Thanks to all our backers for helping bring Lift Baskets to skiers everywhere!
Visit www.liftbaskets.com to order Lift Baskets and to learn everything there is to know about the world's first basket designed for touring.
What people are saying about the Lift Basket:
“Works great” Earnyourturns
“Works well with Fritschi and Marker bindings” Backcountry Skiing Canada
“It’s a pretty damn cool [basket] that makes it easier, faster and more fluid to tour” Doglotion
February 18th Update:
We. Love. Ski touring. We love massive days spent winding our way up glaciers, long approaches through the trees to huge alpine bowls, summiting peaks, and skiing tight chutes and steep faces. We love the satisfaction we get from a well-set skin track; from earning our turns, from standing at the top of an untracked run, from skiing top-to-bottom without crossing another track. And we even love the dull ache we get in our legs after totally exhausting ourselves all day in the backcounty.
We also love solving problems - the ones we didn't know we had as well as the ones that nag away at us until they demanded a solution. So at the end of one particularly long day skiing in the backcountry, we realized there was a problem with our AT bindings. And we also figured out the solution.HERE'S THE PROBLEM
• Until now the only way to adjust many types has been to fumble with a small, floppy pole basket or use the pole grip.
• When you climb with your heel lifters at the wrong height you waste physical and mental energy, compounding the problem.
HERE'S THE SOLUTION
A patented ski pole basket that works with the heel lifters on your alpine touring (AT) bindings making climbing transitions effortless. We believe the Lift Basket will be the new standard ski pole basket for alpine touring, and this is why.
Profile: Designed to easily to engage heel lifters
Top and Bottom Hooks: Bosses on the top and bottom surfaces of the basket to allow it to easily hook a variety of heel lifters
Thoughtful Design: Slim profile and wedge shape help to raise lifters
Dual-Material Construction: Using two different materials makes one part stiff enough to be an effective tool, while ensuring the basket is flexible everywhere else to conform to uneven ground
Recessed Hook: Gives you multiple options when operating your lifters
Powder-Perfect Diameter: The Lift Basket is 95mm wide, enough to give you float and support in deep snow on the way up, but it won’t act like a parachute when you’re ripping down.
Light Weight: 31g per basket – comparable to most basket/ferrule combos on the ski poles today.
Stylish: Four awesome colours
The Lift Basket works best with Marker Duke, Baron (2011 – on), Tour F12 bindings. It also helps with the Salomon, Atomic and Tyrolia but how much depends on how wide your skis are, how dexterous you are, and how exhausted you are. For more on binding compatibility visit our website.
HOW DID WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM?
Check out the blog post on our website about prototyping
Why Kickstarter funding?
- Fulfilling all the rewards and shipping pre-production parts Backers,
- Making the minimum order for the plastic resins to make full production run of the Lift Basket
- Launching our product onto the market for the 2014-2015 ski season
Well, first things first. We’re going to get the pre-production Lift Baskets and other rewards into the hands and on to the poles of our supporters so they can ski farther, do bigger lines and rock après with the most stylish and functional poles baskets in the world. Then we’ll get to work on the main production run for the 2014/2015 season.
We’ll also be refining a design that will fit on the most popular models of carbon poles. After that, we’re going to get on the phone with the top binding and pole companies to see how we can make baskets and bindings work better together.
If we exceed our funding goal, any additional funds will let help us get the carbon compatible version out faster, make design improvements, get the Lift Basket into retailers for next season, and build our online sales and supply chain.
About The Founder
Hugh Patterson, a mechanical engineer and problems-solver, wanted to save energy ski touring so he could keep up with his older brother Guy on big days in the backcountry. Rather than start skiing in a lycra onsie or spend the off season roller-skiing, he had an idea to make using the heel lifters on his alpine touring bindings a little easier. After an evolution of crude prototypes he eventually designed a ski pole basket with the right mix of features to let him operate his bindings even when he was seeing double at the end of long days touring. Noting that there wasn't anything like this on the market, Hugh decided to make a few more and share them with other skiers. When he isn't in the garage with a hot-glue gun and Dremel tool, Hugh is solving mechanical design problems for high-tech companies, building giant robotic snakes, riding his bike in the mountains of BC, or growing potatoes in the garden.
Thanks to the team at WOKEstudio (especially the talented Aida Rezaei) who did the Industrial Design for the Lift Touring Basket, the MistyWest Team, the Hive, and Ken Ho.
Thanks to our friends who have helped us put a great campaign together: Michael Hall, Joni McKervey, Romney McPhie, GP, Michael Good, Aaron Rideout, Neil Pegram, Matt Hoag, Robbie Stevens, Jamie Bond, Campervan Brands, Bronwyn Kent, Frank Konsella, and Dalton Worth.
SPECS & FAQS
What poles do Lift Baskets fit on?
The Lift Basket fits on standard aluminum poles. If your poles have a plastic tip, or are carbon fiber, you'll have to wait a little longer for the Lift Basket. Back the campaign and you'll be the first to know when they're available. For more on compatibility, go to our website.
How do I install the Lift Basket?
Here, we made this video to show you how:
What AT Bindings does the Lift Basket work with?
The Lift Basket works best with the 2011 ( and newer) Marker Duke, Baron, and all Marker Tour F12 AT bindings. The Lift Basket also helps with Fritschi bindings. Check the tech spec's and FAQ's on our website
Dynafit Beast, Diamir Vipec, TRAB TR2, Tyrolia Ambition etc. – Without demo bindings we haven't been able to test the Lift Basket on these bindings yet. *Attn: Dynafit, Fritschi, Trab, Tyrolia - please send us some for testing ASAP!
Who made your video & took the pictures on your website?
Risks and challenges
Your pledge is a vote that you believe that the Lift Basket should exist. In exchange, I promise to use my experience and ability to work through the remaining challenges to bring the Lift Basket to the world.
Fulfillment Risk: Likeliness = 15%, Impact = delayed fulfillment.
We know that it is mid-season and everyone is anxious to get their baskets ASAP. To get the Lift Baskets to our backers as soon as possible when we hit our funding goal we'll pull the trigger on the pre-production run. But we know that there can be unforeseen issues with a new supply chain. For backers outside Canada and the US, we have less control of shipping. But like we’ve said before, we’ll try our hardest.
Supplier/Shipping Risk: Likeliness = 15%, Impact = delayed fulfillment.
There are some things we just cannot control. We're a small company shipping parts from overseas on a tight schedule - usually things go like clockwork but occasionally things get 'stuck in customs'. We've done small test shipments and the supply chain is working well. We also tried to pad our delivery estimates a little to compensate for 1 or 2 day delays here and there. But there’s always a chance of the supply chain conking out and us having to find a new suppliers or wait longer than expected to receive parts.
Design Risk: Likeliness = 15%, Impact = delayed fulfillment.
The Lift Basket is a small but crucial part for your touring arsenal. At first you'll admire its elegant and thoughtful design and then you'll focus on other things, like route finding, avi conditions and what snacks you've got left in your pack. But if fails, it'll ruin your day. To make sure the Lift basket lives up to your expectations we’ve put countless hours of design and testing, and material selection. The First Articles all work great, and there’s no reason that pre-production shouldn’t produce the same results. However we’ve designed consumer goods before and know there are known unknowns; designs can always be improved (look back at the first iPhone for evidence of that), materials and exact processing can change and if that affects the basket quality, we'll have to tweak the spec and design to make things work, thereby delaying fulfillment of our rewards.
Compatibility/Assembly Risk: Likeliness = 10%, Impact = disappointed backer.
We’ve worked hard through descriptions here and our webpage to describe the compatibility of the Lift Basket and installation procedure but there is a risk that you get the Lift Basket and can’t install it on your poles because a) your poles are incompatible b) the tip diameter is too large c) you don’t have the right tools or installation procedure is too complicated. Concerned? Double check your poles, ask a friend for help installing the baskets, or get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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