“The Carry Less, Adventure More: Survival Belt” crowdfunding campaign by El Dorado Hills-based company Slidebelts has easily beat its $160,000 stretch goal on Kickstarter and a new multi-tool buckle is now available. The project’s backers can now obtain “The Hunter” buckle, which features a unique multi-tool. The “Survival Belt” is a multi-purpose belt without holes that pairs a U.S. crafted buckle, refined over 5 generations, with a rugged, durable, and waterproof strap, also manufactured in the U.S.
Outdoor enthusiasts can use the multi-tool, including a saw blade, scraper, and can opener, for light tasks around their base camp. The 2,000 pound tensile strength of the strap can secure their gear. An integrated fire starter is ready to spark a fire, while the concealed bottle opener is available to crack open one’s favorite beverage.
Also noting other goals that the project is aiming for, the team noted as the campaign grows to each goal, other belts, known as the “The Hunter” and “The Explorer” will become available as upgrades. The backer paying the pledge difference The Hunter, which is now available since the campaign reached $140,000, is equipped with multi-tool (including a knife) and fire starter feature while The Explorer, if the campaign passes $750,000, will have not only the multi-tool and the fire starter, but will also have a GPS.
Each of the belts come with a base buckle, which is a small table in the buckle that engages with “teeth” on the bottom of the strap, this is similar to how a zip tie functions, and allows for 30 distinct size position at 1/4” intervals. Without the usual holes, there will be no way the belt will have water or tears on its leather.
The team stated, “The concept of a belt without holes has been around for longer than you might think. In many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, holeless belts are somewhat common. They also become gaining traction in various military outfits all over the world since the eighties. However, their popularity in North America as a fashion accessory is a somewhat new development.”
- Waterproof: impermeable to water, ink, and most other straining liquids
- Frost Flex: Even when rimed with ice, the strap can bend and flex freely
- Abrasion Resistant: Able to take all sorts of physical trauma without tearing or cracking
- UV Protected: Resistant to UV radiation, which means it won’t crack after long periods of exposure to the sun
- Easy to Clean: Mud, dirt and even blood can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth
The campaign ends on September 20th and has surged past their initial goal of $60,000. Some projections have it raising close to $500,000. More than 1,800 backers have pledged over $169,000.
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