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GPCA Carabiner

GPCA [1] is a product development firm based in San Francisco Bay Area. They design outdoor/advernture products like the GP-Grip Ultimate Jeep Grab Handle [2], GP 1945 Bolt Action Plus Pen [3], and GPCA Carabiner [4], just to name a few.

GP stands for General Purpose, and CA stands for California.

I backed their GPCA Carabiner on Kickstarter [5] on 21st August 2019.

The GPCA Carabiner is a multipurpose carabiner that comes with the following features:

You can choose from three types of metals, Titanium T4, Stainless Steel 402, and Aluminum 6061.

Stainless Steel is the heaviest weight at 116g, followed by Titanium at 70g, and Aluminum at 68g.

I backed the GP-Carabiner Steel – Super Early Bird reward level for USD$39 (S$43). Shipping to Singapore is an additional US$20 (S$27).

The project was successfully funded on 19th October 2019 with the help of 6,346 backers pledging US$516,452. Their initial goal was only US$5,000.

Midway through the project, they have partnered with We The People (WTP) [6], which is a crowdfunding store for Crowdfunded projects in Singapore. So all backers based in Singapore can opt to collect their GPCA Carabiner from their respective WTP stores that they have chosen.

The estimated delivery date was supposed to be in November 2019, but it got delayed until January 2020. I collected mine from the WTP store at Millenia Walk on 11th January 2020.

Because I have made an upfront payment of US$20 (S$27) for shipping to Singapore, they gave me two options. Get a GPCA Utility Case worth US$29 (S$40) or a US$15 (S$21) refund. I picked the former as I think it is more value for money.

GPCA Carabiner - Kickstarter Packaging [7]
GPCA Carabiner – Kickstarter Packaging
GPCA Utility Case [8]
GPCA Utility Case

GPCA Utility Case is essentially a sunglasses case.

GPCA Utility Case [9]
GPCA Utility Case
GPCA Carabiner - Box Front [10]
GPCA Carabiner – Box Front
GPCA Carabiner -  Box Back [11]
GPCA Carabiner – Box Back
GPCA Carabiner - Box Contents [12]
GPCA Carabiner – Box Contents
GPCA Carabiner - Manual [13]
GPCA Carabiner – Manual

The Pry Tool and Bottle Opener is the same tool and is located on the left.

GPCA Carabiner [14]
GPCA Carabiner

The Box Cutter is at the top and it doubles up as a riding base.

GPCA Carabiner - Top [15]
GPCA Carabiner – Top

Secret Capsule is the screw lock.

GPCA Carabiner - Bottom [16]
GPCA Carabiner – Bottom

Both Philips Head and Flat Head screwdrivers are on the right.

GPCA Carabiner - Right [17]
GPCA Carabiner – Right
GPCA Carabiner - Tools [18]
GPCA Carabiner – Tools
GPCA Carabiner [19]
GPCA Carabiner