This project's funding goal was not reached on August 31, 2014.
About this project
Every snowboarder knows the pain of taking that last run -- having to wait until the next vacation or season to ride again. At LEIF, we dreamed of a future where snowboarding was not confined to the snow and mountains, but accessible to everyone, anywhere.
Now, you can snowboard all summer long for less than the cost of just one snowboard trip!
'[LEIF] will allow for your next adventure to be right around the corner on the concrete and pavement when the slopes and the snow seem too far away." Clapway.tv
"Its unique hardware appears to create a ride that's about as fast and flowy as you can have while standing up on hot asphalt." Gizmag
"If the winter is just not enough time to get all the snowboarding in that you prefer, then consider picking up LEIF" InStash
"With your snowboard strapped to the roof of your mom’s station wagon you know it’s going to sit in the garage until the next winter. What if it didn’t have to be that way?" TechFaster
"Riders can do a variety of tricks and stunts as if they were on a snowy trail. Pretty cool!" StupidDope
"Snowboarders that wish they could enjoy their sport even without snow whilst back in cities and built up areas, might be interested in a new motorised skateboard with a difference called the LEIF." Geeky Gadgets
"So, whether you're a snowboarder, skater, surfer or a Segway user who's looking for a bit more style, the LEIF should probably be on your radar." Engadget
Press contact: Aaron@LEIFTech.com
The LEIF is your snowboard away from the mountain.
Riding the LEIF captures the exhilaration, mechanics and feel of snowboarding. The same snowboarding body movements produce the same result and ride on pavement.
Carving on the LEIF allows the you to lean hard into turns and cut across the pavement. Sliding on the LEIF feels as though the board is cutting through the pavement like a freshly-groomed mountain slope.
No hiking or lift ticket required.
With the LEIF, you have the snowboard, the mountain and the chairlift. Ride with a group of friends, or set out on your own quest with everything you need to get where you're going - and get back home.
Ride to school, to work or just explore
Escape the monotony of your daily commute and snowboard to work, school or just explore and discover new lines in your environment. From city streets, to bike lanes to country roads - now you can ride all year long for less than the cost of one snowboarding vacation.
Turn your streets into your mountain.
We have developed a fully functioning prototype, allowing you to ride your streets like a snowboard. Control your speed up to 20 mph, with the power to blast through slides, climb hills, carve big turns and stop on a dime.
The LEIF uses the lightest and most powerful brushless electric motors in a unique and innovative power system designed to deliver power in any direction giving you the freedom to ride forward, backwards, sideways, and even uphill.
Technology Demo (Prototype Model)
Slide to a stop just like a snowboard.
Control braking using the same intuitive process found in snowboarding - no mechanical brake system required. Safe, intuitive and confident stopping power.
All Production Models to Ship by May 2015
All of the mechanical engineering has been designed and the ride is simply amazing. This campaign will help fund investments necessary to develop injection molds, convert current 3D printed parts to 6061 aluminum, and take a final look at the aesthetic design.
Ergonomic wireless remote control.
The LEIF is controlled by a wireless remote that won't fall out of your hand. The simplicity of the thumb slider will let you know exactly how much power is being sent to the LEIF at any given time - keeping you cruising at your speed.
Environmental conservation - one LEIF at a time.
LEIF technology is also green technology, using a renewable energy source at the core of the power system. These high-end batteries will take you 16,000 miles (2,000 cycles) before needing to be replaced!
Battery: 18 3.6V lithium phosphate (LiFePO4) cells
Motor: Two 2000W electric brushless motors
Speed: 20 mph
Weight: 15 lbs (6.8 kg)
Range: up to 8 miles (varies with terrain and riding style)
Recharging time: 60 minutes
Join us as a LEIF Visionary.
Your support will help us make significant investments in manufacturing to bring this amazing product to life.
You will also be supporting a brand that is centered around a passion for snowboarding. We want snowboarders as visionaries, customers, and employees.
This is why every pledge that earns a LEIF production model will also earn the right to exclusive product updates as well as opportunities to provide feedback through a private social media group. We want our supporters that share the same passion to also have input on the final product.
Riding the LEIF is all about leaving everyday life and bringing the mountain experience to your own environment.
So what are you waiting for? Support the LEIF project today and help bring year-round snowboarding to reality.
Rewards: LEIF Production Model
The final LEIF production model will be the lightest, most efficient - and most fun way to snowboard around your streets. Special pricing is only available to our KickStarter visionaries as a thank-you for joining this movement.
Your support will allow this amazing product to come to life, and bring year-round snowboarding to everyone - everywhere.
Rewards: Collector's Piece
Own a piece of the actual development process with a 3D printed part that we saved from the prototyping phase. You could receive a motor mount, base, slip ring or other piece of the process!
Rewards: T-Shirts & Hoodies
LEIFTech T-Shirts and Hoodies are high-quality cotton made of environmentally-friendly recycled material. These high-quality pieces cost us a bit more, but we want to deliver items that our supporters will actually wear and love.
Just like all great innovations, there were others before us that paved the way and inspired our creation. Here are just a few:
Steen Strand of Freebord is the godfather of alternative ways to snowboard, and was a huge inspiration in developing this product. My Metroboard showed me how fun and exhilarating electric skateboards can be, and that this is an excellent option for commuting. The Boosted Board showed everyone that electric skateboards can be beautifully designed despite all of the bulky components that go inside.
The result of our intensive development process, driven by our experiences, inspiration and personal knowledge, led to the development of new and original designs that made this product possible - such as the invention of the world's first tandem-rotating motorized caster wheel, motor assemblies, battery configurations and more.
We are excited for the future, and we can't wait to see the LEIF project develop alongside other visionaries that are inspired in the same ways!
Risks and challenges
The LEIF is an advanced product and getting into production is never easy.
Some of our components and sub-assemblies may have longer leadtime than we foresee. To that extent we are placing orders for these components as soon as possible. Where possible we have multiple suppliers lined up.
Certification can take only a few days or much longer if designs need to be modified. We will be working with testing labs that can help with this process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The technology required to make the LEIF powered and move just like a snowboard is much more complicated than any other electric skateboard. The tech behind our tandem-rotating caster wheel requires a lot of custom and expensive components. We are also using the best batteries on the market, since they will go 16,000 miles before needing to be replaced!
This tech, as well as the fact the board needs 2 sets of high-end motors and custom components, are why the price is $1,300. It seems high at first, but it is a bargain compared to other high-end electric skateboards like the Boosted Board ($2,000) or Evolve ($1,500) that don't have the snowboard capabilities.
It burns our hearts to have the price where it is, but this will change over time. This project is simply about having the capabilities of being able to snowboard everywhere. We are hoping to connect with others that feel the same way about snowboarding everywhere through this KickStarter campaign. Maybe we'll find enough like-minded people to get funded, maybe not. But our hearts compel us to try our hardest to make this happen!
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