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This project was successfully funded on January 26, 2014.

Bergaffe wants to develop and produce a multifunctional tool-system for various sports throughout the year based on a tube element.

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.

It started with an idea and the love of monkeys...
It started with an idea and the love of monkeys...

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 trophy, the shovel and the buck.
The trophy, the shovel and the buck.
The bench and the rake.
The bench and the rake.

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.

Quality

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.

Check out these neat details on our prototypes!
Check out these neat details on our prototypes!

Vision 

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.

365 days, 1 tool.
365 days, 1 tool.

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. 

The buck in all its glory.
The buck in all its glory.

Pledges

And you know what´s best? Delivery is included. Worldwide! We managed to fit that all into the pledge price. Yay!
And you know what´s best? Delivery is included. Worldwide! We managed to fit that all into the pledge price. Yay!

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.

Our Merch

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. 

Monkey Wrench, our first issue. Be part of it!
Monkey Wrench, our first issue. Be part of it!
We are bananas about our enviroment, that´s why our shirts are produced fair and nature friendly.
We are bananas about our enviroment, that´s why our shirts are produced fair and nature friendly.
Stickers and postcards come in different shapes, sizes and designs.
Stickers and postcards come in different shapes, sizes and designs.

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. 

The Team

The Team - well some of us ...
The Team - well some of us ...

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. 

Timetable

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.

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FAQ

  • The shipping costs worldwide are calculated into the prizes. There are no extra fees for transport worldwide. Awesome, right?

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  • After our funding we will contact each of you regarding the colours and sizes of your hoodie and t-shirts.

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  • We checked out all details and regulations for shipping all over Europe, the U.S. und Australia and New Zeeland. If you are from another country please contact us directly.

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  • You can only choose on pledge for one person. BUT if you want to buy several products choose the most expensive one and ad the amount of the second or third pledge on top. If you are doing that, please give us an additional notification.

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  • Our product will be produced in Austria. We want to offer the highest possible quality for you, thats why we are working together with trustworthy partners in our area.

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  • Right after a successfull we will start to produce you tools. We are preparing the final files for our first series right now. Keep in mind, that it will take us about four weeks to produce all the gear. You'll get your equipment approximately in the mid of march. If you are ordering various goodies we are able to deliver team in february.

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Rewards

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    #1 Thank you very much! You are a morale supporter and you´ll receive Kickstarter Updates (digital) as your reward. Your support will get us closer to our vision. Opposable thumbs up! Thanks!

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    #2 A handwritten postcard (by your very own Bergaffe Team) from our office in Austria. A random postcard (5 different designs) will be picked and sent off to you. Former tier included.

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    1 backer

    #3 Get to know us better and gain insights by receiving our own autographed Bergaffe comic. Plus all former tiers included.

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    8 backers

    #4 Receive a Bergaffe iPhone Case lovingly made in our Austrian office with our 3D printer. Choose between 3 colours (black, white, red) and your model (4, 4s, 5, 5s). All former tiers included.

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    #5 A t-shirt of your choosing. Different Logo-options and colours available. Comes with postcard and stickers.

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    21 backers Limited (4 left of 25)

    #6 The Trophy: EARLY BIRD - Be one of the first people to get the Bergaffe wardrobe for storing your winter gear. Hang your skis, your board and your clothes with one solution. Comes with Comic and Stickers.

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    6 backers

    #7 The Trophy: Grab our Bergaffe wardrobe for storing your winter gear. Hang your skis, your board and your clothes with one solution.

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    #8 A Bergaffe Hoodie: Get your gear on. The hoodie comes with different logo-options and colours available. Postcard and various stickers.

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    1 backer

    #9 The Gibbon: Get our extendable shovel. Build to resist the iciest of slopes, this ones a keeper.

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    12 backers Limited (13 left of 25)

    #10 The Chimp: EARLY BIRD - Now we are talking. Be one of the first: Get your gear on with the Bergaffe shovel, the camera mount with 1 telescope tube and 1 standard tube. Well, now that´s a package! We even chuck in the comic. Get it while it´s still hot.

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    4 backers

    #11 The Chimp: Get the full gear with the Bergaffe shovel, the camera mount with 1 telescope tube and 1 standard tube. You´ll love it!

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    #12 The Lemur: EARLY BIRD - Get the Bergaffe-shovel plus the Bergaffe-shaper with 3 standard tubes. Shape the snow, make it yours. Make sure that you are one of the first who own it. Comes with Comic and Sticker.

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    1 backer

    #13 The Silverback: Ah the majestic silverback. Sit back and relax on this marvellous product of ours. ;) Get the Bergaffe-bench fitting with 4 standard tubes. All you need is a board though.

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    #14 The Tarsier: Bullseye. Get the Tarsier in all it´s glory with mono –and tripod plus camera stand, which adds up to 4 standard tubes. Everything a camera wielding snow afficionado needs.

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    #15 The Lemur: Get the Bergaffe-shovel plus the Bergaffe-shaper with 3 standard tubes. Shape the snow, make it yours.

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    #16 The Gorilla: Get the Bergaffe-shovel plus the Bergaffe-shaper and the telescope with the camera mount as well as the mono –and tripod with 4 standard tubes and 1 telescope tube. Wow.

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    #17 The all-mighty KING KONG- Master of all the monkeys: This is it! That is all we have. Get everything we produce. We love you for this. Get a special place in our hearts and on our blog. The package includes The Bergaffe-shovel, the Bergaffe-shaper, the mono –and tripod, the camera mount, the Bergaffe-bench fittings, the awesome Bergaffe buck wardrobe and 4 standard tubes and 1 telescope tube. Sounds awesome, right?

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    #18 Be a Bergaffe and get incorporated in our ongoing comic-series. Receive updates in the making and get an original artwork from our artists.

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    #19 Hang with the team and get to know us. Enjoy a wonderful time in the snowy alps of Austria, visit us in our HQ in the south of Austria and join us skiing and snowboarding in the Austrian Alps (Obertauern) for one week. Guided tour with a personal ski instructor included (by request). We will take care of the ski-lift tickets and accommodation for 2 persons (**** hotel with breakfast, 5 overnight stays, 5 skiing days) during your stay here. Pick up on airport/train station also provided, but flight not included. Additionally you'll get the full gear set of our Bergaffe tools and a Hoodie plus T-Shirt for each of you.
    Viable period: February 2014 - April 2014

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    #20 Design Workshop: Meet "DeWhiteSign", the team behind the product design and get to know them in a small intimate atmosphere. We will run a one-day design workshop in a congress hotel, all inclusive with regional culinary delicacies. You will gain insights in our design process and workflow and hang with the team.

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Funding period

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