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Beautiful one-of-a-kind ski/hiking poles handcrafted by true mountain lovers using sustainable bamboo. Strong, Light and Unique!
Beautiful one-of-a-kind ski/hiking poles handcrafted by true mountain lovers using sustainable bamboo. Strong, Light and Unique!
50 backers pledged €4,628 to help bring this project to life.

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Poleplant - bamboo ski poles handcrafted in the French Alps

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And even our 3K stretch goal has been achieved! thank you!!
STRETCH GOAL #2 (€4,000):  if we reach 4k we shall include a free handmade bamboo keyring with all of our rewards, at all levels (you get an extra one if you had one in your reward already), and invite you all to our launch party in Tignes, with DJs, live music and free drinks!

We have now reached the first initial goal, thank you!!
STRETCH GOAL #1 (€3,000): if we reach €3,000 we will also be sourcing eco-friendly individual canvas bags for each pair of poles (possibly made with bamboo fibers?), which will be included at no extra cost with the poles pledged on here.

Hello, and thank you for visiting my Kickstarter campaign!
(Français à suivre, Italiano a seguire, Deutsch siehe unten, Español en bajo)

I am making natural bamboo ski poles (perfectly fine used as trekking poles too) in the heart of the French Alps, where nobody is making them anymore!
They are both practical and stylish, each of them being hand crafted with natural bamboo, making each piece truly unique: no two poles will ever be identical.
This Kickstarter campaign is the first and quickest way to get your hands on a pair!

After a couple of ski seasons in Japan I fell in love with bamboo and its amazing properties (strong - it is actually stronger than aluminium poles! - light, it has wood-like properties but it is renewable at thousands of times the rate of wood!!). I tested them thoroughly with intense use over hundreds of days of skiing. Backcountry, ski lessons, snow park… these poles could take it all! And along the way I made many adjustments and perfected the design to make them even cooler, stronger and more suited to all kind of skiers.

What I am doing is not entirely new: bamboo has been used as a building material in tropical regions of the world for thousands of years, and the first ski poles were indeed made of bamboo. But until recently it was almost impossible to reliably protect bamboo from insects and other organisms, so most bamboo creations got eaten to dust and eventually broke. 

Bamboo is THE fastest growing renewable source on the planet, and I source it from responsible farmers, who look after their workers very well. And no, we are not stealing from Pandas: most bamboo cultivation in China occurs in the south east province of Guangdong. Pandas live in the mountainous areas of other provinces such as Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi.

Other parts (handles and straps) have been sourced after months of strenuous trawling of the internet to find suppliers of models that were both original, cool looking, and strong. We are designing the coolest baskets ever, inspired by "shuriken" (ninja stars!). The metal tip is the result of a proprietary design, developed with engineers and CNC machinists to make Poleplant the strongest bamboo ski poles you can find on the market.

Some of the best international freeriders are already backing the project and cannot wait to ski with these ski poles. I cannot say too much for now but I will tell you Silvia Moser (overall 2nd in the 2014 Freeride World Tour) has already confirmed her Poleplant endorsement, so the poles WILL be on the FWT2015!

With your help I will improve my workshop, order the materials needed to make the first batch of Poleplant poles, and pay for someone to help me.
IF WE REACH THE GOAL - please keep pledging, as we have some great stretch goals ready!

FRANÇAIS
Bonjour tout le monde! Et merci de visiter ma campagne Kickstarter!

Au coeur des Alpes, où tristement plus personne ne fabrique de bâtons, j'ai décidé de me lancer dans l'aventure de la fabrication de bâtons de ski en bambou naturel (parfait aussi pour la randonnée). Et quel meilleur nom pour cette marque que "Poleplant" qui signifie "le planté du bâton" en anglais?! :) Ils sont à la fois pratiques et stylés, tout est fait main avec du vrai bambou naturel, ce qui fait que chaque paire de bâton est unique: jamais deux paires ne seront identiques. 

Après quelques saisons au Japon, je suis tombé amoureux du bambou et de ses propriétés (aussi plus résistant que les bâtons en aluminium). Alors j'ai décidé de me lancer, de fabriquer un prototype cool avec ce matériel très résistant et durable, puis je l'ai testé. Deux saisons, quasiment tous les jours alors que je travaillais comme moniteur ou que j'allais skier pour moi: sur les pistes, en dehors, au snow parc. Ces bâtons peuvent presque tout encaisser. Le design du prototype a été amélioré tout au long de cette expérience pour être plus résistant, plus cool et répondre aux attentes de chacun. 

Ce que je fais n'est pas vraiment une révolution. Le bambou est utilisé depuis des décennies dans les régions tropicales comme matériel de construction et les premiers bâtons de ski étaient déjà fabriqués en bambou; mais jusqu'à récemment, il était impossible de protéger réellement le bambou des insectes ou autres organismes ce qui rendait le bambou friable, fragile.

Le bambou est la source renouvelable LA plus rapide notre planète. Je me fournis chez des agriculteurs certifiés "responsables" et qui respectent le bien-être de leurs employés. Et non, nous ne volons pas la nourriture aux pandas: la majorité des cultures de bambou en Chine se situe dans le sud est de la province de Guangdong. Les pandas vivent dans les régions montagneuses de Sichuan, Gansu et Shaanxi.

Les autres parties (poignées et dragonnes) sont le résultat de recherches intenses sur le net pour trouver des fournisseurs de modèles à la fois originaux, résistants et cool (et aussi qui ne demandent pas de passer une commande de 1 millions de pièces). La partie métallique est le résultat de recherches brevetées, développées par des ingénieurs et des machinistes CNC pour faire de Poleplant les bâtons en bambou les plus résistants sur le marché.

Avec votre aide, je pourrais transformer mon petit cagibi en véritable atelier, commander le matériel nécessaire pour faire notre première série de bâtons "Poleplant". Et enfin embaucher une personne pour m'aider à aménager l'atelier et fabriquer les bâtons.
SI NOUS ATTEINDRONS L'OBJECTIF - s'il vous plaît de garder engageant, car j'ai des grands objectifs supplémentaires prêt!

ITALIANO
Ciao a tutti! Grazie per aver visitato la mia campagna Kickstarter!

Sto iniziando a fare bastoncini da sci e trekking in bambù naturale artigianali, nel cuore delle Alpi Francesi, dove stranamente nessuno li fa più da decenni. Il nome sfrutta un gioco di parole in inglese.. Poleplant!
Sono tanto pratici quanto stilosi: ogni bastoncino viene realizzato a mano con materiali naturali, e quindi non ci saranno mai due bastoncini esattamente identici!

Mentre ho vissuto in Giappone per un paio di anni mi sono innamorato del bambù e delle sue caratteristiche e qualità incredibili e quindi ho deciso di provare a creare dei bastoni da sci e testarli duramente per centinaia di giorni sulla neve mentre lavoravo come maestro. Backcountry, lezioni, snow park.. questi bastoncini sono stati indistruttibili! Ma chiaramente ho effettuato modifiche e miglioramenti per renderli ancora più unici, resistenti e adatti a qualsiasi tipo di sciatore.

Quello che sto facendo non è del tutto nuovo: da millenni il bambù viene usato come materiale edile nelle regioni tropicali del pianeta, ed i primi bastoncini da sci erano già fatti in bambù. Ma fino a recente era impossibile proteggere il bambù da organismi e insetti, ed essendo un materiale naturale veniva prima o poi attaccato e corroso.

Il bambù è il materiale naturale più velocemente rinnovabile che esista sul pianeta, e lo prendo da coltivatori responsabili, che si prendono cura dei loro lavoratori. E no, non stiamo rubando il cibo dei panda: le coltivazioni di bambù in Cina sono nella provincia di Guangdong nel sud-est. I panda vivono nelle zone montagnose di altre province come Sichuan, Gansu e Shaanxi.

Per le altre parti (manopole e laccetti) ho passato mesi a cercare strenuamente su internet fornitori che potessero avere materiali interessanti e di qualità. Per le rondelle ho sviluppato le rondelle più fighe del mondo, ispirate dagli "shuriken", le stelle ninja! Il puntale di metallo è invece un design mio personale, sviluppato con ingegneri e tornisti per rendere Poleplant i più forti bastoncini di bambù che esistano sul mercato. 

I migliori freerider internazionali hanno già dimostrato il loro interesse e non vedono l'ora di provare i nostri bastoncini. Non posso dire troppo per ora, ma vi rivelo la prima atleta pro della famiglia Poleplant: Silvia Moser, seconda al Freeride World Tour 2014! Quindi.. Poleplant al Freeride World Tour 2015!

Con il tuo aiuto potrò equipaggiare meglio il laboratorio artigianale, e renderlo più adatto alla costruzione dei bastoni Poleplant, completare gli ordini di parti e materiali per realizzare la prima partita, e pagare qualcuno per aiutarmi a ristrutturare il laboratorio e a costruire i bastoni!
SE RAGGIUNGIAMO L'OBIETTIVO - non fermatevi e continuate ad investire, che ho degli obiettivi extra pronti..

DEUTSCH
Hallo und vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch auf meiner Kickstarter-Kampagne!

Ich beginne die Produktion von Natur-Bambus-Skistöcken (bestens auch als Trekking-Stöcke geeignet) im Herzen der französischen Alpen, wo sie seltsamerweise niemand mehr herstellt! Welcher Name könnte sich dafür besser eignen als Stockpflanze oder besser Stockeinsatz, „Poleplant“ ;-) Sie sind sehr praktisch und stilvoll, jeder handgefertigt aus Natur-Bambus, das macht sie so einzigartig, niemals werden zwei Stöcke identisch sein. Die Kickstarter-Kampagne ist der erste und schnellste Weg an sie ran zu kommen. 

Nach ein paar Skisaisons in Japan verliebte ich mich in Bambus, mit all seinen erstaunlichen Eigenschaften: Stark – sie sind tatsächlich stärker als Aluminiumstöcke! Leicht – es hat holzähnliche Eigenschaften, aber es ist tausendfach erneuerbar gegenüber Holz! Ich habe sie über hunderte von Skitagen getestet, Backcountry, Skikurse, Snowparks, etc., diese Stöcke haben alles ausgehalten. Auf diesem Wege habe ich viele Anpassungen vorgenommen und das Design perfektioniert um sie noch cooler, stärker und besser geeignet für alle Skifahrer zu machen. 

Was ich mache ist nicht ganz neu, Bambus ist als Baustoff in den tropischen Regionen der Welt seit Tausenden von Jahren verwendet worden und die ersten Skistöcke waren in der Tat aus Bambus. Bis vor kurzem war es unmöglich, zuverlässig Bambus vor Insekten und anderen Organismen zu schützen, sodass die meisten Bambuspflanzen zerfressen wurden und sich zersetzt haben. 

Bambus ist DIE am schnellsten wachsende erneuerbare Energiequelle auf dem Planeten, dass weiß ich von umsichtigen und verantwortungsvollen Landwirten. Nein, wir stehlen es nicht von den Pandas, der meiste Bambus wird im Südosten, der Provinz Guangdong angebaut. Pandas leben in andere Bergregionen wie Sichuan, Gansu und Shaanxi. 

Andere Bauteile, wie Griffe, Griffschlaufen wurden nach monatelanger anstrengender Internetrecherche bei Lieferanten für die geeigneten Modelle gefunden und sind originell, sehen cool aus und sehr langlebig. Wir entwerfen die coolsten Skiteller überhaupt! Inspired by "shuriken" (ninja stars!). Die Metallspitze ist ein Ergebnis eines speziellen Designs, die mit Ingenieuren entwickelt wurde und mit Hilfe von CNC-Herstellungsmaschinen sind Poleplant zu den stärksten Bambus-Skistöcke auf dem Markt geworden.. 

Einige der besten internationalen Freerider unterstützen das Projekt und können es kaum erwarten mit diesen Skistöcken zu fahren. Ich kann nicht zu viel sagen im Moment, aber ich sage dir, dass Silvia Moser (2. der Freeride World Cup Tour 2014) ihre Poleplant Vereinbarung schon bestätigt hat, sodass die Skistöcke bereits auf der FWT 2015 dabei sein werden!

Mit Ihrer Hilfe werde ich meine Werkstatt aufbauen und die benötigten Materialien bestellen, um die erste Charge der Poleplant-Skistöcke herzustellen und für diejenigen auszahlen, die mir helfen.

WENN WIR DAS ZIEL ERREICHEN – Bitte halten Sie Ihr Versprechen, wir haben bereits einige tolle weitere Ziele!

Risks and challenges

By the time you read this most of the hard background work should be done and dusted. Suppliers should be on standby with stock ready of materials and parts, and they have all been already sampled and tested successfully, except for the new baskets which are still being produced... The production schedule is in line with delivery times stated in the rewards, but there could always be complications to slow it down and delay things a little. Other potential set-backs could be connected with international shipments being delayed, and with personal injury (I cannot really stay still too long..) getting in the way of me making your poles, although that could be fixed by getting more help on board.

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    ...PUT A RING ON IT!
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    IT WENT TO YOUR HEAD!
    You will get your choice of keyring OR sticker AND one of the first Poleplant trucker hats, super stylish and almost as cool as our ski poles. You can even use this on the beach!

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    IT WENT TO YOUR HEAD! (COLLECTION IN PERSON FROM TIGNES)
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    POLEPLANT v1.0 (EARLY BIRD)
    You will get a pair of our unique ski poles, hand crafted for you, to your specifications of colours and size (estimated RRP €79 - save €24!).
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    PP v1.0 CUSTOM (EARLY BIRD)
    You will get a pair of our unique ski poles, hand crafted for you, to your specifications of colours and size. Including custom laser engraving of your name and/or motto (est. RRP €95 - save €25!).
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    I WANT IT ALL!
    You will get a pair of our unique ski poles, hand crafted for you, to your specifications of colours and size. Including custom laser engraving of your name and/or motto. And our trucker hat. And our signature bamboo keyring. And our sticker! Something for everyone...

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    POLEPLANT TEAM!!
    With this reward you get the same treatment as our pro riders:
    You will get a pair of our custom engraved ski poles, with LIFETIME shaft replacement guarantee. You also get our trucker hat, and our "pro" sticker (cut-to-shape PVC logo) to stick to your helmet or wherever you want. We will give you a shout-out and officially welcome you to the family on our Facebook page.

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    CLUB/FAMILY PACKAGE!
    You will get 4 pairs of our unique ski poles, hand crafted for you, to your specifications of colours and sizes. A generous over-pledge might earn you the engraving on them too! :)

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    Pledge €800 or more About $913

    THE FRENCH ALPS!
    With this reward you don't just get some cool stuff, but also a memorable experience FOR TWO PEOPLE:
    - 2 days exploring the best backcountry Tignes has to offer OR 2 days of ski tuition with Poleplant founder Gabriele Nicotra
    - use of the SPA/Wellness centre or the Ice Rink on the frozen lake!
    - you get to be involved in (or simply watch) making your own custom ski poles in our Tignes workshop, where all the magic happens!
    - 1 night in shared 3* accommodation (advance booking needed - supplement payable for peak times such as festivities and school holidays)

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