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$18,340
pledged of $50,000 goal
87
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 19 2014 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

There hasn’t been any major changes in snowboarding in over 40 years—it’s high time for an evolution.

LUMBOS™ mechanism is a new type of snowboarding accessory that mounts between your board and your bindings, allowing your feet to shift independently for a more free and comfortable experience.

The LUMBOS™ device moves freely and is immediately responsive, allowing you to turn each foot independently at will on your snowboard, while remaining securely attached.
The LUMBOS™ device moves freely and is immediately responsive, allowing you to turn each foot independently at will on your snowboard, while remaining securely attached.
  • LUMBOS™ technology allows you to shift positions at any given moment while standing or riding. 
  • Experience any combination of stances in one single run down the slopes.
  • No more twisting and bending your knees in awkward positions while sitting on the lift or waiting in lift lines. 
  • LUMBOS™ devices install easily to on ANY kind of sports board—snowboard, kiteboard, wakeboard— in just a few simple, one-time steps, within minutes.

Finally, the long sought characteristic to snowboard equipment is at hand and under foot, one that will forever change the world of snowboarding as we know it— LUMBOS™ innovation.

SAFETY 

Stable and Reliable -- People's number one concern when they hear about the LUMBOS™ device is that their feet will move out from underneath them, but nothing could be further from the truth.  It seems counter-intuitive, but by having two feet that can turn independently, a rider is able to move more naturally and feels one with their board.  When riders exert a load bearing force on one foot, the un-weighted foot is free to follow through and translate a rider’s intentions into more fluid swishing or swaying motions on slopes.  Meanwhile, the weighted foot finds the most stable attack angle, keeping the other foot in check.

Fluidity of Motion -- Riders can make quicker, smaller, and tighter turn radiuses, because as one’s load bearing force is focused on the lead foot, the snowboard itself is able turn simultaneously under the un-weighted rear foot, much like surfing and skateboarding.

Board Flex -- Although approximately the same thickness as a pencil, flex or torsion is minimally impaired.  The turning turret is slightly raised above the board’s surface, not only to prevent marring, but to reduce impacting torsional flexibility.

Because new boarders can try out any number of stances as they are learning, LUMBOS™ technology makes learning to board significantly easier for kids of all ages. (Photo courtesy of Nashoba Valley)
Because new boarders can try out any number of stances as they are learning, LUMBOS™ technology makes learning to board significantly easier for kids of all ages. (Photo courtesy of Nashoba Valley)

AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY OF BOARDING

THE FUN STUFF —

  • Now, you can have unparalleled freedom of movement, providing you with ability to make split-second adjustments/decisions. 
  • Simply shifting your weight around and changing foot angles accordingly, you will be able to use any combination of positions/stances in a single run.  Rethink all of the assumptions that you have made about how you perform tricks on your board—this is more like surfing or skateboarding, yet unprecedented.  Maybe even with the potential to perform a 360˚ table top or ‘tray’! 

THE COMFORT — 

  • Never again will you need to face the dreaded snowboarder’s shuffle in the lift line, twisting your body uncomfortably and putting strain on the knees.  By disconnecting one boot or the other from the binding, you can scoot along (so to speak), making it especially useful on flat terrain, or when going up hill for that matter.
  • And when it’s time for a break, you can take a seat in the snow and choose to angle your foot and board in any direction that you want, so that you can relax, free from any excessive torquing of your knee. 

THE USEFULNESS — 

  • LUMBOS™ accessories are designed to be compatible with virtually ANY similar equipment used in water, from kite surfing to wake boarding, and from skerfing to wind surfing, ALL using the same pair of mountings.
  • Built to last a lifetime, one size fits all, meaning, a person can use the same pair as a junior rider and then keep on using them well into adulthood.
Imagine finally sitting in a chairlift comfortably. By wearing the LUMBOS™ mechanism, you can avoid all the twisting of your body, and just let your leg dangle down freely and in a natural position.
Imagine finally sitting in a chairlift comfortably. By wearing the LUMBOS™ mechanism, you can avoid all the twisting of your body, and just let your leg dangle down freely and in a natural position.

PRODUCT FACTS

  • Parts are made from stainless steel, with an ultra low-friction coating.  LUMBOS™ mechanism will never gum up, stick, or catch fire.
  • Final product weight is expected to be about 1.5 lbs per unit, making them just around 3 lbs. for the pair.
  • So easy to install a child can in minutes with nothing more than a Philips screwdriver.
  • Universal compatibility with ALL major brands of boots, boards, and bindings used in snow and water sports boarding industry.  You do NOT have to buy or replace any of your existing gear in order to use LUMBOS™ inserts.
LUMBOS™ has a very low profile— in fact it has the same width as a pencil!
LUMBOS™ has a very low profile— in fact it has the same width as a pencil!
  • One size fits all, meaning, a person can buy a pair when they are a junior rider and then keep on using it for life.  Plus, it is completely reversible. 
  • LUMBOS™ devices won't damage or permanently alter your board in any way.
  • LUMBOS™ mechanism is indeed an innovative device.  Nothing exists like it out there in the market, with patents pending.

Please check out our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, please write us, we’d love to hear from you!

REWARDS

$30 — Party Invite

You were invited to attend one of our try-out/testing parties at a resort. This snowboard season, you could've had a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with others who were trying LUMBOS™ technology for the first time.  Demo calendar in the planning.  (See below on the $210 backer level for the possible resorts.)

$75 — Try Us Out

You were invited to attend one of our try-out/testing parties at a resort where you would've gotten a few runs to try out LUMBOS™ devices this winter season. (Lift ticket not included.)  When done with your runs, you could've had a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with others who were trying LUMBOS™ innovation for the first time.  Demo calendar in the planning. (See below on the $210 backer level for the possible resorts.)

$210 — Pair of LUMBOS inserts plus Demo Runs

You would've received a set of LUMBOS™ accessories for the April shipment, but you also would've received a party invite to attend one of our try-out/testing parties at a resort this winter season.  At the party, you would've gotten a few runs to try out LUMBOS™ mechanism early.  (Lift ticket not included.)  When done with your runs, you would've had a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with others who were trying LUMBOS™ technology for the first time.

  • Demo calendar in the making, but here was our list of potential resorts:

    $8,200 — All-inclusive Adventure to the Austrian Alps....

    (Image courtesy of Florin Balate)
    (Image courtesy of Florin Balate)

    We wanted to hang out with the people who could've made this project possible! 

  • Joining the entire team of LUMBOS™ embodiment for 7 days of snowboarding in the Austrian Alps.  We would've been very interested to hear feedback about LUMBOS™ mechanism in person and perhaps have even seen a sneak peek at some exciting new designs.  We would've even covered your cost of airfare and accommodations to join us!  (This may still take place in February or March of 2015.)  You would've also received a pair of signed & numbered LUMBOS™ inserts from our very first production in January.

    (Photo courtesy of Ristok Kinnunen)
    (Photo courtesy of Ristok Kinnunen)

    Our adventure will be to Ischgl, Austria— the venue of the first official Snowboard Championships and the Snowboard Masters & World Series events.  This picturesque place lies between 6,000 to 8,616 feet in altitude; the highest ski resort on the other side of a very old Austrian village.  There are at least 42 lifts plus gondolas to connect YOU, accessing o ver 200 km. of prepared trails. 

    Cozy Ischgl, Austria at night. (Photo courtesy of Ristok Kinnunen)
    Cozy Ischgl, Austria at night. (Photo courtesy of Ristok Kinnunen)

    There are free shuttles to other slopes included with a lift pass.  And when you are not snowboarding, there’s also ice skating, Bavarian style curling, cross country skiing amongst others (accompanied or not by massage), yodeling, BEER, riding stables, outdoor adventure pool, clubs, pubs, discos, tennis, & co-ed saunas, night sledding, amateur races, & perhaps even a gnome in an edelweiss patch. 

    (Photo courtesy of Arentas)
    (Photo courtesy of Arentas)

    If you wanted to bring a friend on this journey, no problem, you could've just doubled your pledge at this backer level, and they would've also gotten all the perks and privileges of this all inclusive snowboarding trip to the Tyrolean Alps.

    (Photo courtesy of Arentas)
    (Photo courtesy of Arentas)
  • Alas, thank you all for taking such precious time to consider what was being offered, but rest assured, you haven't seen the last of us, by a long shot, and won’t be disappointed!

    Strategic planning, management, and expert advice for this Kickstarter was given by GOAL VAULTING. A Kickstarter consultancy group. Goalvaulting.com

     
     

Risks and challenges

After several generations of progressively refined prototypes over the past year, the final design is locked down and in fabrication mode. With hardware/material sources established, including alternate resources just in case, we are prepared to ensure riders are sent their due reward in a timely fashion.

We had made every effort to make it so there is was little risk as possible when if you backed LUMBOS™ technology. We’re working with manufacturers who have a long history of success and we will regularly have design reviews with them to ensure that the product is up to our expectation of quality control. Of course, delays can happen in production, and we are willing to delay if it is the right thing to do to ensure a better product. That being said, we don’t anticipate delays or major problems. We’re confident in our process, and we see this is a low-risk project for you to back.

Arguably the hardest part about giving birth to a concept is asking for a strangers help. Of course any movement is difficult and not without risk, allowing another to partake in the breaching process after nurturing the seed for so long is a sensitive process to say the least… But as we all know, it takes a community to raise an entity, and so, humbly asked for a modest monetary amount of backing as a Kickstarter to our endeavor. Thank you.

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    Party Invite ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ You are invited to attend one of our try-out/demo parties at a resort. Have a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with the whole LUMBOS posse. (Demo calendar is still being scheduled. Please check out our list of potential resorts in the “Rewards” section below.)

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    Try Us Out ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ You are invited to attend one of our try-out/demo parties at a resort where you get 3 runs to try out LUMBOS. (Lift ticket not included.) When you are done with your runs, have a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with others who are trying LUMBOS for the first time. (Demo calendar is still being planned, but check out our list of potential resorts in the “Rewards” section below.)

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    EARLY BIRD, PAIR of LUMBOS ❄ ❄ ❄ Not only do you get to use your LUMBOS before the rest of the public, but for being one of the early backers, you will be getting over $40 off the retail price.

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    PAIR of LUMBOS™ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ You get to use your LUMBOS™ before the rest of the public, AND at this Kickstarter Only Price that is $20 off the retail price!

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    LUMBOS™ mechanism & Party Runs ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ You’ll receive a set of LUMBOS™ devices for the April shipment, but you also get a party invite to attend one of our try-out/demo parties at a resort in January. At the party, you’ll get at least an hour to try out LUMBOS™ technology early. (Lift ticket not included.) When you are done with your runs, have a blast drinking beer, eating some food with us, and hanging with others who are trying LUMBOS™ devices for the first time. (Demo calendar is still being planned, but check out our list of potential resorts in the “Rewards” section below.)

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    AMBASSADOR ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ Be 1st to have your LUMBOS on the slopes in Jan 2015! Still warm off the press you will receive one of our very limited stupendous FIRST PRODUCTION RUN. Your pair of LUMBOS will be signed and numbered, indicating that it was from this very first batch of this revolutionary device. Clearly you are passionate about this as much as we are, so YOU will be one of a select few who can have direct access to the team and can shape the final design of this product. We will be shipping this soon after the close of the campaign.

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    5 PAIRS ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ Missed the early bird specials? Partner up with your 4 favorite friends and get a pair for each of you at this discounted price.

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    10 PAIRS ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ Got a whole team you want to equip? This is an even better deal than our early bird specials, we will send you 10 pairs of LUMBOS™ inserts.

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    Join the entire team of LUMBOS™ for 7 days of snowboarding in the Austrian Alps. ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ Give us feedback about LUMBOS™ in person and perhaps even see a sneak peek at some exciting new designs. We will even cover your cost of airfare and accommodations to join us! Wanna bring a friend? Sounds great! Just double this pledge level, and they will get all the perks and privileges of this level. (Travel arrangements will be made for February or March 2015. Read more on the description below!) At this level, you will also receive a pair of signed & numbered LUMBOS™ from our very first production in January.

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