About this project
Who we are
We are a young entrepreneur team from Austria. And we are really into product design and sports. We strive to develop a multifunctional kit combining various passions in one tool. This is our project.
What we do and why we do it
How it all began
In early 2012 we wanted to build a snowboard-bench, that should not necessarily ruin the snowboard - as existing solutions. In the process of designing we realized the potential of a system that would add value to a tool that would be much more than just a snowboard-bench. We came up with the system of “Bergaffe”. Since then Bergaffe developed into more than just a multitool – it evolved into an idea of a sustainable and durable sytem for sport enthusiasts and nature aficionados alike.
Use case - tackling the problem
The overall problem we encountered while exercising was, that we need new equipment for every sport and every application. This produces high costs on one hand but much more annoying is the weight and volume while transport. That´s when we tried to think of a solution, that would join overlapping fields of interest and enlarge the application range of sport equipment to a perennial use. Bergaffe allocates the variety of the applications and their combinations, while at the same time reducing the weight and the volume of needed accessories. The whole Bergaffe package fits in every backpack, even the shaper is easily transportable.
Our first product range is going to cover the topics
- Freeride (Shovel, Shaper),
- Camera (Action-camera stand, Tripod) and
- Furniture (Snowboard bench, Wall fixtures).
Our tools are simple and reduced to the very basics. Multifunctional und easy elements enable flexible solutions through their various combinations. We provide the possibilities to create new niche product-categories. This enables us to cover a variety of possible applications with few components. During all the processes in the supply chain – from resources to shipping – we consider such aspects as fair production standards, sustainability index and local proximity.
The base tube
The Bergaffe system is built around the base tube. It is a modular system based on connection links and interchangeability yet long-lasting and simple design. The weight of one tube will be approximately 200g.
We strive to prolong our products life cycle through interchangeability of every part, thus making it possible to chuck out any broken parts or to be geared to your needs. We develop and produce everything by ourselves; that gives us the flexibility and quality we want to achieve. Why we do that, you might ask? Because we want happy customers, less waste and smaller backpacks. All of our merchandising is produced to the fairest limits and comes with several quality seals ensuring a clean environment and consciences.
Our Vision is the development of a multifunctional module-system for various sports throughout the year. Our idea is to enlarge the product range annually, so your Bergaffe-tube becomes more versatile every year.
The monkey troop
The modular system allows you to share and combine your elements with one another. So you only need to have one tool-function individually to build the bigger picture, such as the tripod or the bench. The whole Bergaffe package fits in every backpack, even the shaper is easily transportable.
Why Kickstarter and what the money will let us do
At this point we developed, built and tested our tubes. We made fancy pictures to show and got positive feedback. BUT… now we need your help. There is only so much you can do, when you are not funded and have to work on a project this size in your spare time. We put in a massive amount of work to make it this far. That´s when you enter the game.
The community, that is Kickstarter is known for realizing awesome projects. And we think that our project is awesome. We put everything into the making we can. With the money funded we will be able to pay for the machines and the proper production cycles. We work closely with our local manufacturers to make sure that you will only receive high quality products. With your support we will be able to produce and ship our first products as well as being one step closer to incorporate a sustainable brand.
For the last three pledges we will contact you directly, since it´s kind of a big deal to us. And for more pictures of our merchandise check out our homepage, Instagram or Facebook page.
We have some pretty sweet merch set up for you guys. We do not only have postcards and stickers! We also made a comic, which you can be part of. All lovingly printed in Austria.
All our shirts and hoodies are all screen-printed on certified textiles. T-Shirts and Hoodies come in different sizes as well as designs.
For all available colour options and designs, whether of postcards, stickers, the iPhone covers or the textiles, please check out our update section for more information or our social media channels. (We couldn´t possibly all of this fit in here!) Furthermore we will reveal more colours and designs as we reach our goal.
That´s the team. Or at least a part of it! Since we are always busy, running around, designing, testing and sketching, it´s really hard to get all of us in one frame.
Risks and challenges
Going into production is not an easy task. Although we planned ahead, built several versions of prototypes and got it all figured out, there might be still some unexpected hurdles that show up during our way. To be frank, international customs and logistics may occasionally be a bit of a pain, but we think we got that covered. Throughout the preparation of this project we really tried to address possibly risks and problems, working closely with our production partners and discussing risks thoroughly, that could affect quality and production standards. But we can faithfully say, that we planned everything ahead, really got into the production cycle and tested our products extensively.
If somewhere along the way we find that there is a setback in production, or that we cannot make the timeline, we will be as transparent as possible to keep all of you, our backers, informed. In the end, we want to make Bergaffe a long-lasting and sustainable product.
Keep in mind, that although our products are shipped quite late in the season, you can use nearly all of them throughout the year. So… stay in touch with us. Don´t be shy, share your experience and give us feedback on our products afterwards. We´d love to hear from you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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