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A powder ski developed by legendary ski designer & industry pioneer Jason Levinthal, to be the most fun & versatile in its class.
118 backers pledged $42,018 to help bring this project to life.

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FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS I've worked relentlessly to progress the sport I love. . . skiing. In 1995 I started LINE skis out of my parent's garage pioneering one of the first twin tip skis & growing Line into one of the top 5 ski brands in North America today. Last year, I left that job to become an entrepreneur again starting a new & very different ski company, J skis. I've now developed my 3rd J ski model, and am looking for your support to help me get this highly anticipated award winning prototype powder ski into production & skier's hands.

WHEN IT COMES TO SKI DESIGN there are plenty that perform great in the powder, yet very few, that are equally fun to ride when the powder's gone. I designed The Friend™ to be truly the best of both worlds. Float, slash, surf, butter in the deep stuff until it gets tracked out, then mach hip dragging carves top to bottom like you just came back from winning the Olympic Slalom. "No friends on a powder day" . . . not anymore!    #JFRIENDSONAPOWDAY

The Friend "PILLOWS" Limited Edition Ski 
Adam Haynes x J Artist Collaboration

Artist Adam Haynes is known for his legendary paintings of surreal fantasy winter dreamscapes that every skier or snowboarder dreams of riding. He's created art for some of the most respected brands in action sports, yet never in skiing. I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Adam on a ski graphic and this time around the stars aligned at just the right time for my best powder ski to date. I'm building only 100 pair of The Friend "PILLOWS" Limited Edition ski & hand signing & numbering each pair, so you're guaranteed to have J's on your feet like no one else!   #JPILLOWS

Giray Dadali riding "The Friend" prototype at Snowbird last spring

AWARDS & TESTIMONIAL

Skiing Magazine - 2015 Gear Guide

“We knew it wouldn’t take long for newly departed Line Skis founder Jason Levinthal to cook up something different. Using a ski factory in Quebec, he’s pumping out fresh designs like this new powder board, The Friend. And it’s exactly that in the deep stuff: trustworthy, responsive, and a little nutty. It will push you in technical and playful terrain and always leave you smiling, even on groomed run-outs.”

Dan Cardon – Burlington, Vermont
"J's new pow skis have a super fun & playful flex, ready to butter, ollie, & nollie pop on command. If your into arcing & carving they have the sidecut you need to keep you driving your way confidently.”

Brendan Gooding – Bristol, NY & Colorado
“I found the ski to be extremely snappy and responsive.  Had a life full of energy.  Great in deep pow/crud.  Very stable at straight line speeds. I will be purchasing the ski for east coast / in bounds west coast skiing.”

Giray Dadali - Salt Lake, Utah (athlete)
“The Friend does it all and makes any adventure a good time. Its super playful in deep pow and holds its own when opening up on larger terrain. If you sink the edge in on a groom and press, you'll feel it engage a radius like no other.”

Noel Lazenby - Stowe, Vermont
“They are the perfect waist width. I was very surprised at how versatile these skis are. They held great on firm snow and at high speeds. I would definitely buy a pair.”

Steve Stepp - Park City, Utah (athlete)
"The soft flex and lightweight design made skiing pow really fun & easy. I was able to maneuver the Friend on the steeps and several BC jumps with ease. Its a super forgiving and playful ski. I highly recommend The Friend if you're looking to stomp tricks into powder or cruise deep powder!!"

LEARN ABOUT THE SKI SHAPE

"The Friend" ski shape I used my legendary tried-and-true, award winning all-mountain multi radius sidecut geometry, normally only found on narrower all-mtn skis, for intuitive, ultra responsive multi-size turns at any speed. To maximize float without sacrificing grip, I used a 4 radius rocker shape that floats effortlessly yet maintains a low profile for maximum edge control & reduced tip vibration.

LEARN ABOUT THE SKI CONSTRUCTION

"The Friend" ski construction, I spared no expense using absolutely the highest performing materials possible. The Maple wood core combined with the full height UHMW sidewalls provide the most durable & powerful construction in the industry. The 4 directions of fiberglass enables responsive energy in every direction with Carbon fiber running tip to tail for increased energy & pop as well as reduced weight. The extra thick hardened steel edge & high-speed ultra hard sintered base is the thickest thus most durable you can get, enabling multiple years of re-tunes for a long life.

TRUSTWORTHY

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE I personally guarantee you'll love these skis. If for any reason within your first 3 days of use on the hill you don't love them, you can literally send them back, & I'll refund your total product cost, no questions asked!

1 YEAR WARRANTY J warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of (1) year from the original date of purchase at retail. Items will be repaired or replaced if, upon inspection they are found to be defective in materials or workmanship.

Contact me anytime: (802) 585-1098   jason@jskis.com

SHIPPING COSTS

US & CANADA FREE SHIPPING! There are no additional shipping, duties or taxes.

OUTSIDE THE US & CANADA SHIPPING: Product will be shipped "freight collect". You are 100% responsible for paying any & all shipping, duties, taxes & VAT charges at the time of delivery. You must pay the DHL delivery company when product shows up at your house. I do not know what this cost is, every country is different. If you would like an estimate, please contact DHL.com and ask them for a quote.
- Shipping from: Cowansville, Quebec Canada J2K 2Y3.
- 1 pair of skis: weight 4kg / box size 190cm x 15cm x 15cm

CREDITS:
- "Kickstarter", "Shape", "Construction", "Building skis" videos by Joe Gaetani at Rightside Productions  
- "Pillows" Video by Brian Niles at The Outlaw Partners
- "Kickstarter", "Shape", "Construction" music by Andrew Peak

Risks and challenges

Meeting product development & production deadlines always has inherent challenges & risks due to the process relying on multiple people and companies, not just myself who’s driving it. However, with my 20 years of experience in the ski industry, I am accustom to these challenges & very experienced at finding fast solutions to any problems that arise to keep projects moving forward without sacrificing quality.
I proved this again just 12 months ago when I literally started this ski company from scratch www.Jskis.com and delivered new product to customers within months. I also have already developed this ski into a 100% working product of which ski industry & consumer testers confirm has exceptional performance, so you are buying a product with proven performance, from an existing, reliable company. I’ve kept all of the construction materials, manufacturing techniques & factory the same as my current ski production to maintain the same top quality reliable finished product. If there are any delays in the production schedule, I will keep you informed during every step of the way.

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    WORK OF ART: Pen Pal Reward + Exclusively available on Kickstarter! Limited edition print of the "Pillows" ski graphic, hand signed & numbered by legendary artist Adam Haynes. High quality hand silk screened 2 color print on natural 140# Kraft paper 12” x 36” shipped rolled up in a cardboard tube. (SHIPPING COST outside US & Canada see info at bottom of page)

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