Giveaway with Drawn to High Places!

 

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One of Nikki's drawings of our LFD

Nikki’s drawing of our LFD

2Lite Drawing by Nikki!

2Lite Drawing by Nikki

Hello SlingFin family and friends,

You may have seen the artist Nikki Frumkin, from Drawn To High Places, mentioned on our social media and recent blog posts. She produces incredible watercolor paintings and is a fan of all things SlingFin. We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with her to give away one of her prints as well as a tagua nut necklace!
In order to participate in the giveaway:

A random amount of winners (depending on the number of participants) will be selected by a drawing at the end of the week and announced the following Monday!

If you want to earn an extra entry, email Michael@slingfin.com to sign up for the SlingFin newsletter!

To find out more about tagua nuts, click here.

Happy Adventuring,
Nikki+SlingFin!

New sticker program is here!

Drawing of our LFD by a SlingFin friend. Insta: @drawntohighplaces

Drawing of our LFD by a SlingFin friend Insta:@drawntohighplaces

Hello SlingFin family and friends,

     We recently made some new stickers to give out and help promote our brand. They are also PVC free, helping us to further eliminate our ecological footprint!
 In order to get your free sticker, send an email to: michael@slingfin.com with the following:

  • Mailing address
  • Color Preference (see photos)
  • A friend’s email (optional)

     We would appreciate your help in spreading the SlingFin name and getting these stickers out. To help us:

  • Send us a friend’s email and we will message them saying that you recommended them for our newsletter
  • If they sign up, you will get an additional sticker free!
  • Anyone who has 3+ friends sign up will become a SlingFin VIP

As a SlingFin VIP:

  • You will become a priority contact
  • Be the first to receive any updates
  • Get access to special promotions
Happy Adventuring,
The SlingFin Team

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A message from Everest

“Hey Martin and everyone at SlingFin,unnamed

I just wanted to thank you again for making such kick ass tents. This dome is on season 6 as our dining tent at Camp 2 (21,500ft) on our Everest expeditions and it is still in great shape. It has taken an amazing amount of UV, wind and snow and it’s as solid as ever. I’m sorry I’m probably not going to need to buy a new one for another couple of years.

-Bill Allen

Owner/Guide
Mountain Trip International
Sent from my iPhone from Everest

 

SlingFin and the new JOBS Act Title III Crowdfunding rules – a funding revolution

On 5/16/2016 the rules for investing in independent startups will change.

The new law means that investing will no longer be limited to the rich. Everyday people…gear nerds, outdoor enthusiasts, family and friends…will be able to invest amounts as small as $100 in a ‘Kickstarter-with-equity’ model where many small investments add up.

This means SlingFin will be able to raise the capital we need from our natural community.

SlingFin Logo StickerWe want SlingFin to grow as a result of our direct connection with you, our supporters!

SlingFin was founded with a mission: to design and build gear of the highest quality by focusing on solving design problems important to mountaineers, climbers, backpackers, bike campers and enthusiasts of similar human powered sports.

We need working capital to bring in inventory, create new designs and move the business forward.

We’ve all seen brands we loved diluted as a result of the deals they have had to make to raise working capital. Primarily as a result of the need to deliver short term growth rather than maintain focus on a solid long term strategic vision, these brands are now a ghost of their former selves.

The new rules will let our vision and that of our investors stay aligned. We will be able to grow and prosper strategically in a way that does not dilute our core mission or long-term prospects.

Gear! Trips! Adventure! Design!

To cement the alignment, we will be offering benefits to investors such as reduced prices on gear, investor trips, and unique gear. We’re still working this out, but, for example, investing $1000 would get you $1000 in stock and also $1000 in discounts towards SlingFin products (we will be adding backpacks, headwear and some fleece clothing to our product line in the near future). This discount would never expire and could be used by you or shared with family and friends. While these benefits are worthless to folks that don’t love the outdoors, they are of substantial material benefit to folks that do…hence increasing the odds that a SlingFin investor is a true SlingFin fan.

Community.

Part of what excites us is the implications of this change for the outdoor industry as a whole. By enabling the folks creating real consumer value, e.g. outdoor gear designers and developers, to build independent businesses, the new Act will facilitate better gear and better brands.

The gatekeepers will stop being the suits and start being folks with a deep knowledge of the domain.

Calls to action.

Are you interested in investing? Want to help move the effort forward? Want a cool tent or just a bit of SlingFin swag? Here’s what you can do:

  • Sign up for alerts. We’ll let you know when our page Wefunder page is live.
  • Spread the word! Tell your friends. Get SlingFin swag! (see Swag Notes below.)
  • On 5/16/16, check out our Wefunder page and take action. (see a bit more about how this all will work below.)

A bit more about how this all will work:

wefunder logoThe new regulations require that these funds be raised through a registered ‘equity crowdfunding portal’. All specific information and communication about the deal must route through them. (The idea is to prevent a con-operation from putting up a good looking website and trying to make a one shot grab for your money.)

We have the great good fortune to be appearing on the Wefunder.com portal; the Wefunder founders helped pass the enabling law and have a stellar reputation in the alternative funding community. Here’s a look at their team.

Wefunder Operations Director, Dylan Enright, a former river guide and ski instructor, wants to see the Wefunder portal become the go-to location for outdoor brands to connect with outdoor enthusiasts.

Wefunder decided to make a splash by finding 20 exciting new companies to launch on the new Title III part of their portal. SlingFin is honored to have been selected as one of those companies. Our fundraising efforts will be live on the Wefunder site when they flip the switch on 5/16/16.

Swag Notes

  • The swag: loop in 10 friends for a SlingFin sticker; loop in 40 friends for a SlingFin Tagua Nut Pendant. (See the images below.)
  • What to do:  Email your friends or contact them on Facebook.
    • Email – Include list@slingfin.com in the To or CC fields and we’ll give you credit.
    • Facebook use @slingfin in the email message along with whomever you’re targeting and we’ll give you credit for all the @s. Ask your friends to Like the SlingFin page.

Sample text:

¡Viva la revolucion!  SlingFin is one of the startups in an investing revolution!  If you love the outdoors and want to help a startup, you can help SlingFin in their quest to raise working capital in 30 days.
To make it easy for gear nerds to invest, we are adding Kickstarter-like premiums to the SlingFin stock you would acquire.
A $500 investment to help SlingFin would give you:
  • $500 in stock

      PLUS

  • an additional $500 in discounts you can use for your own gear or gifts, share it with family and friends, whatever you like.
This gear includes:
  • Tents
  • Packs
  • And future SlingFin products

We intend to go live on 5/16 but need your help letting folks know. We’re looking to connect with friends of friends via email or Facebook. We’ve got swag and, of course, our undying gratitude for you if you can help with a few minutes of outreach!

There’s detailed information about this on SlingFin’s Blog and you can keep up with developments via SlingFin’s mailing list or their Facebook page. You can, also, email info@SlingFin or contact Rich, Martin, or Al @SlingFin for details.

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International Peace Climb

Tomorrow evening the 25th anniversary of the International Peace Climb will be celebrated in Seattle, WA. In 1990, when most of the world was at odds with each other, a group of people from the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, and China took it upon themselves to make a statement. A statement made by having the most successful summit of Mt. Everest, with a total of 20 people from the group reaching the summit over several days. Proving that a group of people from different countries could work together as one with a common goal.

The message, however, was not just that they could summit a mountain together. Rather, they were also making an environmental statement. The timeline they had for summiting coincided with the 20th anniversary from the first Earth Day. They wanted to bring awareness to the fact that we need to work together to take care of the planet we live on and demonstrated this by clearing over two tons of garbage from the mountain. Expedition leader, Jim Whittaker, said, “When our team left Base Camp, you couldn’t tell another human had been there.”

One of SlingFin’s own was honored enough to have been a part of this historic event and will also be in attendance. Robert Link, a lifelong mountaineer, was one of the 20 people of that expedition to summit Everest. Link has summited Mt. Rainier over 300 times and climbed extensively around the world.

As well as this being a reunion for the members of that original group, this gathering is also being held in hopes to once again raise awareness that it is time to join forces and start addressing the issues that the earth is facing.

“We’ve invited the leaders of our countries to talk to the team on Mt. Rainier—just like they spoke to us on Mt. Everest in 1990,” said Whittaker. “Presidents (H.W.) Bush, Gorbachev and Li Peng all called us—we had one of the very first satellite phones. They sent said that working on behalf of world peace and a clean environment was the most important thing we would ever do. It would be great to hear the same message from today’s leaders!”

All attending members of the team will travel together from Seattle to Mt. Rainier National Park. This is where they first met and trained for Everest in 1989. An official ceremony will be held at the mountain on the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st, followed by an anniversary celebration dinner in Paradise Lodge.

The following is information obtained from a press release Mr. Whittaker’s office sent out:

The public is invited to two special events, with slide shows by the team and a screening of the video about the 1990 climb, “Three Flags Over Everest,” narrated by Robert Redford.

The first is on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM, at The Mountaineers Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle WA. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children, and may be purchased in advance at The Mountaineers. Advance purchase is encouraged, as seating is limited. All proceeds benefit The Mountaineers conservation and youth programs.

The second is a free event on Sunday, September 20 at 8:30 PM, in the lobby of Paradise Lodge, in Mount Rainier National Park. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Outdoor Retailer 2015 Recap

On August 3rd the SlingFin monkeys departed California for what would be a week long adventure at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City! For those of you who don’t know, Outdoor Retailer is a huge outdoor industry trade show where people from all over the globe come to geek out on the new gear debuting for the next season. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to be a part of the fun again this year!

Rolling in EARLY Tuesday morning, we set up our small encampment in Tent City and awaited the visitors we would be receiving the next several days. We had a prime location right by the entrance to Tent City from the street and also the convention center itself, garnering extensive foot traffic!


One of our favorite things about attending OR is that we get to put faces to the names we see on emails and also meet new interested parties. We were able to sit down and geek out over tents with people from all over the United States and also from other countries.


One of our “biggest” eye-catchers was our freshly debuted Kahiltna Dome, as seen being set up in this photo. Five meters in diameter, it stood out in Tent City attracting all kinds of attention. We also debuted our lightweight 4-season tent, the WindSaber. Keep an eye out for it in the future! As for now, you can see it in the topmost picture. It’s the tent with the orange fly in the foreground.


Our 3-season backpacking tents were also show stoppers. The weight to volume ratio is a true story that caught most people’s attention. The 2Lite and CrossBow2 series both provide more body and vestibule volume than most other tents in the same weight class. Not to mention the dry entries the vestibules also provide! We currently have ALL models of our 3-season tents in stock and ready to find new homes.


And it wasn’t all work and no fun… SlingFin monkeys will be SlingFin monkeys! We got put up by a S.L.C. local who owns a boxing gym. We of course had to don their boxing robes and get our sweat on in the gym!  Until next next time, go forth and adventure!

SlingFin the Wild


Big things are occurring at SlingFin! We’ve got reviews in Gear Institute, SlingFin backpacking tents are starting to hit store shelves and we’re seeing pictures of these tents staking claim in the outdoors! Our friend took a 2Lite tent this past weekend on her backpacking trip to the Lost Coast and shared her pictures with us.  Not a bad place to pitch your home for the night!