When we first heard about HUCK buckets, we'll admit we scoffed a bit. Who needs a hundred-dollar bucket, when plenty of sub-$5 buckets are readily available at any hardware store. Most of us have at least one bucket sitting around the house somewhere. A hundred-dollar bucket seemed excessive, but it didn't take long for founder Joe Schneider to win us over and make us HUCK believers.
"Your typical 5-gallon bucket is made of cheap HDPE," Schneider told us when he came to Airstream's Jackson Center, Ohio headquarters to demonstrate what sets his HUCK buckets aside from the competition. "It's cheap, it's brittle, and the handles are barely capable of carrying anything of substantial weight. I tend to call them disposable buckets now."
Schneider hit on the idea for a performance bucket after a fishing mishap in the Florida Keys.
"I was carrying a bucket full of beautiful ballyhoo to go snapper fishing when the handle on the bucket I was carrying broke," he recalled of his eureka moment. "I lost all my bait as the bucket went overboard."
It was that moment, Schneider said, that he began to seriously consider how he could re-invent the tool that had accompanied him on so many outdoor pursuits. "When I looked around," he remembered, "I never had a 5-gallon bucket too far away. Cleaning boats, carrying fish, catching bait or rigging bait, or as a makeshift seat in a dove field or a turkey blind – you name it, I had a task for a bucket."
A little research revealed there were no good options when it came to 5-gallon buckets. "It was either a cheap, plastic, brittle bucket – or nothing," he said.
With the goal of building a bucket that would last, HUCK was born.
While the idea of a bucket is pretty simple, it's not hard to come up with dozens of uses for this modest tool. The difference with HUCK buckets is simple: Performance. Where other buckets will break easily (and eventually end up in the landfill where they'll decompose in several thousand years), the HUCK bucket is made to withstand not just regular use, but extreme use. This is a 5-gallon bucket on steroids – super strong and will last super long.
Proudly made in the USA, HUCK buckets are made from SpryTech™, a proprietary blend of performance polymers specially formulated for extreme strength and durability, yet lightweight and with uncommon resistance to wear, temperature, and chemicals. HUCK's polymer blend offers excellent UV stabilization, meaning it won't degrade when subjected to constant sunlight. It's also BPA-free and food-safe.
Over the years, to engineer cost out, makers of the disposable 5-gallon bucket have actually made the walls of the bucket thinner and thinner. The HUCK Performance Bucket features bucket walls that are not only made of SpryTech, but are 1/8” thick – twice as thick as the roughly 1/16” walls on most disposable buckets.
Although a HUCK is twice as thick and made of substantial material, it's still flexible enough to survive a drop of at least 20 feet when full of water. Even better, the handle bulkheads and plugs on a HUCK – the areas on an ordinary bucket that are most likely to break – are six times thicker than the 1/16” walls on an ordinary disposable bucket. Additionally, HUCK has reinforced the bucket rim above the handle bulkheads for even more handle area strength. Overkill? Maybe. But Schneider and the HUCK team wanted to make certain no matter what you put in your HUCK bucket, the handles are not going to pop out.
Who better than Vibram – the company that puts the soles on virtually all hiking footwear – to custom-design the feet and handles on the HUCK Bucket? (HUCK is one of very few companies that Vibram has agreed to work with outside the footwear industry). Using their new ICETREK™ performance rubber compound designed for unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces alike, the four Vibram-made Grippin’ Feet on a HUCK Bucket provide non-skid performance as well as exceptional all-terrain adaptability and rugged, long-lasting durability.
The TurtleGrip™ tread pattern, derived from the shape of a turtle shell, features optimal angles and spacing to maximize grip while minimizing the pick-up of grit. And, thanks to the tread pattern and the fact that the feet protrude 3/8 inch below the bucket wall, you can spray beneath the bucket without moving it. And in the rare case when the Grippin’ Feet wear out, they're easily replaceable.
From fishing to cleaning to washing the car, there are a million ways you can use a bucket. But once you replace your standard bucket with a HUCK Performance Bucket, you'll be amazed at how much easier and less prone to accidents your projects become. Here at Airstream, we added a bucket tool organizer to our HUCK bucket and made ourselves a great toolbox. A few years ago, people laughed at the idea of $300 (or more!) coolers, but all it takes is a little imagination and a dedication to performance to take a run-of-the-mill product and turn it into something imminently functional, stylish, and durable.