The guys at Salomon got in touch to co develop a product which would work as a means of protection from the elements while but most importantly to be purposeful and light weight.
The products are the very personification of travelling light, considered, and taking a whole lot less. This journey has been an exciting one for us in that sense. The DNA, conception and inspiration for the products is born from of our love and relationship with the sea and the products we use on and in it.
The Kitesurf Kite re-imagined into the ultimate Van awning. It was the flogging and abuse we put our own kite surf kites through; Gusts at the high ends of the Beaufort scale, driving rain, freezing temperatures, the most corrosive elements turned up to eleven, all eventually dictated the physical appearance and components of our Bawdsey Range, to be brutally purposeful, simple but most importantly they needed to work.
We didn't think twice about straying from the kitesurfing 'C' shape itself. Having remained unchanged within kite surf- kite design since its inception, it's proven it works and it is RIDGID.
Aesthetically and structurally we worked hard on the fit and scale while not straying too far from the hymn sheet of a 'Kite surf kite on a van'. A very real and romantic relationship for us.
The awnings feature, kite surf valves, kite surf bridle lines, kite surf bladders, kite surf bags and are sold with kite surf pumps and rip stop repair kits. We've borrowed the very best bits and made the products fit for what we need.
Dual bellow pumps for rapid inflation along with 'self standing' characteristics for those strike missions when shelter is a must but the campsite isn't an option.
Threading into the Kador /Bolt rope and inflation is a sub- minute affair for the well acquainted- an essential part of the puzzle for us.
What was learnt and what was taken way from the collaboration has been some of the finer products to come out of our loft. We're thrilled with the function, the design and the very usable nature of the products along with being able to roll them out as one of our favourites.