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Snowboard anywhere the concrete leads you - across flat ground or even uphill. Turn your neighborhood's pavement into powder with LEIF. Read more

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Snowboard anywhere the concrete leads you - across flat ground or even uphill. Turn your neighborhood's pavement into powder with LEIF.

Brooklyn, NY Technology
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Snowboard Everywhere.

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!

Snowboard on your streets.
Snowboard on your streets.

'[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.

Slide through turns just like a snowboard.
Slide through turns just like a snowboard.

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.

Snowboard uphill for the first time ever.
Snowboard uphill for the first time ever.

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.

Choose your own path.
Choose your own path.

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.

Take the mountain home with you.
Take the mountain home with you.

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.

Dual 2000W brushless motor power core.
Dual 2000W brushless motor power core.

 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.

Slide to a stop just like a snowboard
Slide to a stop just like a snowboard

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.

Roadmap to Production Model delivery.
Roadmap to Production Model delivery.

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.

Control your speed wirelessly.
Control your speed wirelessly.

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!

Stable & powerful Lithium-ion batteries.
Stable & powerful Lithium-ion batteries.

Technical Specifications

Prototype LEIF
Prototype LEIF

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.

The best is yet to come - be a part of it!
The best is yet to come - be a part of it!


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!

Own a piece of the development process.
Own a piece of the development 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.

Men's T-shirt in Prototype Grey.
Men's T-shirt in Prototype Grey.
Hoodie in Prototype Grey (beard not included)
Hoodie in Prototype Grey (beard not included)
Women's T-shirt in Prototype Grey
Women's T-shirt in Prototype Grey

Inspiration

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.

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FAQ

  • 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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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    24 backers

    GRATITUDE - Your support will allow this amazing product to come to life, and bring year-round snowboarding to everyone - everywhere.

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    $10 reward

    22 backers

    VISIONARY + STICKER - Solidify your name forever on our website as an official LEIF Visionary.

    Also receive a durable, UV safe vinyl LEIF logo decal. Stick it on your board, your lid, or wherever!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $25 reward

    2 backers

    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!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $55 reward

    5 backers

    VISIONARY SHIRT - LEIF Vintage T-shirt in Prototype Grey. High quality organic cotton with environmentally friendly ink and vintage style graphics that are soft to the touch. Men's and Women's designs available.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $100 reward

    8 backers

    VISIONARY HOODIE - LEIF Vintage Hoodie in Prototype Grey. High quality organic cotton with environmentally friendly ink and vintage style graphics that are soft to the touch. Great for night rides!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,299 reward

    20 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD I - Help us get started and get special pricing and a board from the first production run, just in time for the summer!

    Free shipping to USA. (Add $100 for shipping to Canada. International, HI and AK shipping varies.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,399 reward

    3 backers

    FULL PRODUCTION - Get a LEIF from the first production run with special pricing, just in time for the summer!

    Free shipping to USA. (Add $100 for shipping to Canada. International, HI and AK shipping varies.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,599 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    GET IT EARLY! - a LEIF from the Beta production run one month before first production run!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $5,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    EARLY LEIF + MEET THE TEAM! - a LEIF from the Beta production run, a collector's piece, and meet the team! Free shipping to USA. Plus visit the LEIF team in Brooklyn and get a personalized tour of where it all happens. Your name will also forever be highlighted as a special visionary at the top of the LEIF Visionaries section of our website.

    Includes one coach airline ticket from anywhere within the continental United States for round-trip travel to New York City during March 2015. Dates must be chosen by September 2014 and your LEIF will be presented by a LEIF founder with a special thank you during your visit.

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Funding period

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