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AU$ 3,673
pledged of AU$ 42,500pledged of AU$ 42,500 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 30 2019 7:10 AM UTC +00:00

About



Introducing the new Snöape vest

Rethink the conventional, and contemplate the idea of a vest. A bag throws off your centre of gravity, drags you down when landing, pushes you off the chairlift and catches on branches or ropes. A vest is the solution to these issues whilst offering you more functionality and protection. This is a great solution for being on-piste or even being in the side country!

This doesn’t mean that you must leave the bag at home, as the two can be comfortably be worn together.


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State of Mind

When engaging in action sports you may find yourself in a flow state, also referred to as the zone. The flow state is understood by many top athletes, where it seems like your subconscious has taken over and everything feels like a state of relaxed high performance.

Having everything so easily accessible to you is the beauty of a vest, because you are not breaking this zone the same way you would be by removing a backpack. The rapid temperature exchange, the time taken to search for something and many other factors play part in this loss of flow. 





Gravity & Mobility

Bags sit on the back throwing off your centre of gravity, pulling you backwards. 

A vest helps maintain your centre of gravity by hugging your chest and back, distributing the weight evenly around the torso. 

Sitting up high on the chest helps keep restricted mobility to a minimum by allowing you to bend freely at the waist.





Low Profile Back

Low profile back to reduce the chance of being snagged whilst ducking a tree or a rope.





Safety & Comfort

The vest is low profile, therefore promoting an ergonomically seated position on chairlifts. Being able to sit back into the chair, you are no longer pushed to the edge, made to sit sideways or having to remove your bag in hopes of not dropping anything with your hands full. 





Extra Safety

Sometimes trees appear from nowhere and when you are bombing down a hill you may hit one or two… or so I’ve been told. The vest has padding embedded into the walls which gives a great amount of cushioning and added protection.





Hydration

We tend to not drink as much water as we should if it is not easily accessible. The vest is designed to have a hydration bladder feed from the back to the front through a sleeve and loop system. This is designed in a way to ensure you do not get tangled up.





Customise It

The molle webbing loops allow you to customise pouches/pockets and their positions. Everyone has different requirements, so why have the same set-up as everybody else. Change it to suit your needs. The webbing system fits most military pouches found at your local quartermaster/camping store. Add extra straps to hold probes or shovels.





What sets this apart from a military vest?

Vests and chest-rigs differ from one another and offer alternatives for various tasks they help you achieve. The Snöape vest has been adapted for snow sports and designed to be as comfortable and easy to use as possible. 

Snöape puts the backer/customer over profits and therefore you will see a definitive impact to your wallet. 










Product Information

Material 

500 Denier Nylon

Military grade material, strong, durable and highly abrasive resistant

Overall Dimension 

Height: 54 cm / 21.25 in 

Width: 48 cm / 18.9 in

Depth: 5 cm / 2 in

Depth with pouches: 7 cm / 2.8 in

Weight

With pouches: 0.683 kg / 1.5 lbs

Without pouches: 1.215 kg / 2.68 lbs

Size

Fits most adults size Small to XX-Large

Water Resistant

Yes. Will not retain moisture or ice in snowy conditions

Hydration Bladder

2 L / 0.5 gal





Other Rewards

Organic Cotton Beanie / Tuke

We lose 7 - 10% of our body heat through our head, so keep it warm with Snöape's comfy organic cotton beanie. Choice of 3 different colours (white, coffee and black with a white interior).



First Aid Kit

If the time comes when you or a mate gets injured, the first aid kit will help sustain a life.



Recycled Plastic Whistle

Recycled plastic whistle that clips on to molle webbing. Whistles are vital when smashing through the trees in Whistler or the like. 



Aluminium Blanket

An aluminium blanket is one of the most important things to carry with you when you are playing in the mountains. Our aluminium blanket is adult sized and fits easily into your pocket.



Hydration Bladder

The hydration bladder is made to stretch and flex. If you happen to land on your back, the bladder will absorb some impact whilst stretching, thereby preventing leakage and bursting. 

Choose between a 2 or 3 litre bladder. 2 litre hydration bladders fit better, but we know some of you are a little thirstier than others.






Stretch Goals






Timeline




Please note: Although these dates are very specific, they may change slightly depending on issues that may arise. 




Who is Snöape?

During my time in the military, I realised that I was a constructively discontent person. I started creating solutions to small annoyances that I faced and the issued webbing was one of those very things. I started customising my chest-rig/vest to function more efficiently and to sit comfortably in all scenarios.

Later in life, I recognised product development combined with my love of snowboarding is where my future lies. After completing a Bachelor of Product Design at Griffith University, I created a business the only way I know how; with my dog, my partner and a few close friends that help from time to time. I have a firm belief in preserving the environment without compromising in quality of design, which is why the materials we use and the effects they have on the planet are more important than making a profit.

Without money, no business can run, but there should be no trade-offs between quality, sustainability and the cost. We believe in a fair price, which is why this vest offers more functionality than other brands but remains cheaper, because we want everyone to enjoy a fun and safe run on the mountain.

Snöape is about creating solutions in a sustainable manner, and as the founder I pledge to continue this for every product I create. It is important that people support our brand and this product with the same intentions, besides a shared love of snow sports. Comfortable design with intelligent solutions that does not cost the earth is our goal and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Environmentally Sustainable Awareness


Long-lasting Design

In the future, when we implement the avalanche backing, it will replace the back part of the vest whilst allowing you to use your current front parts. Therefore, the vest adapts to humankind’s innate need for change and newness by being customisable and modular.


Sustainable Materials

We are pushing for sustainable materials, although the costs are very high. For this to be possible, we need to reach our stretch goals. 

500D Nylon is an extremely durable material that lasts for many years in the toughest conditions. The stretch goal material (eco-friendly Cordura) has very similar material characteristics 

The whistles that attach to the vests are made from recycled and the beanies are organic cotton.


Reusability and Recyclability 

The recycled plastic whistles and aluminium blankets are recyclable. The Nylon material is technically recyclable but it is still very difficult and costly to do so. Therefore, by reaching our end stretch goal, we will be able to eliminate the need for the amount of Nylon required.


Sustainable Fulfilment and Distribution

Our distribution centre is in Hong Kong, which is a central location to our manufacturers whilst being a central distribution point to rest of the world. This cuts out double handling of goods by having a close third-party logistics company.


Something Else

If we reach our stretch goal of one million dollars, we are able to implement an eco Cordura fabric made from +40% recycled plastics. This will cut down our required need for Nylon, whilst retaining a durable fabric. The cost of the eco fabrics is approximately 4.3 times higher than 500D Nylon.





Shipping & Distribution

We will be using Backerkit to help reduce costs for you and for us. As a Kickstarter campaign, we cannot foresee how many backers we will have and what our backers will choose. Therefore, by providing the shipping fee to you later on which will allow us give you a much more accurate cost of shipping.

We will distribute the rewards from Hong Kong, which is the largest air-freight hub in the world. Utilising the company Floship from Hong Kong as our distribution centre has the lowest impact on the environment to internationally ship goods. This is important for the environment but also helps your bottom line. 

We do not want to incorporate shipping costs into the campaign, because it increases fees for you and for us. If you require more information, please contact us and we can further explain our understanding and reasoning for this.


What will happen?

Once the campaign ends, all backers will receive an email with a receipt for the reward chosen. You will be notified by email if we require more information or if there are any payment issues.

You will also receive an email (survey) approximately three weeks after the campaign, which you will be required to fill out. In this you will also be able to add on extra bits and pieces that you may have missed during the campaign. Perhaps you want an extra whistle for a friend, you may then add this to your order. 

This survey is vital for us to get your details correct.  Any changes in address should also be addressed here, so that we can start the shipping process. You will have 48 hours to make any final changes due to time constraints.


Duties & Taxes

Countries have different rules and regulations for importing goods, which means that you may have to pay for the duties and taxes on your side. This will again be determined by your country's rules and regulations. 

Countries have different levels of tax and duties, but they also have a tax free threshold. To ensure you are aware of your responsibility to import goods, please use the link below to find out more about the tax-free threshold and avoid any surprises:

http://www.borderlinx.com/en/pages/faq/duty-free-limit 

If you do not fit under your country's threshold, please use the link below to calculate how much you may need to pay:

https://customsdutyfree.com/duty-calculator/

** Shipping is from Hong Kong **


Shipping Estimate

Please note: All shipping costs are estimates and are subject to change due to unforeseen world economic situations. 



Future of a Snöape Community

After the Kickstarter Campaign, we want to delve deeper into avalanche safety, developing an electronic air-pump and compressor system that is small, lightweight and powerful. It will become a part of the vest and provide skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers with a comfortable, safe and functional option that is more affordable than those currently out on the market. 

We will strive to deliver the highest quality product for a fair price, whilst giving back to mother nature. Our products need to become as sustainable as possible whilst providing waste management options by utilising the mass amounts of plastic waste found in our oceans. An example would be to turn the plastics into an alternative material for the Nylon used in our current vest.

Our 10-year goal is to create a community organisation that is based in a developing country. We will buy land and develop a manufacturing company that produces goods for Snöape, however the profits are put back into the employees' families.

Imagine a community where everyone is working in a high standard of living where the employees and their families receive benefits in return for their contribution to grow the company. Benefits that include education, housing and medical support. 

We want a self-sustaining community where everything needed to produce products can be created on location, right down to the very food that feeds the employees and their families. We need to involve the employees in the whole aspect of the company, which will provide them with better prospects for their future career development within Snöape or outside of it.

There is no need to take jobs from those that need them most. As a company, we can provide more than a menial wage, we can provide a better standard of living for our employees and especially for their children.

“I believe that the pinnacle of design is attained through the fusion of technology and nature. Mother nature is the ultimate designer and mankind has a lot to learn from her. My goal is to design the way evolution designs, slowly perfecting, slowly illuminating and eliminating the weaknesses.” 

Benjamin Monteiro / Founder of Snöape 





A big THANK YOU to all those that have supported Snöape

Thank you all for your support in either sharing, reading, watching or pledging in this campaign. We have put in a lot of effort to get this far, and your support is very much appreciated.

We cannot do this without you nor could we have gotten this far. So, from all of us that have been involved in the background, we sincerely thank you. 

Much love, from the Snöape team!


P.S. If you have read this far then you get to know that we will add a little something extra that we have deliberately left out. It is our small little thank you :)



Risks and challenges

We have worked closely with a very skilled manufacturer that produces high-end military equipment. We have been working together to have everything ready for the manufacturing process so there is minimal delay and we have anticipated time for delivery and for any issues that may arise during production and shipment. We are confident in our ability to deliver this product to you in a timely manner, but of course the future is hard to predict. What we can promise is that any unfortunate and unforeseeable issues that arise will be communicated to everyone as soon as possible, which will put you in control of your investment should something change.

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    For the next 7 years (until August 2026), you will receive a free vest whenever we bring out updates. Trust us, we are working on avalanche attachment compatibilities for the back of the vest.

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