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Downhill Threads are t-shirts for skiers who want to share their passion for the sport, with more than just a logo on their chest.
Downhill Threads are t-shirts for skiers who want to share their passion for the sport, with more than just a logo on their chest.
69 backers pledged $5,690 to help bring this project to life.

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DOWNHILL THREADS: CARVE YOUR OWN TRAIL

I am creating Downhill Threads for skiers like myself who want to wear their passion for the sport year round. If you have been lucky enough to experience what it feels like to glide down a slope, with light powder spraying up behind you, in the serenity of the mountains, then you understand the indescribable love every skier shares. Skiing is more than a pastime or a sport... it's a lifestyle.

I'm always on the lookout for ski-related products, and especially shirts. Unfortunately, they are pretty hard to find. Most big ski companies just print their logo on everything. And in most stores that sell graphic tshirts, the subject of skiing seems to be ignored. So I decided to create my own. 

I hope that tshirts are just the beginning of Downhill Threads. My goal is to have a full line of ski products that are focused on the sport itself, and not the company behind it.

CLICKED IN: READY TO GLIDE

I've worked hard over the last 4 months to develop the first line of Downhill Threads shirt designs. I created 20 designs and had a group of fellow skiers vote on them, which helped to narrow them down to the 10 designs I will be printing first. I also have done extensive research on starting a business and have followed all of the legal protocol to get everything in place. The next step is where I need your help! 

WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO

I've learned that printing quality tshirts is expensive! But I didn't want a product that would fall apart or would be uncomfortable. I also wanted to print with an ink that was earth-friendly, which is more expensive to do. So all the contributions to Downhill Threads will be used to print the first run of shirts. I am working with a great company that specializes in water-based ink printing, and uses only eco-friendly printing, cleaning and disposal methods. I have used my own funds/time for creating the designs, the website, the legal stuff, and all of the other little things that go along with starting a business. But I would LOVE and APPRECIATE your help with the final, important task of getting the products made right. 

THE SKI SHIRTS

Below are the chosen designs that will become the first line of Downhill Threads. They will be printed on a super soft, athletic fit shirt using water-based inks that become part of the shirt (not a heavy coat of ink that sits on top). Sizes available are: S, M, L, XL. 

WINTER IS COMING!

If this project is successfully funded the printing will begin immediately. Shirts will be ready to ship in October, hopefully as the snow begins to think about falling again. I'll be sure to post updates here, but follow the progress on my facebook and twitter pages as well. And be sure to check out the website when it's complete! 
www.facebook.com/downhillthreads
www.twitter.com/downhillthreads
www.downhillthreads.com

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! See you on the slopes! 

© 2012 Downhill Threads. Ski-Shirt, LLC
Music in video from JewelBeat.com 

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    GREEN CIRCLE SUPPORTER:
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    FIRST TRACKS PACKAGE:
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    BLUE SQUARE SUPPORTER: DHT Shirt of your choice! Plus a DHT lift ticket sticker and free shipping. Who doesn't like a nice, groomed blue square every once in awhile?

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    BLACK DIAMOND SUPPORTER: TWO DHT Shirts of your choice... plus, you won't have to do laundry daily now! And I'll throw in 2 DHT lift ticket stickers and ship 'em for free.

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    SKI BUDDY PACKAGE: THREE DHT Shirts of your choice! Perfect for those extended weekend ski trips. Plus, you'll get 3 DHT lift ticket stickers, free shipping, and forever will be considered my ski buddy.

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    DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND CLUB (Experts Only): FIVE DHT Shirts of your choice. PLUS a signed 8x10 print of any design, 5 lift ticket stickers and free shipping. You'll be respected on AND off the mountain.

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    LOCAL SKI LEGEND PACKAGE: ALL TEN DHT Shirts!! If you weren't a legend before, you will be now. Order some as gifts or give yourself a new wardrobe. You'll also receive a 11x14 signed print of your choice, 10 lift ticket stickers and I'll ship your order in a new ski duffle bag for free.

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    IRON CROSS SPONSOR: This package is for the skier elite, and my new best friends. You'll receive everything in the "local ski legend package" PLUS: 1 Lift Ticket to the resort of your choice (US only, 1-day), Custom illustration of any ski-related photo you send me (printed 8x10 and framed), plus a Blu-Ray edition of Aspen Extreme - the best and worst ski movie of all time.

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    ** POWDER DAY PACKAGE ** Forget the tshirts, lets ski!!! Receive all of the following in time for this year's ski trip: ONE 2-Day Lift Ticket to any US Ski Resort, 15 DHT Tshirts of your choice (hook up your crew), 4 Ski DVDs (I'll choose or let me know what your collection is missing), 4 custom pint glasses, and your name will permanently appear as a sponsor on my website. Finally, you will be my hero.

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