Wooden powder snowboards handcrafted in Vermont. Upping the ante with a new recycled P-tex base. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 23, 2012.
About this project
Our project is to build 25 handmade, wooden snowboards with a recycled plastic base, something that's never been done in the snowboard world.
I started building PowderJets in 2009 because I couldn't find the board I wanted in the mayhem of the current snowboard industry. I wanted a classic powder surfer that would float me through open powder fields, and turn tightly enough to manage the squirrely trees here in Vermont. It needed a concave tail that would make quick turns even quicker, and have a loose, surfy feel out in the open. It also needed bindings, needed to be light, and it needed to be built as ecologically-minded as possible. The board I was looking for wasn’t being built, so PowderJet Snowboards was spawned.
Snowboarding has evolved a lot in the last 30 years, and I wanted to tap into that progression. I took what snowboarders have learned about riding styles, camber, sidecut and flex in the past three decades, and brought it into the wood shop. The result is the simplest, most efficient, highest performance wooden powder board ever...the PowderJet.
"...like riding a skateboard with loose trucks through the woods, as fast as possible, with no speed wobbles."
Of course the board needs to perform, and it also needs to leave less of an impact on the planet. So I build PowderJets in the cleanest way I can. I use US grown FSC certified maple and poplar, which I laminate together with a super clean bio resin from Entropy Resin. The whole thing is cooked in an industrial press that I designed here in my work shop. The boards are then hand sanded, then finished with a Vermont made, whey based polyurethane developed at UVM. It's got a rocker profile for speed and float, deep sidecut with a tight radius for quick turns, and a set back stance location for stability and nose float. With it's long nose and notch tail, the PowderJet has more actual running length than most boards that are 10, even 15cm longer! We only make about 150 boards a year, and it's all done here in Vermont, by people who take powder days off. No made in China. No toxic soup.
Logically, the board has taken another step forward in it's evolution. To allow snowboarders to ride on groomed trails at resorts, I tested out a board last winter that had a recycled UHMW plastic base. The prototype got incredible responses, from Mt. Baker to Jay Peak. With a recycled plastic base, the PowderJet can carve up the backcountry and also join you on your next weekend trip to the groomers. It can multitask.
This is why I'm approaching Kickstarter: I would like to produce a run of 25 of these new models this winter. I have the R&D done. I have the experience to build them. I have all of the machinery required. The Kickstarter campaign will pay for the new molds and materials I need to make the new boards. If the campaign is funded, the boards will be out there this winter. If you want, you can be riding one of them.
Do more with less.
Risks and challenges
All new endeavors pose potential risks, but with the PowderJet P-tex project, the risks are minimal. I already produce a PowderJet snowboard, so my machinery and production are solid and in place in my current shop. You won't be assuming any risk here because I guarantee that I can build a righteous snowboard - I've been doing it for four years now. Last winter I tinkered and tested boards with a P-tex base, and I promise you, they work; in fact, they work really well. I'm not coming to you with a half baked scheme - we're WAY past back of the napkin stage. You won't be paying for my mistakes or R&D. You will simply be funding the evolution of an already great product. We've even limited the number of boards to 25 to make sure that I can get them out to you before the winter is over. I really think we've thought this through, and if you choose to back us, you can be sure you're going to get a great reward in return. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Receive our thanks and three beautiful PowderJet stickers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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10 logo stickers are in the mail to you. Tag responsibly. Plus, to show our thanks, we'll send you a hand signed wooden postcard made from maple shop scraps.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Get in on a limited edition PowderJet trucker cap. Plus, to show our thanks, we'll send you a hand signed wooden postcard made from maple shop scraps.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You will receive our classic US made PowderJet logo t-shirt...wear it in good health! We'll also include a hand signed wooden postcard made from our own maple shop scraps. Thanks!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Receive our toasty warm PowderJet hoodie, black with yellow logo on the chest. We'll also throw in a hand signed wooden postcard made from our own maple shop scraps.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THIS is the jam! We'll send you BOTH the US made PowderJet t-shirt AND the logo hoodie and 3 stickers. Come on! We'll also include a hand signed wooden postcard made from our own maple shop scraps.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
A signed, limited edition b&w print of the winter trees here in Vermont by PowderJet partner and photographer, Shem Roose.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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2 backers Limited (38 left of 40)
Own a personalized, classic model PowderJet Gypsy - all wood, no edges, factory waxed and ready for your secret powder stash. I will hand build this board for you here in Vermont, and it will be signed and numbered. Personalize the deck with your own short message, which I'll write on the base! Plus, you get a mellow PowderJet t-shirt. US shipping is included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $650 or more
5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)
This is the big one. Own one of the new model PowderJets with a recycled P-tex base and stainless steel edges. This will be a limited edition board, hand signed and numbered. Only 25 will be made all season. US shipping is included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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