it's as if they'd put supersonic pedals on the push scooter
The following designers, small producers, distributors of outdoor and sports gear, often ultra-light and durable, have accepted to support the World Open Tour. They were following the adventure for a time, or had hopped on board from the beginning. I met some of them during my first 22 000km kicked. Specifications note dictated by my upcoming odyssey in mind, I have contacted another part of them after long hours of research, eventually convinced by their approach and interested in their products. Some others have contributed spontaneously, without asking anything.
None of them demanded formal counterparts, no signed contract: they have simply agreed to the visibility I offered on this page and throughout the trip, whatever my feedbacks may be on their gear, sometimes ready to be nowhere featured, unless in my bags.
Always, they have wished a safe and wonderful trip to me. I thank them for this.
"Our objective, at Kickbike, is to develop the best sports footbikes"
Hannu Vierriko, designer of the Kickbike, offered a Cruise Max to me, customized for my world tour, without forgetting the Finnish chocolate and music.
"Tarptent enhances the outdoor experience by making the world's best lightweight tents and shelters, proudly manufactured in the USA."
Erica and Henry, designers at Tarptent, sent to me as a present the first out of the pipe model of their last tent, the Bowfin 1: a true ultra-light and clever machine for adventures.
"We see your needs for simple, lightweight, and durable outdoor gear and work to meet those needs. In doing so, we strive to lighten your pack so that you can ask and hopefully answer the bigger, more important questions."
Chad offered me 2 polyvalent and ultralight titanium bottle-pots, 700 and 1000ml.
"We're a two person craft sewing operation based in rural Elkton, Oregon. We produce durable soft goods for bicycle lovers like ourselves."
Randi generously sewed two customized big MUTS and a pouch for my footbike.
"Our goal is to go above and beyond to give our customers the best possible gear available. All of our gear is built in the United States right here in our workshop by our skilled seamsters and seamstresses."
Matt equipped me with a bunch of Fiber Cuben dry sacks and pouches, ultralight and resistant.
"The desire to run a bicycle business has really been in the founder’s blood since his first job as a teenage cycle mechanic in the 80′s"
Miles has very kindly sent to me some "Monkii systems" fixations and bottle holders, designed by his taiwanese friends in a Smart Low Tech spirit.
TheTentLab : "Doing what others can't, won't or shouldn't"
In the TentLab, his personal and experimental laboratory, Mike designed one of the lightest and toughest mini-shovel of the world. He kindly sent one "Deuce of Spades" to me.
"A Czech shop which sells folding bikes and push scooter, fonded by Ladislav. The guy enjoys his passion of micro-adventure amongst his very private club "The lazy Raccoons"
Ladislav sent an Ortlieb seat pack to me. I adapted it to the footbike.
"The athletes’ interaction with the environment is the single most important factor when designing products."
Germain and Peter have donated 2 pair of ultra-light trail sneakers, from the Roclite series.
"Beyond a sports practice, the ultra-light world is also a true philosophy."
Thierry was so kind to spontaneously send me: 1 thermoshell jacket, 1 breathable baselayer, hardshell sur-mitts, 1 bikepacking pouch, 1 ultra strong tape.
Mantra : "To deliver the best products to enable all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the highest level of comfort and performance in any cold weather activity"
The team of Seirus Innovation donated a whole array of products to confront cold, rain and wind : balaclava, mask, gloves, socks...
"We started here, two outdoors-men who wanted to take the great idea of a water bottle alcohol stove to the next level. With no limitations to size, weight and function, we wanted a stove that every outdoor enthusiast and survivalist would choose to have at their side."
Marc offered to me one of their ultralight and resistant alcohol stove.
"We think that the best designs come from time, testing, and concentration--something best done outside of the constraints of a big outdoor brand."
Thanks to the December "Travelers Grant" I won, Ian sent a waterproof adventure backpack to me.
"Czech company producing quality sportswear in small batches for many different sports exclusively in workshops in Czech Republic."
Olda equipped me with some soft-shell ultralight and breathable rain jacket and pants.
EYA ÔH is an alchemist of essential oils and organic care products, in Normandy.
Elylia conceived a polyvalent natural balm for me, and offered some essential oils aimed at answering the adventures situations. She also sent sumptuous tea to me.
"Across the product lifecycle, we do our best to conserve resources. This includes identifying and using environmentally preferable materials, making products modular for easy repair, choosing solar panels that have a long lifetime, eliminating uncessary packaging, and reusing as much as possible"
Julia offered 20% on the 20W solar panel and battery from Voltaic Systems.
"Our main goal is to create the lightest products, with the highest longevity and quality."
Natasza offered 40% sur Mysterious traveller 700 sleeping bag and the Endurance Incredilite jacket.