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Templar Skis are novel carbon fiber skis designed to let you charge fearlessly down a mountain.
Templar Skis are novel carbon fiber skis designed to let you charge fearlessly down a mountain.
89 backers pledged CA$ 31,620 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story Behind Templar Skis

The campaign to design and develop our skis started in the Canadian Rockies almost 2 years ago – We all love to ski and all of us at one point have been let down by our equipment. Some of our skis are too heavy to drag around even in very short hikes within resorts, our back-country gear gets demolished on groomed runs, and most of our skis flatten by the end of the season.

So why could we not design something better? We set out on a journey to study and build skis we would fall in love with – and now we want to share them with the world!

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The Product:

We come from the medical field where we have been building and designing medical devices for over 10 years. As a result we took the same approach to study and design our skis as we do building medical devices.

The Ski Design:

Following months of research and testing we came up with a novel CNC machined core design that incorporates 3 woods ( Bamboo , Poplar and Paulownia ) - we built a finite element model and rigorously tested each combination to come up with a unique core concept. We then optimized it for more torsional rigidity and fine tuned its behavior in a carbon semi cap design. We chose carbon, as its flex properties out-perform conventional fiberglass and Kevlar designs. We also designed a bracing system that lets us tweak the manufacturing process and the carbon sheet properties to optimize ski flex. What you will notice is that our skis have beefy cores greatly improving performance and at the same time they are surprisingly light. All together this new technology has proven incredibly versatile and will allow skiers to get the most out of their skis.

Some of our tests providing vital insights into how each component behaves in a ski.
Some of our tests providing vital insights into how each component behaves in a ski.

The Design: 

We started with doodles on paper, then we deigned 3D CAD prototypes, and built them. Once built they underwent testing in a lab and in snow! And then repeated the process all over! .... 5 times! Here is a little picture showing some of our design evolution from top sheets to cores and shapes - they just keep getting better!

Testing our new ski technology was pivotal in the design stages. As a result of our extensive lab and on snow testing, alteration were made to the core, carbon fiber thickness, carbon fiber resin, layup process and top sheets!,
Testing our new ski technology was pivotal in the design stages. As a result of our extensive lab and on snow testing, alteration were made to the core, carbon fiber thickness, carbon fiber resin, layup process and top sheets!,

Our top-sheet graphics:

We are tired of seeing dark and washed out colors on skis! So we set out to make sure that what we design will look stunning in snow! We chose a palette of colors by testing each of our designs in snow, on sunny days and overcast days. 

Not all colors are created equal!
Not all colors are created equal!

People thought we were mad by dropping beautiful prints in snow and tweaking every color. But I think you will agree with us that the results are stunning!

The Duchess:

This is a super versatile ski 90 mm underfoot. It has a rockered design and will blow you away with the how easy it is to turn and enjoy all types of terrain from resort to off piste!
This is a super versatile ski 90 mm underfoot. It has a rockered design and will blow you away with the how easy it is to turn and enjoy all types of terrain from resort to off piste!
 
Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.6 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 5.5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail is stiffer with a low profile rocker on the tip - spline edge design = so more edge engages on the turn tip to tail with a rocker)
Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.6 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 5.5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail is stiffer with a low profile rocker on the tip - spline edge design = so more edge engages on the turn tip to tail with a rocker)

The Noble:

This is a super versatile ski 90 mm underfoot. It has a rockered design and will blow you away with the how easy it is to turn and enjoy all types of terrain

sizes available: 165cm, 175cm, 185cm

Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.7 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 4.5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail is stiffer with a low profile rocker on the tip - spline edge design = so more edge engages on the turn tip to tail with a rocker)
Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.7 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 4.5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail is stiffer with a low profile rocker on the tip - spline edge design = so more edge engages on the turn tip to tail with a rocker)

The Knight:

 

This is our 100 mm underfoot big mountain ski with a traditional camber. Designed for the more technical skiers that choose stability in their big mountain skis – The tail is also engineered in such a way as to let you take some seriously nice drops.

sizes available: 175cm, 185cm

Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.9 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 3.25 cm at 175KN Load . [ this is the stiffest ski we made but with a softer tail. It has a  conventional camber]
Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.9 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 3.25 cm at 175KN Load . [ this is the stiffest ski we made but with a softer tail. It has a conventional camber]

The Petard:

This is our 120 mm underfoot ski that is designed to bomb down a mountain. This ski is for someone who likes to do big turns and go real fast in powder.

sizes available: 185cm

Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.7 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail and tip similar stiffness with a low profile rocker on the tip and tail but conventional camber underfoot ]
Designed with a torsional stiffness of 1.7 Nm per degree, centerpoint deflection of 5 cm at 175KN Load [ tail and tip similar stiffness with a low profile rocker on the tip and tail but conventional camber underfoot ]

Manufacturing:

This is where we need your support! we have the designs ready and our processes established. We also teamed up with an incredible ski manufacturer to bring these skis to life! We need a last little push to get mass manufacturing in order. We have sourced all our materials from all over the world -  Bases from Austria, resins from Australia, North America and China, woods for our cores from North America and China. To date we have produced prototypes with our manufacturing partner and now we are ready to go big! We need to finish a bit of testing to make sure the process is very repeatable - And Finally set the wheels in motion for mass manufacture. 

Project Timeline:

Our Guarantee:

1 year of worry-free riding!
1 year of worry-free riding!

We are incredibly confident in our skis and so we will offer all our Kickstarter supporters a guarantee that if our skis fail during the first year you ride them we will send you another pair free. All we will ask of you is a short video telling us what happened, pictures of the skis and have you send them back to us to be analyzed. We are determined to produce an incredible jaw-dropping product that not only skis great but is built to last.

The Shirts:

We have had quite a few questions and requests about the shirts : there will be two,  men's and women's

Men's will look like this: 

Partners:

We want to thank Dynamic Sports Media  for working with us to bring DEMO DAYS when we get some snow! - stay tuned

Risks and challenges

We are extremely proud of and confident in this project. We have spent quite some time in developing our skis and currently have a number of our prototypes on hand. We also have a clear production plan in place. However there are still some risks and challenges ahead. Our greatest challenge will be the ability for us to deliver before the Christmas Holidays. We would really want to make the skis available before December 2013 as we know skis are simply the best gift anyone can receive.
Custom ski pledges will require much more patience as well as the process for us to design and build a ski specifically for you will take much more time and effort.
Locating the ideal binding position is something every ski manufacturer struggles with. We believe we have a good grasp and we will be providing a “suggested location” as we employed the help of experts but being an early adopter you may need to play with it.
If you help Kickstart Templar Skis we will work tirelessly to provide you with an amazing product. And show how confident we are in our technology – we came up with the legendary guarantee. If you break our skis while riding the first season – we will send you a new pair, and if we can't we will send you your money back.

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    Bannerman!
    For your valued contribution you will receive an envelope with vinyl stickers that you will be able to display proudly.

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    Tailor!
    For you generous contribution we will ship you a fantastic Templar short sleeve t-shirt (your size to be chosen at the end of the campaign.

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    EarlyBird! Help us get started! For an incredibly low price you will get any ski you like (sizes and models to be chosen following the end of the campaign) This will include shipping.

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    The Last Stand! Just like the Early Bird deal - we include this deal to correspond with our late release of the Duchess!

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    Pledge CA$ 575 or more About $562

    Noble!
    With this pledge you truly are noble and you will receive a pair of Noble Templar Skis our most versatile 90 mm underfoot rockered ski. We estimate you will be saving more than $200. (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign)

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    The Duchess! With this pledge you are ski nobility and you will receive a pair of Duchess Templar Skis our most versatile 90 mm underfoot rockered women ski. It is based on the noble but entirely recalibrated for a female rider. We estimate you will be saving more than $200. (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign)

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    Knight!
    Not for the faint of heart! With this pledge you will receive our Knight Ski this is a 100 mm underfoot ski that will let you ski very aggressively in varied terrain. We estimate you will be saving more than $250. (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign)

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    Pledge CA$ 625 or more About $611

    Fire-starter!
    With this pledge we will bring you 120 mm underfoot skis that are specifically designed to do very big mountain turns in deep, deep powder. You will truly bomb down those runs. We estimate you will be saving more than $300. (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign)

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $978

    The Sir Hudec Pledge! For those that think 1 is not enough and 3 is too much! This is our second limited Early Bird offer is set up for skiers that wish to get 2 pairs of skis (any model - sizes and models to be chosen following the end of the campaign) - it will include shipping

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    Pledge CA$ 1,600 or more About $1,564

    Lord!
    With this pledge you will get our full quiver of skis that is one Petard, Knight and Noble. These skis will not only be there for you to plunder mountains with but they will also adorn your den as works of art (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign)

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    Pledge CA$ 2,800 or more About $2,737

    Fanatic!
    With this pledge you show your true devotion to the cause. We will thank you by designing a pair of skis just for you!. These skis will be custom made (based on one of our models). We will work with you to design a ski specifically made for your needs. It will include a unique top sheet graphic using our color process and style to provide you with a incredible pair of skis. Your name and design will be immortalized on your skis and our website (sizes to be chosen following the end of the campaign) what are you waiting for? commission your own piece of skiable art!

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