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Abominable Labs is proud to introduce F-BOM: the first snow goggle with active anti-fog technology. One button. Zero fog. All day.
Abominable Labs is proud to introduce F-BOM: the first snow goggle with active anti-fog technology. One button. Zero fog. All day.
148 backers pledged $59,338 to help bring this project to life.

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No smeared lenses, no fans, no moving parts. The F-BOM is super easy and 100% reliable. Just turn it on, drop in and say goodbye to fog forever.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Yahoo News: Ski Season 2015: The Quest For Fog Free Goggles has a New Player

MPORA:  Will These Battery-Powered Goggles Revolutionise Skiing?

Ride.io: Anti Fog Goggles in Mountain Biking

Super Compressor:  http://www.supercompressor.com/tech/f-bom-instagate-oivo-the-best-kickstarter-projects-during-week-ending-september-12-2014

Locker Dome: Buy a Ski Google that Can't Fog

Daily Newsen: New on Kickstarter: Ski goggles that defog themselves, from Lake Oswego's Abom

Rakunew: It's a Snow Goggle with Active Anti-Fog Technology

Skeiur: Abominable Labs launches Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a Revolutionary Anti-Fog Goggle

Element.ly: Abominable Labs is Currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to fund the F-BOM, a Goggle that always eliminates fog.

Direct Ski: Snow Technology Must Haves 2014/15

WANT: No more fogged goggles with the F-BOM from Abom

Freeride: Are misty Goggles a distant memory?

Out Door Gear Daily: F-BOM: 'World's First Fog-Free' Goggles

Freeskier Magazine: Abominable Labs launches Kickstarter campaign for new F-BOM anti-fog ski goggles

Cool Wearables: F-BOM Snow Goggles with Anti-Fog Technology

Gear Hungry: F-BOM Anti-Fog Goggles

The Oregonian: New on Kickstarter: Ski goggles that defog themselves, from Lake Oswego's Abom  

Outside Magazine: Say Goodbye to Foggy Ski Goggles  

The Gear Junkie: F-BOM: 'World's First Fog-Free' Goggles  

Gizmodo: An Impossibly Thin Heating Element Stops These Goggles From Fogging Up  

The Gear Caster: Abominable Labs F-BOM Goggles  

DamnGeeky: F-Bom, first active anti-fog goggles make skiing safer

PROBLEM

No matter how many gimmicks like heads up displays and cameras you add to a goggle, there’s no changing the fact that if you can’t see, you can’t ski. Fog in your goggles can ruin your run or even your whole day on the mountain. Abominable founder Dave McCulloch was tired of letting a little bit of moisture have any say over his sessions. He had tried every goggle claiming an “anti-fog” technology–from hydrophobic coatings to electric fans. None of them worked well enough so he set out to solve the problem.

To inventor Jack Cornelius, the answer was clear from the start: get some heat in there, but the trick was how.

Read on to see how our game-changing goggle was born and hit the green Back This Project button to be the first to go fog free.

SOLUTION 

Once we  decided on the Zeiss lens, this was the sketch that would become the the F-BOM goggle.
Once we decided on the Zeiss lens, this was the sketch that would become the the F-BOM goggle.

HOW IT WORKS

The F-BOM is powered by Abominable’s patented KLAIR™ technology. It works like the rear window in your car–but it’s invisible and totally silent. A thin-film transparent heater is placed in between the two-part lens and is powered by a small lithium-ion battery. The heater works to keep the temperature just a bit higher than dew point, which keeps fog away.

Here's a video that shows the F-BOM  eliminating fog in our test chamber ( you'll want to turn up your computer's audio for the narration):

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F-BOM ANATOMY

FOG HAPPENS

You get fog in your goggles when vapor in the air turns to water faster than it can evaporate. Once you can’t see, your session is struggling.

GET THAT OUT OF HERE

To stop fog, F-BOM sends a current through the lens to heat it up just above dew point. You don’t have to do anything extra, just turn it on and F-BOM does its thing to keep fog away all day.

TWO MODES: ACTIVE AND BOOST

ACTIVE MODE: Always on to eliminate fog all day. It’s easy, just a long press on and long press off. If you face plant or find yourself super sweaty, quick tap the button again for a power burst. That kicks KLAIR up a notch and in a few minutes any extra fog is gone.

BOOST MODE: On demand to eliminate fog when you need it and save battery. Quick tap the button for about ten minutes of fog-fighting power. F-BOM turns off automatically after the fog is gone. Use it when you need it.

LOOK SHARP, SEE IT ALL, CHARGE HARD

F-BOM pulls off two important things: it looks cool and it packs a ton of technology into a normal-sized goggle. We did this by shrinking the electronics as much as possible and then using the extra space to hide energy-dense rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Everything is weatherproofed and short-circuit protected. It keeps you seeing the way you should.

When it’s time to charge up F-BOM, all you have to do is plug it into the included micro USB cable and charger. Yeah, easy.

F-BOM OPTICS

F-BOM uses a stunning infinity lens system. The toric-shaped lens give you the most clarity with zero distortions. The F-BOM lens is molded from polycarbonate, has a scratch resistant coating and blocks 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays to protect your eyes. Best of all, our lens is created by ZEISS and has the same world famous lens quality and clarity that is in your camera.

The toric lens blanks are molded, and then cut into the F-BOM shape.

WE GO FROM THIS:

TO THIS:

F-BOM gives you a wide, clear and fog-free field of vision so you can see it all on the mountain.

It’s easy to change lenses on F-BOM. Flex the frame, pop out the lens and swap in another. You’re done in less than a minute.

 SPECIFICATIONS

BACK US

We are excited about F-BOM, and we hope you are too. Time spent ripping it up on the mountain is time well spent, so let’s not let one more run get wrecked by goggle fog.

We need your help to make F-BOM a reality. Tooling and manufacturing are expensive, and we can’t do it on our own.

You come out ahead too. We are offering F-BOM Kickstarter backers the chance to get it early at a price lower than it will sell at retail. Plus you’ll get some awesome extra rewards.

REWARDS

Show off your ABOM affiliation and let everyone know you’re all in on going fog-free.

Keep your F-BOM lenses and your touch screen devices shining like new with our ABOM microfiber cleaning cloth. 

Look sharp and keep your head warm in an ABOM beanie.

F-BOM goggles will come with the X-Ray Grey lens, but you might want something different. At a $75 pledge, choose one of our other options:

Lumen Yellow: See more at night and in serious weather.

Resolution Red: Boost your vision when it’s overcast and cloudy.

Eclipse Black: Block it out on the brightest days.

Pick your goggle colorway, back F-BOM and be the first to go fog free.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

We’ve already done the research and leg work to get things ready. Manufacturers around the world are waiting for our word to get things started, and once the Kickstarter is funded, F-BOM will go into production right away.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

 DESIGN PROCESS

Dave in a turn pre F-BOM.
Dave in a turn pre F-BOM.

Abominable Labs and F-BOM started with Dave McCulloch. He was tired of fogged goggles and wanted to work with his friends to find the solution. Those friends are Jack Cornelius, an engineer and inventor, and Howard Russell, an IP attorney.

We put our heads together and created an early prototype. The tech worked. F-BOM could be real.    

Jack puts tech to goggle.
Jack puts tech to goggle.

After our proof of concept, we brought in FUSE, an industrial design and product development firm in Portland. FUSE was followed by Vince O'Malley, who joined to became Abom’s tech expert. And together we all created what we now call the Frankenstein prototype. It was functional and self-contained, and it let us test the F-BOM concept on the mountain.

Howard puts Frankenstein to work.
Howard puts Frankenstein to work.

Frankenstein was effective but it was ugly. We got to work on making the components smaller and the frame much, much nicer to look at.

Early F-BOM sketches.
Early F-BOM sketches.

We sketched and designed more prototypes. F-BOM was coming together but it took a lot of tweaking and hard work. We made countless 3D prints, spent hundreds of hours modeling in CAD and went back to the whiteboard more times than we want to remember. Nothing short of perfect function and a clean self evident design was going to cut it.

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 3D printing allowed us to rapidly make prototypes:

 KLAIR allows high tech to fit into the small space of the
goggle frame:

This is the right side pod assembly that houses the main PCB, the switch and one of the Lithium Ion cells.
This is the right side pod assembly that houses the main PCB, the switch and one of the Lithium Ion cells.
CREDITS

We’ve had a lot of help along the way. Thank you to our families for putting up with the long hours and to our partners who have helped us come
this far.


FUSE - Industrial Design / Engineering 
 designPORT - Mechanical Engineering
 NEMO - Branding / Communication
 Backbone Media - Public Relations

Most importantly, thank you. No matter how much work we put into it, we can’t make F-BOM happen without you. Thank you for helping us go fog free forever.

THANK YOU FROM ABOMINABLE

Risks and challenges

We have made every effort to make it so there is as little risk as possible when you back F-BOM.

We have tested everything extensively. We know F-BOM works like we say it does.

We’re working with manufacturers who have a long history of success and we will regularly have design reviews with them to ensure that the product is up to our expectation of quality.

Our partners have decades and decades of experience doing this kind of thing.

Delays can happen in production, and we are willing to delay if it is the right thing to do to ensure a better product, but we don’t anticipate delays or major problems.

We’re extremely confident in our process, and we think this is a low-risk project for you to back.

Klair, Abominable, Abom, F-BOM, Abominable Labs and the Abominable "A" are trademarks of Abominable Labs, LLC.

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    I HEART F-BOM:
    Every dollar counts and we appreciate your support. You'll be part of a project generated by skiers and snowboarders that love to design products that solve real problems. You'll receive email updates of F-BOM's progress, a big thank you and virtual hugs from the entire F-BOM team. You'll be so emotionally touched you'll fog up your glasses (if you wear glasses).
    Who knows, you may end up increasing your pledge just to experience that unfogging magic first hand. Seriously, thank you!

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    Abominable Stickers:
    For your $15 you can show off your Abom affiliation and let everyone know you’re all in on going fog-free with three high quality Abominable stickers. Shipping within the USA is included. Please add $10 to your pledge for international shipping.

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    Abominable Microfiber Cleaning Cloth:
    Keep your F-BOM lenses shining like new with our super classy ABOM microfiber cleaning cloth. Plus, you'll also get the big Heated "A" logo sticker. Shipping within the USA is included. Please add $10 to your pledge for international shipping.

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    Abominable Beanie:
    Look sharp and keep your head warm in an Abom beanie. Available in three colors:
    Cold Soar Blue with White Heated "A" logo, Corn White with Blue Heated "A" logo and Chair Lift Bushing Black with a white logo. Shipping within the USA is included. Please add $10 to your pledge for international shipping.

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    The F-BOM Replacement Lens:
    F-BOM goggles will come with the X-Ray Grey lens, but you might want something different. At a $75 pledge, choose one of our other options:

    Lumen Yellow: See more at night and in serious weather.

    Resolution Red: Boost your vision when it’s overcast and cloudy.

    Eclipse Black: Block it out on the brightest days.

    All of these lenses feature Abominable's patented KLAIR Technology so you'll be fog free all day. Shipping within the USA is included. Please add $15 to your pledge for international shipping.

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    Early Riser F-BOM Goggle: Bonus for being first. Choose the F-BOM in Cyanotic or Snowcano for only $195, down from the full retail of $249. You will also get the power kit and the sticker pack. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $15 for international shipping.

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    Weekend Warrior F-BOM Goggle: Choose the F-BOM in Cyanotic or Snowcano for $225, down from the full retail price of $249. You’ll also get the power kit and the sticker pack. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $15 for international shipping.

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    F-BOM Pro: Choose the F-BOM in Afterburner or Blutane for $245, down from the retail price of $265. You’ll also get the power kit and the sticker pack. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $15 for international shipping.

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    Full-on F-BOM: Choose the F-BOM in WhiteOut or Stealth for $250, down from the full retail price of $265. You’ll also get the power kit and the sticker pack. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $15 for international shipping.

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    Ultimate F-BOM: For $375, choose any F-BOM colorway and get each of the additional tinted lenses to see it all in every condition. You save a hundred dollars off the $475 retail price of this package and you’ll also get the power kit and the sticker pack. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $15 for international shipping..

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    F-BOM Family Pack: At $800, you get four F-BOM goggles in any combination of colorways for $200 each, down from the $249-$265 retail price. Plus you get four power packs and four sticker packs. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $50 for international shipping.

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    F-BOM Decimate Pack: Go all out at $1,500 and get ten F-BOM goggles in any combination of colorways. That’s $150 for each F-BOM, down from the retail price of $249-$265. And you get ten power packs and ten sticker packs. Shipping within the USA is free. Please add $75 for international shipping.

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    CMH Canadian Heli-Ski Fog-Free: Join our Founders for an exhilarating 7-day Heli-Skiing trip like no other and be the first to ski fog-free in the spectacular Canadian wilderness. The CMH team will give you all access to vast expanses of endless champagne powder, old growth forests with perfectly spaced trees and snow untouched by wind and sun. Each ascent in the helicopter delivers breathtaking views of legendary terrain where you and a lucky few will soon make your mark. Package includes an Ultimate F-BOM Goggle Pack and use of Abominable Labs F-BOM goggles during the Heli-Ski trip.

    Ground transportation to and from the event not included – everything else is included. Dates to be arranged for February 2015 or March 2015.

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