MADE IN CANADA
We're Canadian, but what does that mean? First and foremost it means opportunity. We began testing Ryno Hide in early 2018, and although our travels have taken us as far away as Patagonia (Ryno Hide performed awesomely in South America!), most of our testing has been done right here in Canada, in the Canadian Rockies.
But it goes beyond just testing. We've invested in manufacturing equipment that allows us to produce our patches in-house, eliminating the need to go overseas, and significantly reducing our carbon footprint. We build, assemble, and ship everything from right here in Canada.
Our materials are also sourced in Canada, meaning we're helping to support our country's economy. We're a pretty small contributor, we get that, but in this day and age, every little bit helps.
So yes, like the song says, we're proud to be Canadian.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
First came the need for the product. Being avid hikers, runners, and adventurers, we spend a lot of time outdoors. But you can't have the good without the bad, and the bad in this case was blisters. Oh those morale-crushing, curse-word-inducing, feet-feel-like-fire little skin pockets of water.
We tried all the tricks: doubling socks, new footwear, lighter footwear, tape, duct tape, other blister patches... nothing really worked.
We caught wind of this certain kind of tape that is fantastic for blisters, but it has a few major drawbacks:
- You buy it by the roll and end up with enough for several lifetimes
- Once you peel it from the roll you can't re-stick it to itself without impacting the adhesive. Meaning that you can't make a smaller roll to throw in a backpack or pocket.
- It needs to be cut to size rather than torn, so you need scissors with you. Moreover, the corners need to be rounded, which is difficult to do with scissors because the adhesive is so strong, so your scissors get gummed up, then you need to clean them... look: it's a great product but it has its limitations.
We fought through those limitations, testing a number of different sizes and shapes on various sizes, shapes, and locations of blisters. Once we had a rough idea of what we wanted, we purchased a machine that allows us to cut specific shapes very precisely, and very quickly.
And here we are today: over a year of mud, sweat, and shears, but proud to be able to bring you the best blister patches possible.
We put a lot of thought into our packaging, and we didn't cut corners - we saved that for the patches!
Rather than putting an instructions sheet inside each package, we instead print them on the inside of the label. Less paper in the production means less waste, and less cost for you.
As for the plastic bags, we chose a heftier 4-mil resealable bag because we want you to use it out on the trail. Completely waterproof and extremely durable, you can use these bags as a mini first aid kit, a wallet, or a little ditty bag to carry your odds and ends. And when you're done with it, you can put it in your blue bin.
The backings we use for the patches themselves are 100% biodegradable. This doesn't mean we recommend throwing them on the trail, but it does mean that they won't clutter up landfills for years and years to come.