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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.

You can stay in touch regarding future product launches, feedback surveys, promotions and more here:Facebook, Twitter, Lift Baskets Newsletter

What people are saying about the Lift Basket:

Works greatEarnyourturns

Works well with Fritschi and Marker bindingsBackcountry Skiing Canada 

It’s a pretty damn cool [basket] that makes it easier, faster and more fluid to tourDoglotion

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

Tired of this?
Tired of this?
• Adjusting the height of your heel lifters is critical to efficient and safe ski touring 

• 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

Tech Spec's

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

Compatible Bindings

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.

Compatible Poles
This is important! Check your poles are compatible!
This is important! Check your poles are compatible!
The pre-production version of the Lift Baskets fits on aluminum poles with a standard tip. For more on pole compatibility and installation see the video below or visit our website.

HOW DID WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

Check out the blog post on our website about prototyping

Why Kickstarter funding? 

We've spent hundreds of hours designing, building and testing the Lift Basket, and we’ve found great manufacturer who can build it. The next part is relatively simple but it is our biggest hurdle: Going into production. Raising $5,000 would enable us to cover the minimum order of material for a production run of the Lift Basket. We're not a big ski brand with R&D budgets who can easily make minimum production orders, but we've created a tool that is equal in quality to anything those companies have to offer and with your help we can do it. By backing the Lift Basket you're getting more than a great ski pole basket, you're helping support the next innovation in alpine touring.

Rewards for Backers

$25 "Get Lifted" = a pair of baskets. We’re doing a pre-production run of the baskets and making the four colour combo's available through this Kickstarter Campaign. "Get Lifted" is an opportunity for Backers to get in on the ground level. You'll be the first skiers with Lift Baskets, and we invite you to give us feedback on the design, function and appearance. 

$85 "Go Deep" = baskets on poles. Some people asked us if they could get baskets ready to go on poles, so we asked the cool cats at Joysticks if they could help us out. They said yes! Their Fame pole is the perfect match the Lift Basket. Back us at the "Go Deep" level and Hugh will mount your baskets on a pair of Fame poles and get them to you ASAP. We are going to try our hardest to get them to you in time for some touring this season. 

Finally, do you love making patterns in the snow with your baskets? Why not take it to the next level, the All Time Epic level, and stamp patterns in the snow with every Lift Basket! 


If backcountry skiing isn't your thing ( or ...you broke your leg on the back of Mt Something in December and won't be seeing the tail end of a glacier until 2015) but you like this project and want to see it succeed, we'd love your support, too. Simply select "No Reward" and add the amount you'd like to pledge.

Fulfillment Schedule

How will your contribution be used? 

- 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

After Kickstarter?

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. 

Shoutouts

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 

MSRP 

We're not simply re-branding someone else's parts; we've built a totally new product from the ground up. This early in the process it's difficult to know how wholesalers, retailers, and other skiers will price it. We asked as many people as we could, looked at what it costs us to get them to you, and came up with $25 as a fair price.  For helping us to get it off the ground, we're knocking off 30%. Shipping is a killer for a lot of Kickstarter projects and it's no different for ours. Shipping a pair baskets with tracking costs about $8 in Canada and $7 to the US. Hence $25 = $17.5 + $7.5. Shipping poles is a whole lot worse but we're going to make it happen.

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?

Our secret weapon. Michael JP Hall is an unstoppable one man show. He even endured his second case of the Screaming Barfies  shooting the video on one particularly cold day on Whistler.

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.

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    You believe it's time for a better AT basket. Thank you. Support us with any amount you feel comfortable with. You'll get Backer Only updates and be able to follow the progress of the project.

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    "Get Lifted - Blue" - Get a pair of blue and white Lift Baskets 30% off MSRP + shipping included. (Backers outside N.America $10 for shipping)

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    "Get Lifted - Lime" - Get a pair of lime green and white Lift Baskets 30% off MSRP + shipping included. (Backers outside N.America $10 for shipping)

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    "Go Deep - Blue" Time for new poles? Get a pair of blue and white Lift Baskets mounted on a sweet pair of Joysticks Fame poles. (Sorry, not available to outside North America)

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    "All-time Epic" Your initials will be embossed 5mm high on the bottom surface of the production Lift Baskets - they'll appear every time any production Lift Basket is planted in the snow! We'll hook you up with baskets and poles too. Please get in touch for the details.

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