Our trip to Colorado was pretty awesome. We were traveling for almost one entire month. From July 15th to August 12th. We first stopped in Idaho Springs where a dear friend of ours has a small cabin. We visited for one night then headed to Steamboat the next morning to meet some family who has lived there for several decades. Steamboat Springs Colorado is a really nice small ski town with a very relaxed image and feel. We spent a good 10 days there enjoying the sights, gondola, shopping, hiking, camping and some river play. We did attempt to do some trout fishing but the mosquitos were really bad. We were able to take some really great photos of our new belts and did some video as well. Lots of fun. We ended our visit with a trip to the hot springs there for an afternoon. Great time. We were lucky enough to stay at our cousins home which saved us a bundle of money.
After our 10 days in Steamboat we headed to Golden where the same friend who owns the cabin has a home and woodworking shop. We stayed a few days while he wrapped up some projects for a Sprinter van then took off camping near Bueno Vista for 3 days then near Aspen. Aspen area was incredible. It was like those beautiful photos you saw as kid of Colorado where everything was just perfect and beautiful. We really loved that part of the state the most and hope to return next year.
We made it back home to our Alpenlore shop several days ago and have been really working hard to ge!t back in the groove. We will write more about our adventures soon but its time to get some stuff done around here. Thanks for tuning in everyone!
Scott / Founder / Alpenlore USA
Several of the staff here at Alpenlore have been pretty busy enjoying the beautiful weather this July/Aug in Colorado. We came out here to see how our equipment works and to test it in some possible unforeseen situations where we may require some new item to assist us in wilderness survival.
What we found is that there are several things that we thought would be vital and many other items that would be helpful in some way to make surviving tolerable.
We are still currently in Colorado and are heading back in a few days to try and figure out a way to work these items into our belts while still maintaining a slim and trim design concept.
We are looking forward to developing these new items into our belts for 2018 or hopefully before.
2018 is going to be a great year with the addition of several new belt designs and we hope to move into other areas of survival/travel. We also want to sell some novelty items like T-shirts and jackets as well. Packs are another item that we are really looking forward to developing. Some cool stuff is always unthought of and we hope to be the guys to dream it up and create it for YOU the consumer. Remember, we are also consumers and we can think like a consumer and this gives us the ability to think things thru as to what makes life more convenient and fun.
Well thank you for tuning in and we will see you again soon!
the staff @ Alpenlore USA
Well, for all of you out there who are familiar with paracord, it seems that this very practical and essential piece of gear is becoming more and more popular these days. You can buy almost any color imaginable and now there are even glow in the dark and reflective paracord. It is being used a lot as bracelets and other things such as keychains and belts, gun slings and other creative products. Lots of people buy 20ft or so and just keep it in their rucksack or even keep a 300 ft spool in their vehicle.
So, para cord is all over the world and really has become a normal thing to carry or have for an array of situations. Survival is one of those situations and/or having it to use to rig up something or fix something around the house or work area. Para cord is just a wonderful little piece of gear.
You can now buy it in thicker widths for added strength all the way up to climbing rope strength.
The things that you can accomplish with it are endless. I`ve got some next to me at this very minute as I type this blog. I tell ya, paracord is a man`s best friend in some regards.
What will it be used for next you ask? Well the sky is the limit. I imagine it will be used more and more to secure a variety of things and be used as shoe laces and to weave camp chairs.
Alpenlore has been using it to create the shell of our survival belts for 4 years now and we keep seeing an increase in quality. We just love it.
There`s a book out there called 101 ways to use Para cord. Ive never read it but I do have my own version of that.
Some of the great things Ive learned are making a splint or building a stretcher to carry one to safety. Constructing a shelter in the outdoors to stay warm and dry. Carry or hauling forest materials back to your camp. I use it while camping to throw my food up into a tree and hoist it up in order to keep the bears and creates of the night away from prying into it.
If you have some stories or ideas for using this wonder material, please let us know.
We would love to add it to the list of uses.
Thanks again and have a great day!
The Staff @ Alpenlore USA
Made in the USA Pt2
While we are continuing to plan our NEW Shop location here in the US after being in Japan for 10 years, we are now back stateside and the planning to build Alpenlore here has us pretty busy.
We were careful not to build Alpenlore too much in Japan as we knew moving a company back home would be more difficult the bigger we were and would end up being extremely costly. So we exited at the right time and now our office is setup and we are ready to roll. Our ideas for Tactical gear, survival gear, travel gear and winter sports is starting to take shape.
Currently we are selling Three categories of belts and they are MOUNTAIN style, SPY style and TRAVEL.
However, we have a lot more categories to go and many new innovations to explore.
The theme of our products are pockets pockets pockets! Storing loads of goodies is where we want to focus our energy, but thats not where we want to stop. Offering survival tools is another big part of who we are. Travel products is something we have been focusing our attention as of late and I think this is another big area but somewhat separate from the products the tactical man or women may be interested. So we have lots of innovating to do and researching the types of features most travelers are looking for these days. We are really looking forward to exploring this area.
Further on down the road we would like to move into other products outside of belts, but understand that belts is where we started and we feel that this area is where we feel we are the very best in the business and want to continue pouring our focus into. We were sort of the first company to innovate the belt to this level and we want to make sure we are always the leader when it comes to this.
Part 3 coming soon.
The Staff @ Alpenlore
Made in the USA
Alpenlore USA is proud to announce that we are now running our business from the states. For the past 4 years since Alpenlore was founded, we have been overseas in Japan running the entire operation.
We have worked hard to make things happen so we could relocate and put that Made in the USA stamp on our products. Well that day is today. We are now officially a U.S based business and very proud to announce this long awaited day. We will now plaster made in the USA over everything we create (haha).
Furthermore, we are still planning to take our business mobile with the luxury of high speed internet so that we can easily receive and fill orders from just about any place in the country. This is something we have only dreamed of in the past but has now become a possibility due to technology. We are going to see if we can really do it. Successfully run Alpenlore from a Camper pulled by an SUV.
Some of us our leary and a bit intimidated by such a venture but we have weighed out the pros and cons and cant come up with many cons other than handing returns. But you know what, we dont get many returns and if we do we will work it out. Taking Alpenlore on the road is going to be a big challenge mentally but in reality it seems very doable.
Tune in later this week for more updates on our Travel America Plans and if you have any suggestions on how to make our Mobile Shop run better dont hesitate to send us a message and let us know what you`re thinking. Our business is a success because of the great feedback we have received from people such as yourself throughout the years.
We look forward to hearing from you....
The Staff @ Alpenlore USA
We are currently in the process of going mobile with Alpenlore.
This is a new strategy to reach out to America by driving down the roads of anytown USA with our Logo and website on the side. This is our basic idea but we still have a lot of planning to do like our route or we could just play it by ear which is the better option.
And yes, we will actually fabricate our belts while on the road. Alpenlore belts use no type of stitching whatsoever so that they can easily be unraveled in order to be utilized in an emergency. They are tension woven so this means machinery is not needed to create these works of art ;-).
Therefore, there is that much more space and reduced weight as well to haul everything.
We will carry approx 6 months of supplies and pray to God that we don`t get robbed while parked while we are away from the camper.
So the other advantage is we have the opportunity to see the country! Can`t beat that!
Heading out west and chasing the good weather is our goal or at least our hope. We intend on visiting people along the way but with a mobile billboard we simply want to peak peoples interest.
So, thats the basics of one of our next steps in the quest to enjoy our business as much as possible and at the same time reaching out and spreading the news about Alpenlore survival belts.
We still have to purchase a nice rig that suits our needs so that will also be a fun part of the process that we haven`t begun. We are leaning towards a 1/2 ton pickup with cargo/travel trailer. There is so much to consider like weight, gas mileage, reliability, convenience and a whole lot of other factors that will make travel and work as streamlined as possible but we are enjoying discussions as to how to do all this. I mean, hey, its not like were pros at this. none of us have done long time travel of any kind.
So keep your eyes out for more updates on where we are in the Road tour setup everyone and thanks for tuning in!
The Staff @ Alpenlore USA
How stretch material incorporated into belts helps to maintain comfort throughout the day.
Being comfortable is a big part of getting thru the day. While cotton and other stretch materials as well as breathable fabrics and other functional materials help us to maintain comfortable body temperatures and prevent hugging and rubbing and provide us with less restriction, there is something to be said particularly about stretch fabric. In the past several years, this technology has been used in belts and I for one bought my first stretch belt at an outdoors shop over 10 years ago. Now its even more prevalent. Some idea of using stretch materials in Alpenlore Belts has recently been considered as well as stretch rope. Our current belts have zero flexibility, are quite rigid but for good reason. Experimenting with some new material will reinvent our belts into a new realm of usefulness and add function where before was limited. We are excited to create some prototypes over the course of this year and hopefully have several new belt options for those of you who are looking for something different and unique.
The Staff at Alpenlore USA
Traveling with Pets
Today I would like to talk about Pet Products for Travel. Well... a product that can be worn daily that can ALSO be used for travel. I keep seeing these multi-function products popping up that offer several different functions. When we look at dog collars for example there is a basic strap that wraps around the dogs neck to secure it from running off. Could we use a tubular strap and have some useful materials tucked inside? How about a locator or maybe a cooling device? Well, Alpenlore USA is looking into these possibilities and this summer we will get out and ask people what they would like to see in dog products. People want convenience and we would be happy to provide that for them.
Other Pet concepts like a cooling jacket to keep pets cooled down in hot temperatures. The high season for taking pets on holiday and out for walks or camping is summer. Dogs easily become overheated due to not sweating thru their pores. Maintaining cool body temperatures is one key to good health and prevent damage to body organs or even death.
With all of this said, the Pet product industry has a bright future and most importantly, the ability to develop technologies that will protect and extend the life our beloved pets.
The Staff at Alpenlore USA
Travel is changing
As security tightens up worldwide the future of travel becomes inconvenient in many ways. All plastic or nylon belts and other gear is becoming more and more popular. And this means convenience of travel is becoming more sought after and will continue most likely as time progresses year by year.
Travel Gear is changing. This includes Travel Belts, cash belts, travel clothing, accessories and a plethora of other related products. This is where we are focusing our energy at Alpenlore.
Designing products which are lightweight, move with your body, help you rest better during flights and feel comfortable. Our Belt products serve that purpose in regards to "hands-free". Not having to remember to carry a small survival Kit with you. It`s always wrapped around you where it`s easily accessible.
On the other hand there are a lot of other products we would like to develop and which are a priority? Deciding which product to design takes a lot of research. Talking to random people after a flight is one of our target research techniques. We ask "How could you flight been more comfortable?". Comfort & Convenience while at the same time looking good!
Please help us by telling us how we can improve your comfort and convenience. We would love to design it for you. In fact we are excited to hear from you. We are always impressed by the ideas people provide us by email. They ask if we can custom make this or that and if we receive custom orders for particular items or styles, we pay attention to that and consider incorporating it into our designs. In fact, the belts we offer now are a direct result of customer requests.
Materials for our belts are of the highest quality and we often receive compliments about that. Using high quality products, especially those made in the U.S.A. is another goal. Currently our products come from Austria, Japan and the U.S. but in a few months we will replace our Japanese materials with American made materials. We are very excited about that.
However, we do love the buckles we are using from Austrialpin. They are a great company that build solid and good looking products and we have enjoyed how well this product has worked with our belts.
What we want to do next with our belts is to make a more Office friendly version that can compliment a nice pair of slacks and shirt as well as a nice Italian blazer.
Until the next blog post my friends!
The Staff at Alpenlore USA
Update on Kickstarter
Things are moving at a snails pace on kickstarter as we are also preparing to move our Headquarters across the Globe and back to our original home base of the United States. We have been located in Tokyo Japan for about a decade and are proud to say that we are growing enough to bring new members to Alpenlore and will be developing and creating our products in the USA.
Today we found a way to make our NEW Spy Belt (Operative) better by incorporating some new techniques to make it lighter and easier to use. The NEW Kickstarter projects will be launched in two phases. The first belt we will launch will be the WAVE Travel Belt which is an everyday wear belt that includes an array of hidden pockets that you can pack with all kinds of essential items including cash, keys, sd cards, and other small and thin items that can tucked away. You can add survival gear like paracord and ferro rods quite easily as well as fishing string and hooks.
Whatever you can imagine that is essential for YOU can be inserted into this Wonder Belt system.
Not only does it contain as assortment of of paracord that is woven around the belt acting as the casing of the belt but you can unravel it and use it in over 101 survival scenerios.
Now let`s talk a little about our SPY Belt which we call the Operative. The Operative is a design concept that sprung from the idea that people carry an assortment of survival good but don`t always want neccessarily want to show that they are carrying any such thing. The fact that all survival gear is hidden within the belt, even the paracord rope is an engineering marvel that we are very proud of. The Paracord is actually refolded and runs throughout the cord of the belt as well as the NASA Blanket which is also refolded making for a very thin set of gear measuring 4mm in thickness. Then we had 1 survival kit on each side of that of equal thickness and this is how we have engineered this Belt to be as thin as humanly possible. We are very excited about this accomplishment. Everything is tucked away nice and streamlined. The inner-core is packed with top emergency items and the outer kits are quick deploy for basic survival needs. Together this makes a system that rivals any survival belt on the market.
Moving along to how its deployed. You simply grab the outer sheath that covers the core of the belt and give it a firm yank . It will reveal the inner-core survival tools that can be removed and used immediately. This is a very unique system that we will continue to improve and enable it to be deployed faster and faster by each evolution of the belt.
Where can we wear the Operative belt. Well whether it`s the office, field, or having a beer downtown the belt blends in wherever you are waiting to assist you in an emergency or survival situation. We look forward to evolving this into an even better version very soon.
Thanks for tuning it.
The Staff at Alpenlore USA