Kickstarter is a fantastic thing. Originally launched in 2009, the crowdsourcing platform quickly became a way for artists and other creative types to go directly to the people for funding their projects. Termed “The People’s National Endowment for the Arts,” ever since its inception, it’s been a hit. A big hit. We’re talking $1 billion in pledges from 5.7 million donors funding 135,000 projects (Wikipedia). That’s a tremendous accomplishment given the site was started on the trailing edge of the Great Recession.
In the last couple of years, Kickstarter’s scope has broadened to all kinds of business ventures, with some pretty amazing results. Success stories like Occulus Rift and the nifty Pebble smartwatch have elevated Kickstarter’s status to a deity-like level and at the same time have made countless dreams come true for inventors and imaginers alike. Let’s help make some more dreams come true, shall we? Outdoor sports lovers, take heed. These are products we need but cannot get off the ground without our donations. Here, in no specific order, are ten Kickstarter projects we should support:
Rescue Me Balloon
Emergency beacons and other locator devices are always a great idea to have around whenever you embark on an adventure where the prospect of getting lost or stranded is real. Boaters are the first on this list, but hikers and climbers and others who love a good trek to the wild should never be without some sort of way to be seen from a distance. The Rescue Me Balloon looks to be a simple yet effective way to say “Here I Am!”
Keebunga: The world’s 1st hard shell waterproof key case for outdoor adventure
New cars are great, but almost every one of them nowadays have key fobs, electronic devices that lock and unlock the doors, turn on the alarm and, in some cases, start the car remotely. Great devices, but what do you do with yours when you want to go Stand Up Paddling? Answer: The Keybunga
Trekkayak: An inflatable boat carried in your backpack
Inflatable rafts are nothing new, but inflatable rafts that are durable and can fit in your backpack, now that’s something!
Marina: The innovative women’s dive watch
The makers of Marina complained that there were no Women’s Dive Watches on the market that women would really want to buy. Designed by women divers, Marina is battery-free, advanced waterproof, has a wrist expander for dive suits, and comes in all kinds of fashionable colors.
As the writers say, Duck Dynasty has created a whole new generation of duck hunters. As most of these newbies are kids, Duck Words the book was created as “an introduction to the slang and jargon used by duck hunters everywhere.” The writers hope to foster conservation for nature and animals as well as get a whole generation of waterfowlers stoked for their hobby.
Duck hunters know one of the most important aspects of their sport is laying out a natural looking spread of decoys. But how natural can they look when all they do it sit there? Smart Decoy is the solution. Remotely control your decoys using your smart phone and your decoy spread will come alive.
The Lure Viewer
With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, you need a way to see your fishing lures without having to use up a hand for a flashlight. And those hat lights are great, but not always practical. The Lure Viewer gives you the versatility and ease of use you are looking for in a clamp light.
Lazy Day Lures
Now here’s a fabulous idea: Take all those discarded and unsightly bottle caps and pop can tabs you find all over the place and make spinner lures out of them! Not only are the makers cleaning up the environment, they’ve created a product that actually works. Now if they can find a way to make something useful out of those nasty cigarette butts.
Nature Made Aquaculture Farm
Fish farms are debatably the future when it comes to human fish consumption. As we empty the oceans and as the environment becomes worse and worse for fish (ocean acidification) we are turning more and more to farmed fish. But fish farms are filthy, most being in Asia where there are no regulations. Nature Made Aquaculture says they’ll do it differently, using “a number of revolutionary concepts we will be merging together for the first time.”
E-Striker: Fishing rod holder with bite alarm
Glow in the dark pole gadgets and bite alarms have been with us for a while now, but have you noticed that when you get a bite, it takes time to remove said devices before you can reel in your catch? The E-striker solves this problem by using an integrated design, allowing quick rod retrieval so you can spend your time catching fish instead of wrestling with gear.
Sources: Kickstarter | addicted2success.com | Wikipedia