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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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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