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Stephen CattersonBy Stephen Catterson
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Stephen CattersonBy Stephen Catterson
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£80,010
pledged of £100,000pledged of £100,000 goal
141
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 6 2016 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Skiing and snowboarding are social sports. As well as learning new skills, feeling the rush, testing yourself to the limits or doing jumps, wouldn’t it be great to stay connected to your friends and family; telling them where you are and what you’re doing? Imagine listening to your favourite playlists whilst doing your favourite activity in the mountains without having to search through your bag or ski jacket every time you want to change a song, or call a friend to say you’re stopping at the après ski bar after the next run. Imagine being able to connect with your group to tell them about imminent danger on an off-piste track, and all of this with no wires, no time delay, gloves still on, or even whilst you’re getting off the ski lift or skiing half way down a mountain.

Now you can.

The LinkPro® Explore 1™ has ergonomically designed buttons on the outside of the helmet meaning you have easy access to fully control your music i.e. play, pause, skip track. When a phone call comes in, the same button acts as an answer/end call button in the same way that your phone’s headphone cable works. Additionally, you can increase or decrease your volume with dedicated buttons.

There is one single button for communication. Press this and you are instantly connected to everyone else in your group. As a safety precaution, communication via FM takes precedence over all other audio. This means that if you see a friend or family member heading for danger but they’re listening to music, a tap of the communication button will cut their music so you can instantly alert them. Once you finish using the communication button, their music will continue playing.

We care about technicality and cool design, but safety is paramount to us. In addition to designing the helmet to fit global safety standards, we’ve also teamed up with a host of specialist partners around the world to bring the Explore 1™ helmet into the forefront of the snow sport safety market.

RECCO®

We know that as fun as the mountains are, there are risks involved. That's why we've have teamed up with avalanche recovery specialists, Recco, to incorporate an avalanche reflector chip in every helmet meaning if you did need it, rescue teams could easily locate you buried in snow in treacherous conditions.

MIPS®

MIPS (multi directional impact protection system) are pioneers in the reduction of brain injuries. That is why we wanted them on board. Your head is effectively in our hands, and we want to protect it as best as possible. Every helmet incorporates MIPS patented technology which sets a new standard in helmet safety. Developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head, it means you can explore the mountains with confidence.

FIDLOCK®

We know how fiddly and annoying it can be to do things with gloves on half way down a mountain. That’s why we’ve designed the Explore 1™ with easy access controls and functionality, including a patented Fidlock magnetic strap which can be opened and closed quickly and effortlessly with just one gloved hand, with a high locking force for maximum protection. No need to ever remove your gloves again to mess about with a helmet strap.

We also look different. In a good way. The Explore 1™ brings unique style to the slopes and puts the style of the helmet in the hands of the wearer with over 100,000 different color options to choose from to create a complete personalised look unique to you.

Interchangeable Clips
Interchangeable Clips

We didn’t just stop at the helmet. We wanted to incorporate goggles that matched the helmet beautifully and seamlessly. However, if you want to wear your own goggles with the helmet - we’re fine with that too. The LinkPro goggles are as high spec as the helmet and come with: 

  • Fully polarised Italian lenses
  • Triple layered foam
  • Anti scratch & anti fog
  • Moulded hard case 
LinkPro Goggles
LinkPro Goggles

Above is a chart showing the various sizes of helmets. The best way to measure your head is with a measuring tape. Start in the middle of your forehead and wrap the tape around the circumference of your head.

Don't worry. If you receive the wrong size of helmet, we will exchange Kickstarter backers for their correct chosen size.... for free.

Looks aren’t everything, but they are very important. That's why we searched within the UK to find the best specialist partners to work with on this project and why we underwent significant refinement to ensure the final design was aesthetically stunning in design, form and functionality.

PROTOTYPE 1.0

 SKETCHES TO PHYSICAL PRODUCT

First Sketches
First Sketches
Foam Models
Foam Models

JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAIN | THE LINKPRO STORY

Lots of people have fantastic ideas. Turning those ideas into reality is a very different story and a story that we wanted to tell. We made the decision to give independent filmmaker Pierre Thiebaut unrestricted access to our entrepreneurial journey to tell the full story of the evolution of the Explore 1™ – as he chose.   The three part unrestricted documentary, ‘Journey to the Mountain’, follows the start up of LinkPro from inception through to production, providing a touching insight into the trials and triumphs faced along the way to bring a business vision to reality.

EPISODE 1

EPISODE 2

EPISODE 3

                                     

Risks and challenges

As you will see from our documentary, manufacturing a physical product is an incredibly difficult process. There are a number of things that can go wrong which can lead on to affect timelines. We have taken every possible precaution to deliver the Explore1™ to backers as intended. In the interest of complete transparency, here are the key risks facing the project and how we have dealt with each one.

MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing is a long and very skilled process to get the perfect product. Selecting the correct manufacturing partner is critical to the success of a product. To this end, we have made trips to trade shows to meet potential partners face to face. We subsequently flew to China on 2 different occasions to see exactly where these products are manufactured. In total, we reviewed in the region of 30 potential partners to deliver the helmet, electronics and goggles. All of our manufacturing partners have been selected with the utmost care and due diligence.

On top of all of this, we have a team of manufacturing experts based in China who are our “feet on the ground”. They will manage tooling, production and quality control. This is a truly fantastic resource and something that is critical to the success of the Explore1™. It also saves 24 hours of travel from the UK if something needs urgent attention.

CERTIFICATION

As the Explore1™ is a safety product, it has to pass extremely strict standards that will enable use for various sports. This is a process undertaken by an independent test house, it takes one month and happens during the manufacturing process. We selected one of Britain’s best product design agencies, Curventa, to undertake the design and engineering of the Explore1™. They have built snow sports helmets before and have built the Explore1™ to comply with the very latest safety standards set out by ASTM, CPSC & EN 1077. Our manufacturing partner are experts in helmet production and will also provide consultancy during manufacturing on all 3D CAD data in order to deliver a product that is certified to the highest possible global standards.

Additionally, electronics need to pass very stringent tests. This includes FCC Certification and CE marking. Similar to the design of the helmet, we have contracted one of Britain’s best and longest established electronics engineers, Newbury Electronics, to deliver the electronics package. Again, testing happens during manufacturing and this is completed by an independent test house.

One risk to the project is that the helmet doesn’t pass testing first time. We have mitigated this risk by building in a lot of contingency to the timeline. We have effectively doubled the production timeline that our manufacturers have given us.

FULFILLMENT

We understand that actually delivering the final product can often be one of the hardest tasks in a Kickstarter project. This is a huge challenge and one we do not take lightly. To this end, we are selecting Amazon to be our logistics and distribution partner. With their expertise global distribution networks, this will give backers the comfort that their product is delivered in the quickest and safest way.

Thank you for taking the time to view our project. We can not wait to get the Explore1™ in your hands!

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    EARLY BIRD: Explore 1™ + LinkPro® Goggles

    1x LinkPro® Explore 1™ Helmet.
    Available in Blue and Gunmetal
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    Sizes: YL, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    1x set of LinkPro® Goggles
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    1x LinkPro® Explore 1™ Helmet.
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    Sizes: YL, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    ULTIMATE DEAL

    Be the first to receive 2x Explore 1™ + LinkPro® Goggles in any color combination (subject to stretch goals).

    Sizes: YL, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    As a very special thank you, you will receive one of the 5 models used in our promo videos and I will personally deliver these to you in person, anywhere in the world.

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    25 helmets - equivalent to £200 each. Delivered anywhere in the world for free.

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