Kickstarter Roundup: Rapid Raft, Burro Packs, Hiking Pants, and the Haswell Knife

KickstartersLloyd Vogel

This week on Kickstarter and Indiegogo: Rapid Raft by Uncharted, Burro Packs by Kammok, BN001 Pants by Beyond Nordic, and the Haswell Knife by Coalatree.

 

Uncharted Rapid Raft - World's Lightest Pack Raft

Light, packable, and seemingly simple to set up, the Uncharted Rapid Raft does look sleek and functional. However, it isn't the world's lightest packraft (to my knowledge that is held by Supai Adventure Gear), and any company making claims that are obviously not true does make us question the legitimacy and quality of the product itself. Areas of immediate concern? If you've ever tried to fill up one of those wind filled inflatable sofa chairs, you know how hard it can be to actually inflate fully. Yes, there is a mouth valve, but as it is a major design feature of the packraft, I'd be curious to see how it actually performs. Also, it's called the "Rapid Raft," which seems like a bit of a misnomer in and of itself as judging by its designs and materials, should by no means be its primary utility. Flatwater? Sure. Rapids? Hard pass... 
 
The Rapid Raft from Uncharted Supply Co is the lightest and most packable raft to ever be made available to the public. Designed to fulfill a military request for rapid deployment and re-packing for fluid transition to the water, the Rapid Raft is perfect for camping, exploring, and even survival. This extremely durable 3 pound raft inflates in seconds and can hold 400 pounds.
 
  
  

Designed for the everyday, the Burro line of packs by Kammok features 4 different products. Utilizing some design features found in more cottage ultralight packs (mesh pockets/removable back pad), the Burro line was created to be both modular, waterproof, and relatively lightweight. Looks like a nice line of lifestyle/outdoorsyish products. 

We’re Kammok. Since our launch on Kickstarter in 2011, packs have been requested by our community. So we made a line of adventure grade, better made packs to elevate your time outside.

We’re proud to introduce the Burro PacksBurro Zip 18Burro Roll 26and Burro Duffel 30. Modular, waterproof packs to carry your time outside ever farther. The Burro Packs are designed for the everyday, wherever you roam.

  
  

There are a TON of pants that look almost identical to these online (dozens found on Aliexpress). Lots of pockets, attractive colors, and lots of reinforced material (knees/butt/ankles). While they look relatively cool/intriguing, functionally it's a crapshoot. Could be fine, could be terrible, but most likely they are just another pair of mediocre pants unsuited for long miles and mixed temps. 

Hey Kickstarter! We´re Beyond Nordic. An outdoor brand developed by hiking fanatics Patrik Tankred and Johannes Franzén, two outdoor enthusiasts with thousands of wildlife hours in their resume. We thought the industry of hiking pants was outdated, and felt the market needed something more! Better fit, cleaner design, and updated features!

We collected all our favourite specs and props from famous outdoor brands around the globe, added the features we´d been missing, adapted the design to fit in to 2019 and Voila, Beyond Nordic! After appx 1,5 years of developing the perfect fit, design and features, we are now ready to go live with our project. We will make our absolute best to answer all your questions and we will also gladly take your feedback for future product development.

Check out the Beyond Nordic Pants on Kickstarter
  


Haswell Survival Knife

While most known for their Kickstarter crushing apparel, Coalatree is branching out and have launched a knife on Indiegogo. Ultralight? Nope. Bushcraft? Yup. Do with that as you will.
 
Each Haswell Knife is hand-crafted with care and forged from the most durable, long-lasting materials. Whether you're an expert bushman or a casual camper, the Haswell Knife will get the job done. Made from 1095 high-carbon steel, the Haswell Knife features a full-tang, Scandi ground blade. With brass rivets and a veggie-tanned leather sheath, the Haswell Knife will keep you company for decades.
 
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