Building a world class outdoor brand starting from the top of Mt. Everest
We make the highest quality mountaineering and backpacking tents in the world. Our gear works in conditions that cause other equipment to fail. Case in point: we built the only tent to ever spend a night on Mt. Everest. Our founder, Martin, has been building tents since high school and has worked at the biggest outdoor companies: Sierra Designs, Mountain Hardwear, and The North Face.
SlingFin is dedicated to solving difficult design problems. For example our patented WebTruss™ can be pitched in the most extreme weather conditions (think Mt. Everest extreme). We started at the top of the mountain and now we’ve created durable, lightweight backpacking tents to use on the trail. We’ve been in the outdoor industry for over 30 years and we’ve seen quality products disappear. SlingFin is bringing that quality back.
- Founders built Mountain Hardwear (acquired by Columbia for $36M).
- Designed the only tent ever to spend a night on Everest summit.
- Won prestigious Gold Award at 2013 Outdoor Friedrichshafen Show.
- Inventor of WebTruss, an entirely new way to pitch a tent.
- 50% margin, growing to 60% with this investment.
WHY I LIKE SLINGFIN
Patagonia, North Face, Marmot, Black Diamond – wouldn’t it be great to have been able to invest in one of these iconic companies in their infancy, to be a shareholder? Slingfin’s Wefunder campaign is that opportunity. I put my money where my mouth is, as an early investor in Slingfin and wholly support this campaign to grow this nascent organization via the same grass roots ethos that it was founded with. The design and management team, led by Martin Zemitis, is an all-star roster of industry pros with an impressive listof awards, patents and proven innovation.
SlingFin is metamorphosing into a butterfly, we welcome your participation.
FIRST OBJECTIVE: MAKE THE BEST TENTS IN THE WORLD
We’re an outdoor equipment company run by industry veterans with a passion for making only the highest quality gear. We planted our flag at the top of the mountain (Mt. Everest to be exact!) and are working our way down while gaining a larger market presence. We’ve already released our first line of backpacking tents and will soon be adding backpacks and an apparel line.
33+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Martin has been crafting tents since high school and has worked at the biggest outdoors firms: Sierra Designs, Mountain Hardwear, and The North Face. After 33 years, he’s branched off to create SlingFin for the continuous pursuit of better, stronger equipment. His design skill and passion is sewn with every stitch of every SlingFin tent.
Watch Martin’s Award Winning Technology in Action
THE HONEYBADGER BACKPACK
This pack was designed to be a waterproof, durable and lightweight pack/backpack that could adapt its users needs. It’s been dragged behind trucks, dropped out of planes, floated through whitewater rapids, and rappelled down waterfalls. Once the Honey Badger Pack comes online, we will expand distribution greatly which means more reps, more stores, and more online representation. Entering the backpack category presents a lower entry price and a much larger audience.
TAKE OUR PRODUCTS ON ANY ADVENTURE
Since inception, we’ve focused on the specialty tent market ($60M – $100M / year) to prove our technology and capture the customers that set trends. When they see our gear work in the most extreme conditions, people will know it will work anywhere. At SlingFin we make quality tools to help adventurers reach their goals and we’re adapting that technology and design for the larger backpacking market.
HELP US GET TO THE PEAK
May 16th, 2016
Our vision is clear. We are driven to build, create, improve and solve design problems to provide exceptional gear for those of us that love to explore our beautiful earth. We have the team, experience, suppliers and IP. Take the journey with us by participating as an owner. We are creative, fun and have a knowledge base that is unsurpassed in the industry but we need your help.
With your participation we can grow without institutional funding and remain independently owned which will allow us the freedom to remain true to our vision and not answer to absentee owners. If you share our vision then please join us for the journey.
Enjoy the Ride!
Martin, Rich, Al, Paul, NoNo, Kendall