The Ten Essentials For Your Next Hike (or Gig)

The Ten Essentials For Your Next Hike (or Gig)

I got to thinking about how most of the ten essentials are ones that I also like to keep in my car, and often carry with me in my work as an entertainment technician, or as some folks call us, stagehand.  There's a lot of crossover, and I often find myself raiding my work gear for stuff to take hiking, or digging through my hiking gear for stuff to take to work.

The Kickstarter is Funded!

Well, it's the end of January, and the month long Kickstarter to fund a production run of Industrial Chalk Bags has been successful!  Right now it is at about $6,000, which is great, because the run will cost around $10,000.  We have over 100 backers and a lot of support!

These bags a a work bag that goes on your belt of harness.  They are inspired by the chalk bags that climbers carry, but have all the durability of a tool pouch.  Three inside pockets make them easy to organize, and the two layers of Cordura fabric mean that they won't wear out after a few months.

Production will begin next month.  We hope to have these bags on the website for sale by the end of April.  Multiple colors and several styles will be available!  In addition, our friends at BackstageTools.com will be carrying the exclusive all-black version of these bags, so head on over and visit them if you want a solid black bag.

We've also started a line of stamped stainless steel and paranoid jewelry, in outdoor and nature themes.  This jewelry is great because it's sturdy, waterproof, and won't tarnish.  If you're anything like me and leave your jewelry on all of the time, this is a good thing!  We've got lots of fun design stamps and fonts, so we'll play around and see what we come up with.  Watch the site, as we hope start selling our stamped jewelry in the next month!

-Lindsey

Getting ready for the factory!

Lindsey here!  Working hard to get my industrial chalk bag samples ready for the factory.  I've decided to call them industrial chalk bags because that's what they are, really... chalk bags for industrial applications.  Sew, sew, and sew some more.  I'm pretty sure I'm on prototype V16 by now.  Luckily, I've had enough folks use my bags to know that little tweaks are only going to improve the existing designs. 

I've been working on some fun new patterns as well, so I'm looking forward to being able to have a great, sturdy, durable bag that is also fun to wear.  There are so many great colors and patterns of Cordura that it is hard to pick.  I'm partial to the Urban Camo (black, grey, and white) and the Royal Blue Plaid, but some of the more earthy colors are fun too.  The Woodland Camo looks especially good with black. 

Part of getting ready to work with a factory is having all of the details worked out.  I know I want nylon webbing around the top rim of the bag, but then I have to decide:  nylon or polypropylene?  Solution dyed or vat dyed?  1" or 2"?  Even the same product from two different vendors can show a huge difference in quality.  I want to make sure that my bags are as tough as possible. 

Luckily, I can sew all of my own samples, thanks to a mom that taught me how at an early age.  Being stubborn about developing and patterning my own design certainly doesn't hurt either.  Finding time to do all of this is tricky with a toddler in the house!  However, I'm excited about this process and can't wait to have more products to offer you, so I'm moving forward with the process and I'll keep you in the loop about how it's going!