This week on The Cache: The Zero-G Collection by Six Moon Designs, Zpacks and COVID-19, Wylder Goods, and Flowfold turn to PPE!
Six Moon Design's DCF collection is back! With 4 shelters in total, it includes 2 returning classics (the Haven ZG and the Deschutes ZG) as well as two new shelters (the Wild Owyhee and the Wild Oasis). The wild Owyhee and Wild Oasis are targeted at hikers looking to save the most amount of weight, while still having full bug protection when camping.
Yesterday morning Zpacks announced that they will "remain open for business under Florida Executive Orders 20-91, 20-89 and Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 07-20 and continue to manufacture products and ship orders within the listed lead times on the site."
The reaction so far has been mixed. With very vocal supporters on one side praising their effort to keep people safely employed, there are equally adamant voices on the opposite side vilifying them for remaining open. Over 500 comments have been made on Reddit, and it has been a pretty fascinating conversation so far. Comments have been made from higher-profile long-distance hikers, current and former employees, and just about anyone with a keyboard.
Closed as of April 3rd, Wylder Goods was an online store dedicated to creating "a unique gear-buying experience for adventurous women who love the outdoors." Started in 2016, we sold several of the same brands, and certainly enjoyed following their journey. Like many small brands that close, it sounds like founders Jainee Dial and Lindsey Davis just got burnt out by the grind of being a startup.
While many people assume small businesses close due to financial issues, from our experience, it's more a case of unmet expectations. It's not that they can't afford to keep going, it's that the immense amount of time required to keep things going no longer seems worth the sacrifice or certain to pay off big. Great concept! Thanks for being a voice and platform for outdoorsy women.
As the US scrambles to come up with enough ventilators and protective equipment, there are thousands of individuals and businesses that are answering the call to action. While there are a handful of companies that we work with that are doing so (Ultralitesacks, High Tail Designs, Red Paw Packs...), one that is leading the charge is Flowfold.