Close your eyes & picture the perfect fresh powder run beneath you. The air is crisp, the wind is biting your cheeks and the ground is sparkling. You hit REC on your GoPro, pull up your mask, inhale once, and shift your weight forward. These are the moments we live for, and the driving force behind the Beardo Keep Warm project. it's a simple concept really; if you Stay warmer, you'll play longer! Let us keep you warm.
Kickstarter is all about funding creativity and in true Kickstarter fashion, our project goal is to utilize submitted concept designs from our simultaneously running open invitation, along with pledges to create a new line! We are very excited for the outcome of this project as we have no idea how many new designs we will end with and it is a unique opportunity for us to work with fans, creative types and designers of every skill level. The beauty about this is that anyone can put in their ideas, get their hands dirty and work with us directly & see their idea become a reality! A true communal kickstarter and with more concepts and funding, will come more chosen and produced designs! We can't wait to see them!
Our Prototype Ski MASK HD has been in the pipeline for a few seasons, but the form and fit has been severely refined over the last few months. We have been testing the prototypes extensively and the fit is awesome! With some fresh design concepts we can develop and ultimately launch a full new line in time for the first snowfall! We have 5 prototype designs right now, and as you can see photography played a big part in them, but we feel illustrated options (characters, patterns etc..) will be perfect for them as they are easily manipulated. That is our Kickstarter GOAL, and the reason for holding the open design invitation for the duration of this Project. Simply put; designers, photographers and creatives are not cheap and relying on only one or two individuals can limit the project's creative range. Your fresh input, concepts and support, will help to develop and fund the creativity of this line to bring it from prototype to launch, and all in time for Winter & Christmas!
For every submitted concept mask design that is chosen and produced for market, the designer will be paid a guaranteed amount through the open design page (See links above for full details), they will also get credit for their work and of course some of the finished masks! We have no 'set' number of designs that we are looking for... it could be dozens, but know that if we like it, and its original, we will most likely choose it and make it happen! Fans will also help choose their favorites by voting on our Facebook and Instagram pages. So if you have an idea, or know a designer, photographer or creative type, do us a favor and put us in touch!
ABOUT the SKI MASK HD Design
Our Ski Mask design is ideal not only for Snowboarders & Skiers, but as a GIFT for any outdoor enthusiast, motorcyclist, fisherman or rock climber... and we have even tested our prototype while skydiving! We have put a lot of effort into designing our SKI MASK to be a true 360˚ 3D representation from all angles, and we hope you like it so far! We have had some fun creating these prototypes and went all out, from hiring professional makeup artists to taking a leaf blower to our friends face (see: option E, 'WINDY' below).
Our special techniques and attention to detail ensures our masks are 100% realistic looking... it wasn't easy, but we are happy to say we have done it VERY well! As with all of our gear, these too are super functional, you can wear them down around the neck, or even as a headband.. and of course they are just crazy enough to get you noticed! After all, If you aren't having fun, what are you doing?
The Pledge Rewards!
Here is the fun part ~ choose your reward! Most of the Pledges from the right are indicated with a letter to easily correspond. Note that there are some special offers that do not have a photo!
NEW designs since launch! .. more to come.
Get to know us.
We truly started out as a bit of a laugh, but are very proud of what we have accomplished and the warmth we have provided! It all started with the accidental creation of the Beard hat one cold day back in 2007 amongst the peaks of Whistler, BC. Canada. I had transformed a scarf out of sheer necessity into a facemask, complete with a drinking & breathing hole. Everyone joked that it looked as if I had finally hit manhood with a full grown beard. This early Beardo design made regular appearances at our ski trips and parties after that, and was eventually refined into the Beardo beard hat that you see today. We have come a long way since then, but always make sure our gear incorporates both fun and functionality. We may be a bit strange, but we get the job done!
Those who already know us:
• Canadian icon George Stroumboulopoulos said: "Love Canada. Hate Canadian winters. Then this comes along to make them a little better"
• UFC Fighter Mac Danzig said: "This may be the coolest piece of headwear I've ever seen"
Risks and challenges
The season is just upon us and our project is well thought out and manageable. If something goes wrong we will do whatever we can to fix it, but as you can see from the timeline we do take delays into account.
• Sept 12 - Sept 28- in-house & open design time, to monitor potential concepts as well as develop new ones in-house as needed (photography, illustrate etc..)
• Sept 12- 28 - Once funding goal is met we can start to secure new designs!
• Sept 30-Oct 30th - Print, produce, sew and pack...
• Oct 18- 30th - Shipping rewards begins from Philadelphia, PA ( you'll get tracking )
• Oct 31st - We take a short and sweet candy break
• Nov 1-30th- If funded over and above expectations, this time will be used to get additional items produced & shipped for winter and Christmas!
- (23 days)