About this project
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
Ride.io: Anti Fog Goggles in Mountain Biking
Locker Dome: Buy a Ski Google that Can't Fog
Direct Ski: Snow Technology Must Haves 2014/15
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
Outside Magazine: Say Goodbye to Foggy Ski Goggles
The Gear Junkie: F-BOM: 'World's First Fog-Free' Goggles
The Gear Caster: Abominable Labs F-BOM Goggles
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.
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):
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press play to see how F-BOM is put together:
3D printing allowed us to rapidly make prototypes:
KLAIR allows high tech to fit into the small space of the
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
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.
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