About this project
Whether your adventure is a basecamp at Denali or your driveway, you need the right tool. Never has there been such a thoughtfully designed shovel that is built to last and as cleverly designed.
Last year on Kickstarter, we introduced the world to The Stealth Shovel, a pro-quality, packable converting to full-sized, all-terrain multi-tool for shoveling, raking, and biting through hard surfaces like ice and hard-pack snow. We got a lot of feedback on the Stealth Shovel. We won the 2016 ISPO Brand New Hardware Award. We had happy Kickstarter backers and customers. People loved that it was indestructible. People loved the aggressive, portable design. But, they said, we need something bigger. Badder. For when it pukes snow or you have to move a whole lotta dirt.
Now we’re proud to present to the world the next member of the DMOS family.
Hardware store shovels and rakes come in steel, plastic, and aluminum and most people have a whole quiver of them for different applications. DMOS's design approach is to build an all-terrain, all-season shovel multi-tool. The first of its kind that is a shovel for snow and dirt, a combination rake/hoe, and, with teeth, a shovel that requires less leverage and force to penetrate hard pack dirt and snow. We make tools that are portable, with shafts that are indestructible, with blades that don't bend or break. We've built a shovel multi-tool that, if you were only going to buy one, and pass it down for a generation, you'd pick this one. It's bomber. Superior performance.
This Is The Last Shovel You'll Ever Need.
Traditional shovels don’t provide enough leverage, ergonomics, and few are durable enough to last more than one season. The handles break, the plastic cracks, or the metal bends and curls. Metal shovels have small heads and are heavy, meaning they take forever to clear a path or parking space. Plastic shovels have bigger and lighter heads but are way less durable, so you have to be gentle while using them so they don't break.
The Alpha Shovel is the ultimate all-terrain multi-shovel tool for all the adventurers, handymen, and just about everyone out there. Merging quality craftsmanship with globally inspired design, we’re bringing you the snow shoveling solution you've been looking for.
A new class of shovel is here. We’ve put the Alpha Shovel through the most grueling of tests in the most dire of situations. We promise that these shovels will stand the test of time and live up to the hype.
Support us. We need your help to get us going: to fund production, and continue research and development to make even more tools tailored to the needs of people like you.
DMOS is a group of talented engineers, designers, creative people and athletes including: Travis Rice, Tim Durtschi, Andrew Burns, Blaine Gallivan, Andy Messner, Zeppelin Zeerip, Amy David, Cam Fitzpatrick, Al Pal, Jacob Levine, James Fleege, Aaron Blunck, James Buehler, Jack Wiley, Evan Erickson, Mike Gray, Jack Harris, John Kutcher, Garrett Russell, Chris Cressy, Rob Lapier, Aidan Ulrich, Jack Hessler, Marcus Smith, Chris Rasman, Bode Merrill, Pat Branch, Cody Hunt and many more. Thank you all.
We have also had significant help from Galen Knowles and Phil Hessler, other professional advisors and friends: Leslie Norris and the entire Springboard 5 team, Noah Clark, Bruce Crain, Shaun Andrikopolus, the Silicon Couloir Board and Trustees, Connor Field, and Kristie Eggebroten.
Many many thanks to all our backers, customers, partners, retailers/distributors, advisors, friends, and families. A key shout out to our families who support our long work hours and share our tireless dedication to the journey called "DMOS." Thank you for believing in us and for tolerating our lopsided work life balance to bring to life our dream to make the best damn shovels in color... ever!
Giveaway winner announced!
Congrats to Keith Casey. You won a free Alpha Shovel!
Risks and challenges
This is DMOS's 2nd Kickstarter project. However, our team brings heft so we can punch above our weight class. We have already gone through several prototypes from our factory and have modified tooling where we needed to fine tune production. We have an outstanding factory that has 25 years of related experience, a global supply chain that also brings related experience, and we've placed orders already (sourcing the raw materials now) in advance of our Kickstarter campaign to ensure delivery of a large quantity of orders by June 2017.
We want our customer to be happy with their purchase and proud to support our company and we promise to be fully transparent about when your order will be shipped from the factory.
If all goes well during our funding campaign, we'll finish up with a giant heap of pre-orders for our Alpha Shovel. Of course, we're trying our hardest to predict our future demand and to plan accordingly by ordering raw materials now before we even launch Kickstarter, but it's far from an exact science. There's no way to know for sure how many units we will sell and we are prepared to scale but production may take an additional 30-90 days.
Supply Chain Risk
We are using an experienced supply chain with an experienced factory and fulfillment partner. However, there is a risk that a container shipment could be delayed for 2 weeks in customs or a batch of new parts doesn't pass QA testing, or our fulfillment schedule—even if padded—can start to slip.
Acts of God
We're based in Jackson Hole. That means the supervolcano under Yellowstone could blow or we could have a massive snow storm and no FedEx trucks could get in or out and that would find a lot of desks vacant building jumps up Teton Pass.
Whatever happens, we'll get through it together. We promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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