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Startup reinvents the Wheel for hauling gear and drinks over any terrain

Startup reinvents the Wheel fo...
The Wheel can carry up to 200 lb
The Wheel can carry up to 200 lb
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The Wheel's flat top can be used to stack and haul additional gear
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The Wheel's flat top can be used to stack and haul additional gear
Upon arrival, the Wheel turns into a small table
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Upon arrival, the Wheel turns into a small table
Built-in cupholders help prevent spilled drinks
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Built-in cupholders help prevent spilled drinks
The Wheel's attachment points help you secure your gear
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The Wheel's attachment points help you secure your gear
The central cooler bag includes a retractable bottle opener
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The central cooler bag includes a retractable bottle opener
The Wheel uses a unique mono-wheel design to glide over sand, dirt, rock, snow and more
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The Wheel uses a unique mono-wheel design to glide over sand, dirt, rock, snow and more
A picnic lunch
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A picnic lunch
A new way of hauling your equipment and accessories to the beach or campsite
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A new way of hauling your equipment and accessories to the beach or campsite
The Wheel can carry up to 200 lb
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The Wheel can carry up to 200 lb
The Real Wheel will launch a Kickstarter campaign next week
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The Real Wheel will launch a Kickstarter campaign next week
Loading up the cooler bag
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Loading up the cooler bag
The cooler bag secures via quick twists
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The cooler bag secures via quick twists
The cooler bag secures via quick twists
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The cooler bag secures via quick twists
The cooler bag secures via quick twists
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The cooler bag secures via quick twists
You'd have a tough time hauling that in one trip without some kind of an all-terrain cart
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You'd have a tough time hauling that in one trip without some kind of an all-terrain cart
The Wheel's roller-based construction is designed to keep clear of debris
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The Wheel's roller-based construction is designed to keep clear of debris
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
Camping made easier
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Camping made easier
The Wheel's kickstands help you create a level, stable table
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The Wheel's kickstands help you create a level, stable table
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
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The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The handle folds with the help of a quick-pin release system
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The handle folds with the help of a quick-pin release system
The Wheel cooler bag
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The Wheel cooler bag
The kickstands are height-adjustable 
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The kickstands are height-adjustable 

Who wants to carry a fully loaded modern cooler, often a war zone-ready hunk of roto-molded plastic, plus chairs, tents and other accompanying gear, meters or miles to the campsite? The Real Wheel presents a better way to go about it. Its mono-wheel cart features an integrated cooler bag and table, rolling over pavement, dirt, rock, sand and whatever else is in the way. It carries up to 200 lb (91 kg), meaning you can load it up and make just one trip to camp, the beach, etc. It's essentially a tailgate on wheels – err ... wheel.

We've seen a few all-terrain gear carts in recent years, including the Zuca All Terrain and Armadillo trailer. But the Wheel is a different breed, replacing the typical two- or four-wheel setup with one wheel with 19.5-in closed-cell foam tire in the middle. The tire is covered by a water-resistant rubberized PVC skin, adding extra durability and water resistance.

Instead of the central hub we're used to seeing on other wheels, this take on the idea uses what The Real Wheel founder Jackie Piscitello describes as a needle bearing-like design. A series of rollers keep the wheel rolling over all types of uneven terrain while leaving the center hollow for storing gear and lowering center of gravity. The gear stored inside remains stationary as the wheel spins.

The Real Wheel launches the Wheel
The Real Wheel launches the Wheel

The Wheel comes with a cooler bag that secures in the middle. It can be used for storing food and drink or as a gear bag for hauling other items. The Real Wheel says it'll hold 48 cans or 14 bottles of wine – a good time if ever we've heard one.

The Real Wheel's powder-coated aluminum frame has a flat top that you can secure additional gear to. With a total payload of 200 lb (91 kg), you can carry tents, chairs, umbrellas, clothes bags, etc. Bungee tie-downs let you secure all that gear to keep it stable for the ride.

Once you come to a stop, The Wheel sets up and levels off with four included adjustable-height kickstands, and the gear-shouldering top becomes a table, complete with two cupholders. The cooler bag includes a retractable bottle opener.

The Wheel weighs 25 lb (11 kg) and features a folding handle, bringing size down to 22 x 22 x 24 in (56 x 56 x 61 cm) for transport and storage.

Upon arrival, the Wheel turns into a small table
Upon arrival, the Wheel turns into a small table

The Real Wheel will put The Wheel on Kickstarter next Tuesday, June 6, letting the crowdfunding masses help sculpt its fate. Early bird pledge levels will start at US$299, a $100 savings off the estimated $399 retail price.

The all-new consumer-spec Wheel follows The Real Wheel's original heavy-duty emergency services design aimed at hauling gear – and even medical patients on stretchers – in and out of disaster relief zones.

The Real Wheel has provided a sneak peek ahead of its Kickstarter campaign in the video below.

Source: The Real Wheel

The Real Wheel Monowheel, All-Terrain Cart with Built-in Table - Live on Kickstarter Now!

6 comments
Teaser-Trailer.com
That wheel is actually a Chinese wheelbarrow (a wheelbarrow with an oversized wheel in the middle) . Pushing it would be better than pulling though.
Bob Flint
Unless you live there, were would this monster be stored much less carried with you?...on it's own separate trailer? dumb...
FabianLamaestra
Good idea but look unappealing for the price tag. Should be redesigned to look more modern and attractive. Looks like something I would pick up at Harbor Freight for 30 bucks.
frogola
now we need someone to put a motor on that wheel so we can ride it.
pmshah
Forget about 200 pounds, I would like to see someone try and lug even 100 pounds loaded on it where the incline is like 20° to 25° on slightly rough terrain. Unless it has power assist it would be a total disaster.
Nairda
It is actually more environmentally friendly compared to other options, as the large soft wheel will be less likely to disturb the trail. Agree with FabianLamaestra about the price. Should be $150-200. Also the handle needs to be extend-able. I can see how it would nip at your heals if you pulled it up a hill requiring a longer stride. Lastly, if the in wheel storage could be made into a proper waterproof cylinder that would make this a proper off-road tool. Good for those preppers out there.