Can you believe Marsupial Athletics came into fruition because our President almost had his car stolen? Ethan Page came up with the idea for Marsupial Athletics' first product line when he went out for his daily run. Hating to carry his keys on his person because of the annoyance of bouncing objects or the rubbing against his body he went to hide his keys as usual in the gas cap of his truck. Just when he turned to leave he saw a mischievous fellow moving with hasty speed towards his truck and as he stopped the man the would be thief told him he was going to steal his vehicle if he left his keys! Thanks for the warning!

He spent the rest of his run keys in hand since they always rubbed or jingled in the pocket of his running shorts. Hating this he went home cut the toe end off a sock, rolled it partially over itself, and sewed the 1st rudimentary Bandicoot sleeve on a 40 year old sewing machine in his mother's basement. Much time and many revisions later with the help of family, friends, and new acquaintances he perfected the Bandicoot line to what it is today. 

A perfect solution to every active person's problem. What do I do with my stuff? Now you can carry materials with you comfortably without rubbing, jingling, or fearing your car might not be there when you get back :)

 


Timeline

  • January 2016
    • Someone tried to steal Ethan's Truck
    • A rudimentary prototype was created out of a sock on a sewing machine in Ethan's parent's basement
  • February 2016
    • Begin to experiment with different stretchable materials to stop shifting of objects
    • Creation of a multiple compartment system
    • Creation of a better sized flap fold-over section
    • Addition of silicone grippers inside the sleeves to prevent the sleeve from slipping or bunching up on the body
    • Creation of designs for the 3 Bandicoot products
      • Bandicoot Lite
      • Bandicoot
      • Bandicoot Full
  • March 2016
    • After knocking on many doors Ethan learns about Indiana State University's Apparel, Textiles, and Design Department
    • Ethan is introduced to the magnificent Dr. Joyce Robinson! At ISU whom helps him form professional high quality prototypes
  • May 2016
    • Testing begins with athletes to receive feedback on designs and structure
  • June 2016
    • Netting is introduced to the Bandicoot products and the Power Net Structure is identified to provide flexibility and strength for holding phones as well as allowing the user better use of their phone than many competing products
  • July 2016
    • Better materials are sourced that adds better flexibility, strength, and moisture wicking properties
    • Ethan begins to meet with patent attorneys to discuss patent feasibility
  • August 2016
    • All feedback is gathered and revisions are made to the Bandicoot design
  • September 2016
    • More revisions are made to create the final Bandicoot line designs and prototypes
    • Utility Patent is submitted and our product is officially Patent Pending!
  • October 2016
    • Fundraising startup methods are discussed and studied
  • November 2016
    • Manufactures are sourced and studied to select the best possible high quality manufacturer of our products
  • January 2017
    • Kickstarter Campaign is decided on and the groundwork is begun for a successful crowdfunding campaign
  • February 2017
    • Earphone ports were added to the flap of the sleeve in the Bandicoot and Bandicoot full models so you can easily listen to music while wearing
    • Custom shaped moisture stopping bags were added to keep moisture sensitive materials dry such as cash and electronics