely redesigned, all-powerful front light. It tracks and displays your cycling metrics without having to push a single button, syncing with the fitness apps you already use. It keeps you connected to what matters with the brand new, customizable PeekDisplay™. And it looks, feels, and works unlike any bike computer out there. 

Check out the SmartHalo 2 on Kickstarter



A simple product with a simple concept. Small packable utensils. While perhaps overkill in most backcountry contexts, there are plenty of times when a small and easily stored set of cutlery would be wildly practical. 

Why outlery? Because single-use cutlery & chopsticks suck!

Check out some pocket size utensils on Kickstarter!


Eye roller of the Week: Like making forts with friends? This feels like the outdoor equivalent, and currently, this is a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar idea. It's AMAZING what a clever video and some ad dollars can do... Built to be a 3 in 1 tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad, it's hard to intelligently judge the quality of the product when the Kickstarter itself focuses almost entirely on the concept (and not the actual tent). Want to substitute your quality gear for some seemingly amorphous generics? This is the project for you!

We didn’t just create a tent. We created an outdoor sleeping system that combines the best and most durable elements of our camping gear into one high-quality, heavy-duty, lightweight (6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg) superpack. Thanks to RhinoWolf’s modular design, you can connect your RhinoWolf to your friend’s RhinoWolf, to her spouse’s Rhinowolf, to that guy’s friend’s RhinoWolf to… You get the picture. 

No need to worry about rain, sunlight or wind leaking through because we’ve added the innovative “roll and lock” feature. Simply zip the tents together, roll the extra fabric and use the loops to lock your RhinoWolfs together. 

Check out the RhinoWolf 2.0



Eli Krebs

Eli Krebs

Have just created/designed a new innovative sock which gives Functionabilities to the people who wear FieldSock. 4-give me for advertising but I believe our sock could help so many people. Looking for other businesses to carry our product.
Our Advanced FieldSock characterized by it’s innovative and reliable traits. Sets a new standard for quality and it’s functional abilities of a sock in its own industry. FieldSock will come to be your trusted supplier of innovative functionable socks that carry abilities to help protect peoples feet and ankles. Our Baseline-1 has an Outer Sleeve with an Upper/Lower Cuff, Lower Cuff can be pulled down over top of shoe to seal the gap. (Gaiter Sock) Keeps debris from falling in and causing you to loose focus, Keeps Tics/Chiggers out while hiking. Upper Cuff used to stash cash while going out. Lower & Upper Cuff together can conceal shoe laces while playing sports or adjusting roofs ect..
Please take some time to take a gander.

Kim Kremer

Kim Kremer

I just checked Amazon, and there’s a total of 6 reviews. It’s pretty telling when the one the company highlights starts with the caveat “I’m not an outdoorsy person….”

It looks cool, but I’ll remain a skeptic, and I’m not prepared to give up my hammock just yet.

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