EHN: Utility pouch update and Efficient Hunting toolbox
In the last newsletter, I mentioned that one of our big questions is how we make the perfect "workbench" for hunters like you.
And it's one of our big questions because we are expanding the bino caddy system.
We're working on additional pouches. To give hunters like you more options to tailor the system to your preferences.
We ultimately want the system to allow you to be in the field, hunting for up to 24 hours. Not necessarily carrying all you need for comfort and luxury, but enough to keep you are fully operational.
It means we need a bigger utility pouch with room for extra layers and a bivvy bag (for the most extreme example). In reality, most hunters won't be out for 24 hours. But even for short outings, it can be a godsend to be able to remove the outer layer when you're climbing a hill. Not to speak of a big sandwich and a flask with something warm.
Enter the large utility pouch.
Enter the large utility pouch.
It's too big to be worn (practically) on the bino harness, so we're also developing a belt. And that belt will accept the small utility pouches. And the optics pouches we have in the pipeline.
We first tested a zipped version, but there's no way around the fact that a zipper makes noise. I used an early prototype couple of times when hunting fallow deer from a high-seat. The noise probably wasn't a practical issue when zipping carefully. Still, it was annoying that I felt I had to be careful to keep the noise down.
It's also easy to get carried away and stuff a pouch this size too much. Especially if you're determined to fit a slightly too big jacket in there. And stuffing will put a strain on the zipper.
For those reasons, we decided to switch to a roll-top style pouch.
Added benefits include easier access and a better view into the pouch. As you can see from the images.
With this size, pouch organization is required. But we didn't want to overdo it. So we're testing a mesh pocket on one side and elasticated loops on the other.
The mesh pocket can hold your small items, and being mesh, it's easy to see what's in there.
There are two layers of loops. A tall 10 cm band with two wide loops serves the function of side pockets. And stitched onto them is an outer layer with four loops to let you attach anything with a belt clip.
It's close to being ready, subject to field testing.
The only big question mark we have is how to attach it to the belt. Right now, we use our standard belt loops. But we are considering switching to another mechanism. More on that in another email.
One other thing. Based on customer feedback, we are also adding an exit hole for a water bladder tube.
Your thoughts on the pouch?
What are your thoughts on the pouch? Looking good? Anything missing? Anything we can get rid of? How would you use it?
Update on the efficient hunting framework
So many things to learn, buy and do.
But only a few of them really matter. To your specific situation.
In previous newsletters, I've explained how I realized my approach to hunting had been all wrong. Which set me off on a course to become a more efficient hunter (https://www.redkettle.co/
Improved efficiency means better use of my time and money, among other things.
In past jobs, I used LEAN Six Sigma tools to help me optimize processes.
And now I've applied them to hunting.
I've mentioned the efficient hunting framework in the past.
- It's the way I make sense of hunting.
- It's my toolbox to help me become more efficient, and,
- It's the frame of reference we use to build gear at RedKettle.
So far, I've shared summaries. Now I've created a more detailed introduction to the concepts.
And in future posts, I'll share more detail on each tool and how to apply them.
There are a few use cases for the framework:
- Accelerated learning - if you're new to rifle hunting and want to get off to the best possible start
- Take control of a 3rd party gear list - if you're preparing a hunting trip to a new location
- Food for thought for your own system - If you're already on a path of continuous improvement
The framework is not for everyone.
But if you match one of the categories above, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
It's a relatively long article, so don't click to read it if you don't have time on your hands.
And the same goes for the accompanying video. You need a cup of coffee (or maybe a stronger beverage if it's past lunchtime...).
Thanks in advance for any feedback you'd like to share.
All the best,
Link to the article: https://www.redkettle.co/
Link to the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/jnyKg4cYoiU