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We invented an adaptive ski glove that allows disabled skiers with limited hand function to hold their outriggers.

Seattle, WA Fashion
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The Project

-- Who are we? -- 

Our company "Billy's" (aka "GetBillysGoat" and "BillDon") is made up of two Seattle locals: Darin Donaldson and myself, Billy Price. Our focus is on products that empower independence. This KickStarter Campaign focuses on our adaptive ski glove.

Some background:  

After breaking my neck from a three-story fall in October of 1996, I became paralyzed from the chest down and lost the ability to use my fingers. I grew up skiing and wanted to continue the sport.

In December of 1997, I was back on the ski slopes as a sit skier. The following winter I purchased my own sit ski and outriggers (ski poles for sit skiers); however, the problem of effectively holding onto my outriggers still remained. I bounced brainstorm-solution-ideas off my father who acted as my hands to sew the original design concept together. 

After my first day of skiing with the new garage-tech-glove-prototype, it was immediately apparent that we were on the right track. My skiing vastly improved simply by having better control of my outriggers. Thus began the journey to get the prototype market-ready so others could benefit as well.

After fifteen years, we are finally here! 

-- What is the product? -- 

We invented a ski glove that enables those with limited to no hand function to use outriggers for skiing. In the disabled skiing community those who can not walk either use a mono-ski or bi-ski to get down the hill. In either case the skier will use outriggers to assist with balance and initiation of turns. For those who have limited hand function or difficulty holding their outriggers, we have invented a safe and easy solution. 

Animation: Glove, Harness and Outer Shell applied to an Outrigger
Animation: Glove, Harness and Outer Shell applied to an Outrigger

Our product solution is made up of three components: The first component is an insulated glove that incorporates a tube which you wrap your fingers around before zipping closed. The glove goes through the outrigger cuff and over the outrigger peg.  

Component #1: Glove (not to scale compared to other pictures)
Component #1: Glove (not to scale compared to other pictures)

The second component is a harness that consists of three Velcro® straps, numbered "1", "2" and "3". The straps secure the hand inside the glove and the glove onto outrigger. 

Component #2: Harness (not to scale compared to other pictures)
Component #2: Harness (not to scale compared to other pictures)

The final component is a protective outer shell that goes over the glove and harness. The shell prevents snow from interfering with the Velcro® plus adds additional insulation for warmth. 

Component #3: Outer Shell (not to scale compared to other pictures)
Component #3: Outer Shell (not to scale compared to other pictures)

The three components to the system: Glove, Harness and Outer Shell allow those with limited to no hand function to safely and effectively use outriggers while skiing.  

-- Why are we on KickStarter? -- 

Our glove solution will benefit all disabled skiers with limited hand function who use outriggers. There is no solution like ours that currently exists on the market. We have our prototype developed. Now we need help with the initial capital to fund our first manufacturing run. Without the help from KickStarter, these gloves will literally not get onto the hands of those in need. 

My skiing was revolutionized by these gloves and we want others to have the same experience. 

-- How can you help? -- 

Pledge and spread the word! This page is being sent to lots of folks, but will never reach everyone without your help. Please pass the KickStarter link along to your friends and family or others who will benefit from our glove or wish to provide support through our apparel. 

We have eight reward levels listed and detailed along the right side of this page. Additional illustrations are shown below. "The Gloves," as indicated in the "Double Black Diamond" level, are the actual ski gloves, harness, and outer shell shown above and in the video. Note: the delivered gloves will be gray, not light brown like our prototype.

Rewards

 
Coasters from the "Green Circle" Reward Level
Coasters from the "Green Circle" Reward Level
 
Men's T-Shirts from the "Blue Square" Reward Level
Men's T-Shirts from the "Blue Square" Reward Level
Women's T-Shirts from the "Blue Square" Reward Level
Women's T-Shirts from the "Blue Square" Reward Level
Baseball Caps from the "Tree Line" Reward Level
Baseball Caps from the "Tree Line" Reward Level
Sweatshirts from the "Warming Hut" Reward Level
Sweatshirts from the "Warming Hut" Reward Level
16oz Glasses from the "Après-Ski" Reward Level
16oz Glasses from the "Après-Ski" Reward Level

Risks and challenges

Have there been challenges? You bet. Our ski glove solution shown above, in the video and on our website is the cumulation of an arduous fifteen year dream.  

In October of 1996, I began a new life as a quadriplegic, but found myself back on the ski slopes soon after. We put together a rough ski glove so I could hold my outriggers and continued through the years to tweak and improve the design - slowly getting closer to manufacturability. In 2012, through the overwhelming generosity of a local Seattle outdoor apparel company, our glove solution finally became market ready. Now it is up to you, Kickstarter, to help us get the gloves in the hands of those in need. We have a local manufacturer lined up - we just need the moolah to pull the trigger. We have come too far to stop now.

Our only risk (if you wish to call it that) is simply the size of our audience. Yes our glove is a somewhat specialized piece of equipment designed specifically for a narrow audience, but consider the following per the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) from 2012: It is estimated that there are approximately 273,000 persons in the United States alone that have a spinal cord injury. Within that group approximately 18% have a cervical level of injury preserving enough arm function to benefit from our glove - 18% of 273,000 equates to nearly 50,000. Between the United States and Canada there are 600+ ski areas and 100+ Adaptive Ski Programs. Our glove solution has the potential to positively impact multitudes of people. KickStarter, please help us move our dream forward.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $3 or more

    6 backers

    "Ready to Go Downhill!" - This reward level is pure karma. We all need good karma, right? Pledge $3 and know you are contributing to something special.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    9 backers

    "Green Circle" - At this reward level you will receive four drink coasters featuring our GetBillysGoat logo (as illustrated on the left side of this page below "Rewards") plus a signed "Thank You" postcard expressing our appreciation.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    44 backers

    "Blue Square" - At this level you will receive a T-Shirt (as illustrated on the left side of this page below "Rewards"). This level also includes the coasters and "Thank You" postcard described above at the "Green Circle" level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    12 backers

    "Tree Line" - At this level you will receive a Baseball Hat (as illustrated on the left side of this page below "Rewards"). This level also includes the coasters and "Thank You" postcard described above at the "Green Circle" level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    28 backers

    "Warming Hut" - At this level you will receive a Sweatshirt (as illustrated on the left side of this page below "Rewards"). This level also includes the coasters and "Thank You" postcard described above at the "Green Circle" level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    29 backers

    "Black Diamond" - At this level you will receive a Sweatshirt from the "Warming Hut" level, a Baseball Hat from the "Tree Line" level, a T-Shirt from the "Blue Square" level, and the coasters and "Thank You" postcard from the "Green Circle" level. In addition, this level includes permanent recognition on our "Founders" page at www.GetBillysGoat.com.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    10 backers

    "Double Black Diamond" - At this level you will receive Gloves! (which includes: Right and Left Gloves, Right and Left Harnesses, and Outer Shells - as illustrated on the left side of this page). This level also includes permanent recognition on our "Founders" page at www.GetBillysGoat.com and a signed "Thank you" postcard expressing our appreciation.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    10 backers

    "Après-Ski" - At this level you will receive four 16oz Glasses featuring our GetBillysGoat Logo (as illustrated on the left side of this page below "Rewards"). This level also includes a Sweatshirt from the "Warming Hut" level, a Baseball Hat from the "Tree Line" level, a T-Shirt from the "Blue Square" level, and the coasters from the "Green Circle" level. In addition, this level includes permanent recognition on our "Founders" page at www.GetBillysGoat.com and a handwritten letter of appreciation.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (25 days)