BUILDING KUIU

Four Pounds

How do you remove four pounds from a layering system and increase performance?

I was hoping for two. Honestly, four pounds surprised me; KUIU is definitely not light and fragile gear.

Ounces matter for climbing mountains, ask any professional bike racer how much they spend to save an ounce.  Every ounce eats up kilowatts, the lighter your set up the better you will feel, especially over a 10-day hunt.   This mentality dominates professional mountaineering and cycling.  There is no reason ounces should not be just as important to mountain hunters.  There is nothing smart about carrying a 90lb pack unless you have to.

The new KUIU system uses the most advanced fabric technologies on the planet. Add in clean designs and we have created a better performing and lighter weight system.

KUIU’s gear is developed without price targets.  Most manufactures set a price target and build a product to meet the price.  This dictates fabric, quality, designs, trims, production and performance. By developing without price targets, I am not restricted to what goes into KUIU’s products.  This allows me to work with industry leaders in fabrics, trims, production and new technologies.  KUIU’s products are introducing a new level of total performance.

Over a series of posts I will share some of the key technology partnerships and how they impact KUIU’s product.   My goal is to help you better understand what goes into KUIU’s gear and why it may be important to you.

Four pounds should be important to anyone who hunts in the mountains.

Jason

16 comments to Four Pounds

  • Tye Abell

    FOUR POUNDS!!!

    That is huge, plain and simple. When someone upgrades their big three, i can see four pounds being saved there, but to do so with clothing as well is amazing. Nice work.

    • Hi Tye,

      Thanks for the comment. Yea, I was kind of amazed as well when I totaled up the weight versus my previous layering system. As I mentioned I expected weight savings just not four pounds. I am working on the packs now and getting some pretty amazing results there as well. I have not finalized them, so I do not want to disclose the weights quite yet. Have a great weekend.

      Jason

  • Dave Beronio

    Jason,
    That is awesome! It sure is great for all of us getting these updates and watching the progression from the beginning. I bet I can speak for most when I say how exciting it is thinking about future hunts and adventures using the KUIU system and how it will change a lot of hunts for the better.
    Dave

  • Brandon Hammonds

    Thats crazy blew me away 4lbs!

  • Matt

    Jason,

    4lbs saving is great, but it would be helpful to understand what your previous system was. Are you basing this off your work with Sitka or another layer of gear you addded after leaving Sitka?

    Reason for asking is trying to determine how much weight I can save as my kit is a mixture of brands and may or may not have been similar in weight to what you started with.

  • Joaquin d'A

    Well Jason,

    It seems to me you are decided to restrict our excuses when the time for them arrives!

    No more things like: I couldn’t reach the crest in time due to the enormous weight I was carrying on my back

    • Hi Joaquin,

      Great comment! I am finalizing the prototypes this month and color adjusting the new pattern. It will be a couple of months before I will have finished preproduction samples to show you. As soon as I do I will shoot them and show you the entire line. I look forward to that day as I am really excited about this line. Have a great weekend.

      Jason

      • Joaquin d'A

        Jason,

        I’m so curious about the patterns you have decided for your line. Do you plan to offer your gear in solid colors? Is the camo a new design or you’ll go with existing patterns?

        Each has its pros and cons, but a propietary design will easily allow you to be quickly identified, as happened with Sitka and Mountain Mimicry.

        And solid colors will open the market to mountaineers not really interested in hunting but on high quality mountain clothing…

        Regards,

        J.

        • Hi Joaquin,

          I am developing a new pattern for KUIU by following the input from the readers of the blog. I have received the first strike offs and now are in the color adjustment phase. I am not quite ready to share the development, however initial feed back has been very positive during this testing phase. The pattern is made up of earth-tones that use contrast of darks and lights to create visual confusion and a pattern that does not blob.

          As far as solid colors, yes the entire line will be available in solid colors. These colors all will be suitable to hunt in as well as any other activity. The colors are a mixture of browns, grays and tans.

          Thank you very much for your interest in KUIU and let me know if you have any other questions.

          Best regards,

          Jason

  • Joaquin d'A

    Sorry the previous comment was cut… Add the following please…

    … and the big ram was gone!!

    I hope we can soon put our eyes on that gear, and even better, try it in the environment for what they are been designed.

    Regards,

    J.

  • earl macasaet

    Jason,

    I’m glad you are doing this research into ultralight hunting gear, instead of us cutting and trimming gear to go ultralight. I am currently using all sitka gear skin to shell systems. I am curious as to what sitka pants and shell jackets you used as a baseline to save 4 pounds.

    Best regards,

    Earl

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