Kickstarter Review: BetterBack

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write a review for this product, nor am I affiliated with the company in any way.

Hey all. Confession time. I am slightly addicted to Kickstarter. If you check out my profile, you can see that I’ve backed quite a few items. I’m sure I won’t win the “most backed” award, if that’s a thing, but yea…it’s a problem. But I love it! I love helping someone reach their goal and then receiving rewards at a lower price in exchange. Addicting.

Read more about my Kickstarter addiction here.

I’ve been getting a lot of my campaign rewards in the mail lately, so I want to tell you about them!

Today’s Kickstarter campaign is called BetterBack. I decided to back this product because I sit in an office cubicle for 8 hours per day in front of a computer. My back hurts. I didn’t think an office job would be harmful in a physical way at all, but I was wrong! I think I have pretty decent posture for the most part, but when I get involved in a project I catch myself slouching. And it’s beginning to hurt more and more. So, I saw the video and campaign for BetterBack and needed to sign up! Plus, the reward tier that gives a backer the actual product was fairly low compared to some other campaigns. This was important because I like to pretend that I’m not spending a lot of money on Kickstarter, even though it’s adding up…(lalala…not listening!)

Creator Bio from Kickstarter:

Hi I’m Katherine!

Katherine Krug HeadshotI live in San Francisco. I’m really passionate about helping people be their best and push at their potential.

I’m currently focusing my energy on helping people reach their potential through products, talks and writing that help people (1) optimize their health, (2) improve their self-understanding and self-efficacy, and (3) improve their relationships with their partners, families and teams.

When I’m not up to that, I’m on a plane, reading a book, lifting weights or searching for a hot tub.

Campaign REVIEW

The creators kept us backers updated (see the campaign page here). They gave us frequent enough updates that I was informed with the progress or the campaign, but not too many as to be annoying. Some of the updates included tips to help our back pain in the mean time before we received BetterBack! When I backed the campaign, Katherine messaged me asking to share (probably an automated message). I replied and received a quick response, which was great to see! I felt like I was helping a friend with their campaign, instead of a stranger.

Product REVIEW

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    BetterBack and it’s life-giving campaign site!

    BetterBack was shipped and received when estimated. Some campaigns take a LONG time to ship product. Things happen, so I understand when it takes a while!

  • The quality of BetterBack is amazing! The exterior case is sturdy and feels like it would be easy to clean if I were to spill something on it. The case is also small enough to fit in my purse or suitcase.
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    Sturdy and compact!

    The zipper is strong as well and I’m not afraid that it’s going to split when I zip the case closed.

  • One thing I love the most about BetterBack is that it’s all ONE piece. You can use it in seconds, without needing to piece anything together.
  • The back cushion is comfortable and so are the knee pads.
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    All one piece.

    One thing that I don’t like, is that sometimes the knee pads slide off my knees depending on what I’m wearing (jeans vs. leggings or something else slippery). I guess it makes sense that it happens, but it can be annoying.

  • BetterBack is easy to use. The straps are easy to tighten and if I need to get up from my desk, it takes one second to remove BetterBack so I can get up (literally, I stand up and leave it on my chair).

I am still getting used to it, but I think BetterBack is really going to help me! Definitely worth backing the campaign.

You can preorder BetterBack on their website.

O is for [The] Oatmeal

Really, Katy? Oatmeal? No, dear readers, The Oatmeal. I won’t be talking about a delicious, but mushy breakfast food for the letter ‘O’. Instead, I’ll be covering the webcomic, The Oatmeal.
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The Good: The Oatmeal is a hilarious web comic that covers topics from proper grammar, interesting animals, technology, and more. Recently, the Oatmeal partnered with Elan Lee and Shane Small to create a Kickstarter campaign called “Exploding Kittens.” Don’t worry, it’s a card game! And it is officially the most backed campaign in the history of Kickstarter (for now). I am happy to say that I was one of the 219,382 backers to help this game become reality. You can view the funded campaign here.

The Bad: What is there to complain about The Oatmeal when he makes people laugh, gives honest opinions, and is an avid long distance runner? I’m not sure if I can find a downside to be honest! I mean, I guess I could say I was jealous, but I’m really not. I am happy that one person can bring so much joy to so many people! I wouldn’t say no to his Tesla car though…it sounds awesome.

The Katy: I haven’t played Exploding Kittens yet, but it looks awesome! There are groups play-testing the game now, so every backer should be receiving their copies soon. If you are super jealous, first read my post on Jealousy and then just keep an eye on the internet. The game hopefully will be available soon (don’t quote me because I really have no idea)!

There were so many links in this one! I hope you read and like the Oatmeal comics. Let me know which one is your favorite below. 🙂

K is for Kickstarter

The letter K is today’s letter! Instead of doing something boring like “Katy” or “Kittens” (ok, both of those things are pretty awesome…) I decided to write about my newest obsession: Kickstarter! To view other blogs in the A to Z Challenge, click here.

The Good: Kickstarter is an awesome website where people can start campaigns about anything they want (within reason). The campaigns can be anything from art or theater productions to board games and design (my favorites). I want to mention one of my favorite campaigns that I’ve backed so far. 10402460_10203624855374189_3073201931604935197_n

The first is the “PhillUp Cup” by Puj. PhillUp is a color coded cup system that hangs on the fridge. The cups match the hooks and everyone can have their own color. We are on our first week of having the cups hanging on the refrigerator and it’s amazing! Graham refused to drink out of any cup that wasn’t a sippy cup. In fact, the last cup we gave him was chucked across the table, causing another cup (a breakable one) to cascade to the floor. Oh the drama, Graham. Right when we took the cups out of their packages and let the kids pick a color, Graham wanted to drink out of it. He still needs a little help, but the cups aren’t too heavy for his little hands to hold onto (it’s just user error at this point). Tristan is a pro. I gave him his orange cup and showed him that he needs to hang it up after he was done. He ran to the fridge from his seat and almost face-planted. He is fine, don’t worry! I would highly recommend the Puj PhillUp Cups to anyone. We bought the four pack so Luke and I could have our own color too. Now, we don’t have empty water cups all over the counters. Revolutionary! View the funded PhillUp Cup campaign here! (I am not being paid by Puj. I just stumbled upon this campaign and had to have it!)

PhillUp looks awesome! Much more organized than the kids' art.

PhillUp looks awesome! Much more organized than the kids’ art.

The Bad: Now that Luke and I are budgeting better, I can’t back as many campaigns. This probably could fall under “The Good” as well because I know I NEED to spend my money on other things, like…diapers and food. Kickstarter is addicting, so be careful how much you back at once! Most campaigns are not around much longer than a month, so when all of the campaigns you’ve backed at the same time are done, all of that money is going to come out of your account. At the same time. So, just be smart!

The Katy: I will continue to back Kickstarter campaigns (just not so many at one time). In fact, when I receive whatever item for the campaigns I’ve backed, I will put a new review here on my blog. So, even if you missed backing their campaign, you can get a first look at some great items that you can buy in stores! Like, the Puj PhillUp Cup. So great. Follow me on Kickstarter here!