About this project
Balance Boards have been around since at least the 1950s. Today they're more popular than ever as a fun and effective way to develop and maintain coordination, core strength and of course, balance.
But because they’re made of wood and hard plastics they can be intimidating to use for kids, novices and seniors and lack adjustability to match different skill levels, rider sizes and types of use. They're also uncomfortable for uses besides standing and are too bulky for convenient transport and storage. We set out to solve these challenges by reimagining what balance boards are made of, what they can do and who they're for.
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PORTABLE: Kumo Board, Roller and Cushion deflate to a compact and portable size, making it easy to store when not in use or travel with when you're on the move. Included velcro straps secure all components inside the rolled up board. The accessory strap converts into a clever built-in carry handle.
ADJUSTABLE: Kumo Board and Roller inflate with a standard bike pump or electric air pump (pump not included unless specified). Increasing or decreasing the amount of air inside the board allows you to customize the settings to match any skill level, rider size and type of use.
Because the board has rocker (curve) from end to end, it provides an active, engaging and user-friendly workout as soon as you step on board. Ideal as a standing desk cushion as well as a physical therapy rehab, strengthening and injury prevention device. In this configuration, reducing the amount of air in the board increases the balance challenge. One Kumo Board can replace dozens of bulky Physical Therapy balance pads while allowing infinite settings that can be quickly changed.
Adding the round Kumo Cushion underneath Kumo Board results in a higher level of instability, and thus challenge. This is the preferred set-up for many fitness programs due to the user-friendly nature of the board and cushion. It provides a terrific balance workout without the risk of the board being swept out from under the user unexpectedly. Increasing the air pressure in the cushion increases instability and thus challenge.
Unlike any other balance board on the market, Kumo Board allows you to lower the inflation of the board and roller for a more user-friendly experience when learning to use the board/roller combination. Furthermore, by inverting the board on the roller the rocker (curve) of the Kumo Board now "captures" the roller and reduces the potential for the board to slip out from underneath the user. Another feature unique to Kumo Board is the front/back AND heel/toe balance challenge when the roller is partially inflated. This gives a fluid true-to-life boardsport experience and develops DEEP balance.
When fully inflated the Kumo Board and roller are as rigid and high performance as traditional balance boards made of hard wood and plastic, yet remains soft and user-friendly thanks to the inflatable nature of the materials.
VERSATILE: Typical balance boards are made for expert users with one setting and one purpose. Kumo Board has all the benefits of typical balance boards while being much more versatile for all ages, abilities and a wide variety of activities. From fitness and yoga to physical therapy, family fun, boardsport training, standing desk pad, massage rolling, travel and more, Kumo Board is a unique multi-purpose product that complements any active lifestyle.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Dan Smith is an engineer/entrepreneur who came up with the original idea for an inflatable balance board. Dan owns and operates a successful stand up paddleboard business in Florida where he spends time helping people get on the water and lead healthy, active lifestyles. www.paddlingparadise.com
Jimmy Blakeney is a former US National Champion paddler with 25 years of experience in the outdoor industry successfully building better brands, products and instructional programs. He has won numerous “Gear of the Year” awards from Outside Magazine and Men's Journal as co-developer of kayaks and stand up paddleboards and is host of the most-viewed Stand Up Paddleboard instructional series on the web. www.jimmyblakeney.com
Risks and challenges
We've spent the past 18 months prototyping, testing and refining Kumo Board and developing our supply chain. We're ready for our first production run with a reliable supplier in place who produced all of the boards seen in our photos and videos. We are being conservative in our estimated delivery windows so are confident in our ability to execute on time. Our goal is to under-promise and over-deliver. While delays are certainly possible we promise to keep you informed every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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