Overland Adventurer Designs - Kit Kube Universal Packing System

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  1. AdventureDave82

    AdventureDave82 Infinite Curiosity

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    Greetings fellow adventurers!

    I am Dave Thum (AdventureDave82) of Overland Adventurer Designs. I have designed a new product to help organize your gear called the Kit Kube system. These are a set of mathematically-based organizing cubes for internal storage that allows efficient stacking of Kubes to fill any storage space like panniers or tailbags. They are water and abrasion resistant, fast drying, and the clear window enables you to immediately see the contents of the Kube to help you locate your gear fast.

    Rather than go into a lot of detail here please check out our website at www.Overland-Adventurer.com .
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    Feel free to ask me any questions here.

    All the best on your adventures,
    Dave
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    AdventureDave82 Infinite Curiosity

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    I just got back from the Horizons Unlimited event in Mariposa, CA. What a great gathering of motorcycle adventurers. Sales were off the charts, I did a couple presentations on getting organized, picked up a new dealer, was inspired by presentations from other adventurers, and had the pleasure of the company of many curious, adventurous, and open-minded riders. Check out the Horizons Unlimited website for amazing resources to help plan your adventures anywhere in the world. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/
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    AdventureDave82 Infinite Curiosity

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    Greetings,

    I designed the Kit Kube universal packing system from my own experiences with organizing gear on my bikes. The idea was to come up with something that would fit together like a puzzle ... or maybe more like a Level 1 game of Tetris :-) I wanted a cube-shape bag with square corners so there was no wasted space between cubes (unlike stuff sacks and cylindrical containers). It needed to be a soft bag so you could squish it - any air space in the container would compress and not be wasted (unlike hard containers). And each cube needed to be the same thickness so you could layer them (unlike so many nested packing cubes).

    I started by making a spreadsheet of the internal dimensions of most popular panniers and tailcases. From there I looked for the largest dimension that would work for most luggage. The magic number was 13 inches. From there I created three sizes - each size was half the size of the previous. Here are the details of the three sizes:
    • Large: 13” L x 13” W x 3.25” H (9.0 liter); 5.3 oz. (150 grams)
    • Medium: 13” L x 6.5” W x 3.25” H (4.5 liter); 4.2 oz. (120 grams)
    • Small: 6.5” L x 6.5” W x 3.25” H (2.25 liter); 2.8 oz. (79 grams)
    Here's a photo showing how they stack up (the one on the bottom is a Large and has the same footprint as the Medium and 2 Small on top). And as you can see two layers of 3.25 inches each adds to 6.5 inches - the width of a Medium or Small Kube turned sideways.

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    Here's the same principle on a loaded pannier. The bigger the box the more layers you can add.
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    Here's my tailbag loaded with 3 Medium Kubes - any of the Medium Kubes could be replaced by 2 Small Kubes.

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    Here's an alternate configuration with 1 Medium and 4 Small Kit Kubes:
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    The possibilities are endless. You can also use the Kit Kubes for any storage space in any overlanding vehicle (Jeep, camper van, truck camper, etc.) ... any storage space in a vehicle can be organized using the Kit Kube system. I use them in my truck camper also.
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    And finally, here is a summary of the top features of the Kit Kube system:
    • Clear window enables you to immediately see the contents of the Kube (this is the No. 1 feature that people comment on)
    • Dimensional system allows efficient stacking of Kubes to fill any storage space
    • Heavy-duty materials and oversized zippers to hold up to rugged outdoor use
    • Fast drying and water resistant (poly fabric is urethane coated on the inside)
    • Resistant to wear from vibration due to off-road riding
    • Minimum bulk so as not to consume your precious storage space
    • Handles to assist in removing and carrying Kubes
    • Soft sides allow under and over-stuffing for flexibility in packing
    • Kubes help to compress contents to take up less space for soft contents like clothes
    • Use Kit Kubes to subdivide larger storage areas into an organized system
    • Kit Kubes are also a perfect dimensional fit for backpacks and carry-on suitcases
    • Washable: just toss into the washer & dryer to freshen up
    Here's a few of my kits as an example. Notice how easy it is to tell one kit from the other because of the clear window.

    Tire Repair Kit:
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    Tool Kit:
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    Survival Kit:
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    Lucky Explorer Traveled the world

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    I bought a bunch of these in different sizes and shapes. Amazingly designed to interchange with one another. You can see what's inside at a glance. Very strong and sturdy. And besides a great fit in Jesses, they fit perfect in the nylon case used with Touratech luggage...like they were made for it! One of my best purchases. Love them as I like things organized!!
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    Hey Allen,
    Thanks for chiming in with your experience. This is the reaction I'm getting from Customers including the folks at the recent Horizons Unlimited event. I have five 5-star reviews so far on the website. Top comments are "high quality", "love the window", and "great prices". At this point I'm trying to focus on getting the word out since the company, the brand, and the product are all new and unknown at this point.
    All the best on your adventures,
    Dave
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    Here's a photo sent in by a Customer. He completely sorted his Touratech pannier liner with Kit Kubes. The Kit Kubes are the perfect thickness for either folding or rolling your clothes. Touratech Liner Full.jpg
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    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    I saw these in Mariposa - well made kit.
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    love to see more products that are really useful.

    dave. best wishes to your endeavor.




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    Thanks Joel. I'll bring some for the raffle at the Noobs Rally in March.
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    We are officially listed on ADVRider's Vendor Discount page.

    10% Discount and Free Shipping for orders over $50 to all ADVRider Inmates.
    Use the Discount Code ADV10.
    Get organized with the Kit Kube Universal Packing System.
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    I'm the lucky winner of an assortment of Kit Kubes at the NOoBS Rally, have been using them for a while now - great kit! I've been stowing the basic first aid and tire repair stuff in them. IMG_0199.JPG

    The clear top is terrific for identifying the contents - don't have to dig it out and open it

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    And they fit very nicely in the bottom of the soft pannier

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    And now the question that everyone is wondering: But how many beers can they hold???

    Answer: The medium Kube holds a generous five beers - leaving one for immediate refreshment. Now that's just good design!

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    The small Kube is no slouch either. With a two beer capacity, it's perfect for an afternoon ride: One at the top of the mountain, and the other while you wait for your buddy to fix his flat tire. There's even room to stuff a couple soft ice packs in there. Excellent!

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    Ride on!
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    liv-long-ride-strong keep smiling

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    Can you get these in the UK?
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    I would be happy to ship some to the UK. No idea what the cost would be until I know the weight of the package. Let me know what you're looking for and I'll quote it. I'd love to get a dealer in the UK. I have two in the US so far.
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    Haha ... funny Ben. I wish I could take credit but it's just a lucky coincidence.
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    Hi Dave,
    Where are the bags manufactured?
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    Greetings Tall Man,

    Sorry about the delay answering your question. I got side-tracked and also wanted to give you a comprehensive answer.

    The short answer is they are made in China. This was a hand-wringing decision in the early days but I am very satisfied with the end result having achieved my goals – see below. In the reviews I have on my website several customers commented specifically on the high quality.

    My primary goals for producing products are:
    • Top Quality
    • Great Prices
    Originally I looked at trying to have them made here but the number of suppliers was extremely limited and the costs were much higher. Let’s face it, the lions share of luggage products sold here are made in China. For example, even the following fashion brands are also made in China: Prada, Coach, and Armini.

    I am a Design Engineer and have been through the challenge of finding suppliers many times. I vetted almost twenty different suppliers in my search. As I narrowed the field I obtained material samples, then product samples, then prototypes of my design during the selection process. The supplier I chose in the end had the second highest price of all the candidates in China. But their product was hands down the best of the bunch. They also make name brand luggage that you would recognize.

    Bottom Line: if you have any problems with the product I’ll replace it.
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    AdventureDave82 Infinite Curiosity

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    Greetings Fellow Adventurers,
    I have turned on some additional discounts on the website for the next week or so. The Kit Kubes make a perfect gift for your favorite overland adventurer (which might be you). 10% discount and free shipping for orders over $49. 15% discount for orders over $100 and 20% discount for orders over $200.
    Happy holidays,
    Dave
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