Kickstarting a better campsite

We’ve seen a lot of great (and not so great) crowd-funding campaigns recently. There was the revolutionary Flowhive, the Pebble Smart Watch, and that guy who generated more than $50,000 just to make a delicious potato salad. But while you may have heard about these news-worthy campaigns, there are plenty of other crow-funding successes that have so far flown under the radar.

Rather than let a brilliant idea pass you by, we thought we’d highlight some of our favourite crowd-funded outdoor products.

Cinch Tent

True to its name, the Cinch Tent is a cinch to put up. Marketed as ‘the ultimate pop-up tent’, it can be put up and taken down in just seconds. Unlike many other pop-up tents on the market, this one is big enough for you to actually fit inside without your feet hanging outside the entrance. Available in a 2, 3 or 4-person size, the tents are waterproof, double skinned, and have an extra thick bathtub style groundsheet to help keep you dry. As an optional extra, you can purchase a solar power pack which includes two LED lanterns, four LED tent pegs, two canopies, bend resistant tent pegs, and light reflective guy lines, so you’ll never trip over the ropes again.

Cinch doubled their Kickstarter target and are now selling to 30 countries worldwide.

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Thermo Tent

Freezing in your tent may be a thing of the past thanks to the invention of the Thermo Tent, the world’s first properly (thermally and acoustically) insulated tent. The secret to the design is a thermally insulated inner tent, made of breathable fabric with very low thermal conductivity. If you’re climbing Everest or happen to be sleeping in the windiest campsite in the world, this bad boy will keep you warm.

Thermo Tent exceeded their Kickstarter target by €10,000.

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Coolest Cooler

The humble esky has been given a radical 21st century makeover. More than just a way to keep your drinks cold, the Coolest Cooler features a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, a rechargeable battery powered built-in ice crushing blender in the lid, and a built-in USB charging port. It also has LED lights in the lid, so there’s no need for you to get hypothermia by rustling around in the esky trying to find a drink in the dark . It also features a cutting board, integrated storage for plates and cutlery, and a magnetic bottle opener.

The Coolest Cooler had a Kickstarter target of $50,000 and finished with $13,285,226. Not bad.

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Have you seen any other great Kickstarter campaigns? Let us know.