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Our most basic survival needs: water, food & shelter. Over multiple day long backpacking trips, it may not be feasible to pack all the water you need to survive making it necessary to find water sources while on the trail or in the backcountry. Many times water sources can be sparse, even in rainy weather. Before the Glider, there was no reliable way to collect rainwater in meaningful volumes.
Catenary Curves - The six (6) catenary curves allow shelter to pitch taut with minimal effort and provide directional support for rain collection. At Kammok, we draw our inspiration from the design of the natural world. The Glider is inspired by the shape of the Sugar Glider - a small marsupial that resembles a flying squirrel.
Natural “Rain Gutters” - Rain gutters are created along the catenary curves using fully adjustable suspension. There are eight (8) “rain gutter” suspension points on the two sides of the Glider - two (2) adjustable draw cords on the center of each of the main body panels and one (1) buckle suspension on each of the four feet of the Glider. When the “rain gutter” suspension is engaged, water is then channeled to the four feet of the Glider.
We’ve designed the Glider to be incredibly efficient for rain collection in both light & heavy rainstorms.
Collection in Light Rain: engage both the feet & main body suspension. When the main body rain gutter suspension is engaged, it pulls the center catenary curve upward forming a concave gutter all along the curve (to the feet). This ensures minimal runoff along the edges (some runoff will still occur).
Collection in Heavy Rain: engage only the feet buckle suspension. When testing the Glider in heavy rainstorms, we have found that 1 Liter water bottles (attached to the four funnels) can fill up in less than 30 seconds! Therefore, we recommend to keep the side panels fully taught and not engage the main body gutters. Staying dry can remain your primary concern because the Glider will do its job in collecting water. Also, when the attached water bottles fill up, they actually pull the Glider closer to the ground - this provides even more protection in torrential downpours!
Given the dimensions of Glider and all the functionality we wanted to add we knew we needed to manage the total weight of the product very carefully. To achieve a design this lightweight we had to look at making a new ultralight/ultra-functional waterproof fabric.
*Target Weight: we have functional prototypes and are finalizing details that could impact weight +/-
*Dimensions: dimensions are measured from fabric ends and not extruded webbing ends – dimensions of final product could vary slightly (less than ¼ inch).
*Packed Dimensions: these are approximate dimensions based on total volume of product – the finished stuff sack design will be given in a project update