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Life gets tangled… your earbuds shouldn’t. SLIDE by Zipbuds features cables that seal together to keep your earbuds untangled. Read more

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Life gets tangled… your earbuds shouldn’t. SLIDE by Zipbuds features cables that seal together to keep your earbuds untangled.

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Glow-in-the-dark is only available with purchase of the Kickstarter special package, "Glow-in-the-Dark +MIC".

We have absolutely no doubt that we will deliver a high quality product to all of our supporters. We have never shipped a product that we have not felt 100% confident about. Over the past few years, one of our primary focuses has been to improve our manufacturing partnerships and processes. We are more prepared than ever to deliver something incredible.

We have listed estimated delivery dates for all of our reward tiers but we believe you guys deserve more explanation than a simple date. Our current estimated delivery windows are December (Super Early Bird, Early Bird) and January (All other tiers). In truth, our personal goal is to deliver our SLIDE products to all of our supporters as soon as we possibly can. We will do EVERYTHING possible to get these to you in time for the holidays.

We would love to be able to guarantee delivery for the holidays (and we almost decided to) but our experience tells us that guaranteeing delivery dates on first production runs is just not prudent or responsible. Anything and everything can happen. From development to manufacturing to shipping, there is no shortage of things that can go awry. 

What we can guarantee is this: we will do everything in our power to deliver on what we promise, we will be completely transparent throughout the process, and most of all, the happiest day for us will be the day we send finished product to all of you.

So begins the first step of an incredible and long journey.  Livespeakr was a revolutionary portable speaker system that worked with your phone in both portrait and landscape view.

Inside Scoop:  As our first product, Livespeakr will always have a special place in our hearts.  There are only a few left in existence and we keep them well guarded for family and friends ;)

The success of Livespeakr confirmed we were building a solid foundation in our industry.  We knew there was still a long road ahead...but this early success fueled us on to continue creating new and exciting products.  

At this time, the earbud and headphone industry was really beginning to boom.  We looked around the marketplace and noticed that most brands were stuck coming out with different colors/patterns but true innovation was rare.  After long hours and late nights, we decided to take down a problem that had gone unaddressed for far too long.  We were going to make tangled cables a thing of the past... and we were going to do it with zippers.

Our goal was to create something that was simple, stylish, and most of all, completely tangle-free.  If you've seen our first prototypes in the video above (they were pretty... rough), you'll know we didn't get it right on the first shot.  It wasn't until we figured out how to build the zipper teeth directly onto the cables that we realized we had a winner.

Given the unique challenges our cable technology presented, we knew our manufacturing relationships had to be special.  We needed a partner that not only understood the ins and outs of cables... they had to be driven to take risks with us and boldly go where no cable manufacturer had gone before.

We partnered with one of the worlds leading manufacturers of specialty cables.  They specialize in designing cables for military use, medical applications, and the largest concerts in the world.  

Select and Choice were our two over-the-ear headphone models that utilized our zipper cabling.  In the summer of 2012, we designed a custom headphone that was given to the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team... we even caught a glimpse of Kobe rocking them before the gold medal game! 

Inside Scoop:  Originally, we had planned for three headphone models: Select, Choice, and Prime... yes... the names were based on the USDA meat grading system. :P

Holy cow - patents take a long time to issue!  Nearly four years after filing our utility patent for the zipper and SLIDE technologies, we were finally made official!  We recognize the value of our intellectual property and we're constantly bolstering our portfolio.

Our focus on quality begins paying off... the fourth (and current) generation of zipper earbuds are receiving great reviews from our supporters.  Zipper earbuds are awesome!  However, we weren't even close to done innovating.

Since our beginning, we have always envisioned creating a product that was minimal in design and completely tangle-free.  With the experience we gained developing previous products and the partnerships we built along the way, we were ready to accomplish our goal.  The initial concept sketches were put on paper and Zipbuds SLIDE begins to take its first steps towards reality.

We created our first pre-production prototypes for Zipbuds SLIDE and the results have been incredible.  The form and function are there... but we need your support to perfect the design and help the world to live tangle-free.

Risks and challenges

Design and Manufacturing:

We have set out to do something very different and very awesome. We face unique challenges when it comes to material requirements and durability. We have researched and prepared a variety of solutions for potential challenges.

Product Adjustments:

We will not release a product that is not up to our quality standards. We have a detailed plan to perfect our product. Regardless of our level of preparation, unforeseen challenges may arise that require us to slow things down to get them right. We promise to be completely transparent as we go down the road to production and delivery.

Production and Delivery:

As with any first production run, there are many variables that could impact our delivery time. Production speeds may vary, material shipments may become delayed, last-minute modifications could become necessary, and delays may occur while shipping the product to our warehouse. We have run every scenario we can think of and we could not be more prepared to react to potential obstacles. We will use any shipping method necessary to help meet our timeline.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    2 backers

    SUPPORTER:
    Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND (Name added to Supporter Page on Zipbuds website.) Thanks for the helping hand!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $19 or more

    150 backers All gone!

    SUPER EARLY BIRD!
    The best Zipbuds SLIDE price for all SUPER EARLY supporters! Shipped from our first production run. Product MSRP: $34.99

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    150 backers All gone!

    SUPER EARLY BIRD + MIC!
    The best Zipbuds SLIDE + mic price for all SUPER EARLY supporters! Shipped from our first production run. Product MSRP: $44.99

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $29 or more

    50 backers Limited (200 left of 250)

    EARLY BIRD!
    Huge discount on Zipbuds SLIDE for all early supporters! Shipped from our first production run. Product MSRP: $34.99

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $32 or more

    3 backers

    GET SLIDE FIRST:
    Exclusive Zipbuds SLIDE pricing! Thank you for helping us to bring an end to tangled earbuds. Product MSRP: $34.99

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $34 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    INT'L SUPER EARLY BIRD! The best Zipbuds SLIDE price for all SUPER EARLY supporters! Shipped from our first production run - anywhere in the world! ($15 has been added as a flat international shipping fee) Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $39 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    INT'L SUPER EARLY BIRD + MIC! The best Zipbuds SLIDE + mic price for all SUPER EARLY supporters! Shipped from our first production run - anywhere in the world! ($15 has been added as a flat international shipping fee) Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $39 or more

    85 backers Limited (165 left of 250)

    EARLY BIRD + MIC!
    Huge discount on Zipbuds SLIDE + mic for all early supporters! Shipped from our first production run. Product MSRP: $44.99

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $42 or more

    6 backers

    GET SLIDE + MIC FIRST:
    Exclusive Zipbuds SLIDE + mic pricing! Thank you for helping us to bring an end to tangled earbuds. Product MSRP: $44.99

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $47 or more

    9 backers

    INTERNATIONAL GET SLIDE FIRST:
    Exclusive Zipbuds SLIDE pricing for all supporters outside of the United States! Thank you for helping us to bring an end to tangled earbuds. ($15 has been added as a flat international shipping fee)

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    42 backers

    GLOW-IN-THE-DARK + MIC:
    Zipbuds SLIDE + mic glow-in-the-dark model only available through this campaign! Includes a custom Zipbuds carrying case.

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $57 or more

    17 backers

    INTERNATIONAL GET SLIDE + MIC FIRST:
    Exclusive Zipbuds SLIDE + mic pricing for all supporters outside of the United States! Thank you for helping us to bring an end to tangled earbuds. ($15 has been added as a flat international shipping fee)

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $62 or more

    8 backers

    GIVE 1, GET 1:
    Two sets of Zipbuds SLIDE! Give the gift of tangle-free earbuds. MSRP: $69.98

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    42 backers

    INTERNATIONAL GLOW-IN-THE-DARK + MIC:
    Zipbuds SLIDE + mic glow-in-the-dark model only available through this campaign! For all supporters outside of the United States. Includes a custom Zipbuds carrying case.

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    8 backers

    GIVE 1, GET 1 + MIC:
    Two sets of Zipbuds SLIDE + mic! Give the gift of tangle-free earbuds. MSRP: $89.98

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $120 or more

    7 backers

    I'LL TAKE 4:
    Four sets of Zipbuds SLIDE! For those that REALLY want to put an end to tangled earbuds. MSRP: $139.96

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    7 backers

    I'LL TAKE 4 + MIC:
    Four sets of Zipbuds SLIDE + mic! For those that REALLY want to put an end to tangled earbuds. MSRP: $179.96

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    7 backers

    I WANT IT ALL!
    4 Zipbuds SLIDE, 4 Zipbuds SLIDE + mic, & 2 Zipbuds SLIDE + mic Glow-in-the-Dark (KS only version). You are a saint... you have literally put an end to tangled earbuds for everyone around you!

    Also: Receive Zipbuds sticker and become a Zipbuds LEGEND

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

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