We are Jason Withee and Brad Serkin and we are straight up hockey enthusiasts. We love everything about hockey; from playing, to cheering, to coaching. This is why we started Pacific Rink! We have been a part of the game for years. So, it was really important to us to build our company around quality products with outstanding design, made specifically for people who love hockey.
There are plenty of hockey bags on the market. However, one of the biggest challenges has always been to find a bag that combines durability and functionality to meet the needs of the modern player, coach, parent or ref. We often found bags that had functionality but seams tear, fabric rips and eventually, they would just fall apart. We found bags that were durable, but they were big empty holes, lacking functionality and making the preparation process longer than it needed to be. Pacific Rink was born because we listened to players, coaches, parents and refs who realized they needed something better.
The solution was born through conversations in the locker room, on the pond and at the rink. It all leads to the same conclusion; we need a better bag. But we thought we'd do it one better, we'd give you better bags.
Pacific Rink INTRODUCES:
We built the Pond Pack as a response to coaches, refs, and pond players who told us the bags out there were either too big or too small to fit their gear. There wasn't anything on the market designed for them. We listened and developed a compact backpack that can hold the gear you need without the bulk. When you're not on the pond or at the rink, it can also be used as an everyday rucksack. The Pond Pack is built with the highest quality materials and thoughtful design to provide comfort and ease while getting the job done. These bags were not only created for their functionality, but to match your personal style.
Rugged yet refined, Pacific Rink's singular design is the ultimate blend of form and function. With the Player Bag, we kept the traditional look of a hockey bag, but introduce game-changing design with the interior of our bag.
With that in mind, every inch of the Player Bag has been thoughtfully considered to bring you a well-crafted hockey bag that prioritizes utility and versatility in a organized, minimalist style. Above all, the PR Player Bag was designed for true hockey players seeking the most streamlined hockey experience.
Our focus is on making a bag that is durable and functional while maintaining style and classic design. We began with durability because none of the other features matter if the bag isn't tough enough. We built this bag with strong Cordura material and seat belt webbing for the straps. The entire top flap of the bag is a zipper sleeve designed to store your clean, dry clothes while separating them from the smelly gear below. This sleeve is accessible from both the outside and inside of the bag.
Once we knew the bag would stand up to the rigors of the rink, we turned our focus to function. We made the inside of the bag nice and bright with reflective material. No more losing things inside your bag.
We developed proprietary, patent pending skate sleeves to protect your most important and expensive equipment, your skates! These sleeves have a built-in blade protector at the bottom of the sleeve to keep the steel protected as well as to keep it from cutting up your other equipment.
We designed two side pockets, one to store your personal belongings, such as keys, cell phone and wallet, and the lower pocket for your tape, pucks, scissors and other accessories.
We added a removable wet bag to the inside of the bag for your towel, jersey, and other items after your skate. This bag allows you to separate all of your wet stuff from the rest of the bag. It can also be taken out and placed directly into the washing machine.
The Player Bag has great ventilation with the large mesh panel on the interior of the side pocket that allows air to freely flow through the bag.
Finally, one of our most unique features is optional backpack straps for those days when you travel through the airport or on long hauls. The straps are hidden and you can pull them out when you need them.
Development and Testing
We underwent an extensive research and development process. It began by creating schematic designs and then fabricating that design into a working physical prototype. With this initial and subsequent prototypes, we have been able to test the functionality of several features and explore the variety of options available to us. As players, we have been able to jointly test these products in a real world environment as well as have other players and coaches put these bags thru the rigors of an everyday hockey player.
PR Hockey Bags are so close to becoming a reality and we need your help in funding the first round of production. With the prototypes ready to go and two trustworthy, quality manufacturers who have experience with major brands already secured, we need to give them a production order large enough to make it affordable for most consumers. We are just around the corner from introducing our unique bags to the hockey world.
We have invested a lot of time and money into getting the PR Player Bag and PR Pond Pack dialed in to its current state, an amazing prototype. We've finalized these prototypes but to advance to the next phase requires significant capital. We need your help to afford the costly fixed production components and meet minimum order quantities. Your investment will pay for labor and materials and allow us to manufacture the minimum quantities that our production partners require. We couldn't be more excited about the next part of the journey.
If we are to exceed our goal, additional funds will go towards designing our next round, unique to market, PR Hockey Travel, Junior and Goalie Bags. Together we can redefine hockey bags and the hockey lifestyle community!
NOTE: Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding website so if the goal is not reached by July 14th, pre-ordered bags will not be sold and all backers will not be charged. If the goal has been reached, backers won't be charged until the end of the campaign.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
As lifetime hockey enthusiasts and players, we have always complained that there was no great option for hockey players that matched our unique needs.
We decided to take matters into our own hands. What began as a dream and a back of the napkin idea has transformed it into an undertaking more exciting and immense than we ever imagined.
We look forward to sharing our vision and our dreams with you and appreciate you coming along on this journey.
Risks and challenges
We have established a trusted relationship with two high quality, established manufacturers overseas and a production schedule designed and ready as soon as our goal has been met. These manufacturers are skilled and professional and since we have created the final prototypes with them, we do not foresee any issues in the production process. Some challenges and risks could include:
* There may be slight variations in the colors based on our transition from the prototypes used in the photos and video to the final manufactured product. Some color options might not be available if demand for the color is below factory minimum quantities or due to unavailability of material in that color.
*There is the possibility that the delivery of the product to our contributors may be delayed due to unforeseen product changes that require additional development or addition to the scope of our manufacturing time line.
*There may be changes to the final dimensions or specifications or use of specific materials or parts as we optimize the design for mass production.
*There is the possibility that the delivery of the product to our contributors may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances in international shipping and logistics, climate or political events.
*Shipments may be subject to import duties and other local taxes.
*Final product specifications might change based on optimization for mass production and partner constraints.
We believe we have foreseen and addressed these concerns above as well as others. If there are any changes or delays, we pledge to keep our backers well informed throughout the entire production process and commit to do everything in our power to deliver these bags without significant delay. To help ensure a timely delivery, we will go overseas as necessary to oversee the production. We also have qualified supplemental manufacturers that have created and made the same prototypes to our rigorous standards to load balance and ensure consistant and on-going, reliable inventory. We hope to have all PR bags to you on time so that you can go out, use and tell the world about these amazing bags as soon as possible!
Thank you for your interest and support of Pacific Rink!