A 2-liter collapsible water container based on thermoplastic polyurethane has been developed by Portland-Ore.-based Cnoc Outdoors, and a Kickstarter campaign to complete the development process has reached its goal ahead of the deadline.
Called the Vecto, it is designed to make it simple to purify water in the outdoors. It is made from TPU, with the material chosen to ensure it will not break. The container weighs 80 grams, and is easy to clean.
A patent-pending dual opening system allows for easy filling with either running or standing water via a wide opening on one side, and a narrow opening on the other can be used for drinking, can be connected to a filtration system or converted into a hydration pack, according to Cnoc founder Gilad Nachman.
For the past year, Cnoc has been working with an injection molding factory in China, which has experience in making hydration bladders and containers. Together, they have developed the materials, design and bonding. Five different molds are required, for the body, the neck, the wide opening, the slider and the cap.
The Kickstarter campaign had a target of raising $7,300 to pay for the molds. The company had raised more than $11,000 with more than a day left in the campaign.
The company said the Vecto production will use five different molds for each part: the body, the neck, the wide opening, the slider and the cap.
"Our partners are experts in mold injections and have been making hydration bladders and containers for years," Cnoc noted in its Kickstarter notes.
The crowdfunding campaign raised money to finalize the molds. The Vecto is expected to sell for $18 from the company.