Gear Review: Praxis MVP Skis

 

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Praxis MVP Skis Skill Level: for intermediate to free ski professionals. Currently the ski for Drew Tabke – freeride world tour champion.

Price when purchased: $689 for stock version. $879 for custom version with carbon layup.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Category: All mountain ski

Dimensions (mm): 133-110-126

Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 183cm

Sidecut Radius: 24 meters

Measured Weight Per Ski: 2,119 grams

Boots/Bindings: ie.. Lange RS 130/ Look pivot 18

Mount Location: -4 cm from Recommended Line

FLOTATION/SURFABILITY: EXCELLENT

STABILITY AT SPEED: EXCELLENT

QUICKNESS/BUMPS: GOOD

FORGIVENESS/FUN: GOOD

CRUD PERFORMANCE: EXCELLENT

HARD SNOW INTEGRITY: ACCEPTABLE

Test Location: Squaw Valley USA, North Lake Tahoe, CA

Days Skied: 6

Parting thoughts: Great all around ski. Can be a quiver of one ski.

What follows is a gear review of the Praxis MVP skis from your everyday working man who’s passionate about that sensation of floating on untracked powder: 

I just finished three days on my new MVP’s and thought I’d tell you about them since there doesn’t seem to be much out there about them. I’ll start by telling you a bit about me so that you can determine if you want to take what I say with a grain of salt or decide that maybe this may be helpful to you. then I’ll describe my observations with this ski and you can do what you want with the info. My hope is that you will gain some sort of insight (good or bad) about this ski if you are in the process of pulling the trigger or not.

So, I am a early 40’s guy, 6’0, 205 lbs (athletic, gold medal at SF tri last year, scratch golfer that wins amateur tournaments), that is now able to ski again because my kids are now old enough to enjoy time on the mountain. I used to ski lots in high school and college and was considered an expert. Zipper lining was my favorite past-time. the bigger the bumps the better. I would also huck cliffs and anything else that would impress my friends and girls because I was fearless. They tried to get me to race in Nastar stuff, but I just wanted to rip around with my buds.

So, fast forward many years, three kids later and a great career. I’m back to skiing again and its like riding a bike. You never forget how to although it seems like “carving” is all the rage these days. When I learned, I was taught to ski as fast as you can in as strait a line as you can, keep your upper body pointed downhill and only pivot your skis to control your speed. I skidded my turns to control speed.

With this “carving” thing all the rage, my trusty 195 K2 5500’s weren’t going to cut it anymore so I bought some used Atomic Slalom skis and skied them all last season. They are pretty awesome skis and you can turn so quick in them. They are stiff as boards too.

Then all I kept hearing about last season is “rocker” and wide skis. So this year I bought a pair on a leap of faith without trying any. I orignally ordered Praxis Pist Jibs. Keith then recommended that I go with MVP’s and that’s what I did. Praxis MVP, 184’s, Medium/Stiff with Carbon/glass layup. Bindings mounted on boot center on dot indented on left side of ski. They are not nearly as stiff as my Atomics.

I skied them for the first time on Friday at Squaw. Basically all on groomers, the steepest terain being Siberia Bowl, but mostly on the runs off Shirley Express. I love moguls so was happy to see little bumps form. Anyhow, on Friday the skis felt very “spinny” or pivoty. They wanted to pivot at the slightest movement. I’m guessing my first experience with rocker?

The tails kept washing out on me and the tail tips would cross a lot. I also felt very forward on this setup and noticed that the bindings looked too centered on the skis. When the speed increased the tails seemed to behave a lot better and so I started seeing how fast I could go until I felt unsafe on them. At higher speeds, they would start twisting around on me. Its like there is some sort of speed sweet spot on these. Not enough speed and the tails misbehaved and too much speed and they start being thrown all over the place. I was not happy on Friday. I hated these skis. I wanted my Atomics back.

So after Friday I needed to do something about these skis since I dropped a boatload on them. I took the skis to the Squaw shop and asked them to remount them for me. The centeredness of the bindings bothered me so I eyeballed the binding position that looked right to me and asked the guys in the shop to remount them there. That ended up mounting the bindings with the boot center mark 4 cm behind the mark on the left side of the skis.

What a difference that made!! It is like a totally difference ski. Not sure of the technicalities of moving the mount position but it looks right now. Better for my old style of skiing? Don’t know.

By today, I’ve got them so dialed in and I feel I have total control over them. Not one crossed tip or tail, zip through bumps, great skidded turning and sometimes I would even get on the edges and carve some nice turns that felt locked into the snow and solid. I had lots of fun Saturday and today. I don’t feel a speed limit anymore and they are now stable at high speeds. I did plenty of beginner slopes too, teaching my kids skiing and these skis are much better when going faster.

Anyways, that’s what I have to say about these so far. Again only three days on these and all on piste. I feel like I have the control like my Atomic slalom skis with solid edges that I can lock into the snow, but also with the rocker for deeper snow that hopefully I’ll be able to experience soon.

I totally love them now and have confidence to do anything on them now. I have the feel of my Atomics in a modern form factor that will add to the terrain I can ski with them. I want to try the 187 to see if I can control them as well as I can mine at 184.

Those are my thoughts on these. Hope this review helps someone in the purchasing decision process . Take care!

Gear review by Joe Woo who mainly ski Squaw and Alpine; he’s based out of the North Bay.

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Help us celebrate our 14th Season as a ski and ride community: engage in some fun at our annual season kick-off POWDER parties happening around the SF Bay Area – view photos from previous events!

 
 
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SF Holiday Mixer SUN Dec 2 & Sagittarius Birthday Celebration

 

 

Presenting Snowpals’ 1st Annual Holiday Exclusive Mixer..

 

Come celebrate the holidays and engage in winter outdoor recreation; connect with skiers and snowboarders for Tahoe trips. When was the last time you had some playful fun?

 

We are dedicating this mixer to those born under the sign of Sagittarius(Nov 22 to Dec 21 birthdays). And no, you don’t have to be a Sagittarius to participate. 😉

 

When: Dec 2, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Noeteca Wine Bar Cafe located at 1551 Dolores St(between Valley St & 29th St) San Francisco, CA 94110. Neighborhood: Bernal Heights. (415) 824-5524


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Pay at the door event fee: $5 – please complete the eventbrite registration to RSVP and to help us plan for this event. Due to space limitations, only 32 spots available for this event.

Included with every entry is a free Liftopia gift card. Also, light snacks will be provided. 

 

 

Drink specials

For ladies, enjoy a “French Kiss”: a mixture of French Champagne, puree of white peach, and fresh raspberry, served in a champagne flute for $8.

For gentlemen: a glass of tasty Haraszthy Zinfandel for $9 (regularly $11). Tasting notes: “The nose of this vintage is full of berry aromas and in the mouth you will taste blackberry, spice, and a hint of vanilla.”

Please make a note to bring cash. For these special events, it’s cash only. 

About Noeteca Cafe & Wine Bar

Noeteca Cafe & Wine Bar voted Best San Francisco Wine Bar from readers’ poll by SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian & City Search. Noeteca Cafe & Wine Bar is a warm welcoming space with great wines, espresso, good eats, and most notably friendly professional service provided by Alex, Scott, and Shane. Noeteca Cafe & Wine Bar is located at 1551 Dolores St San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415-824-5524 | Menu | Go to their twitter page or  Facebook page for happy hour specials & upcoming events.

Fun engagement

Once a month, for playful fun, at our mixer we celebrate birthdays that fall within an astrological sign..

This mixer is dedicated to people who were born between Nov 22 to Dec 21 which is the astrology sign of Sagittarius

“Your element: Fire

Your ruling planets: Jupiter

Symbol: The Archer

Your stone: Turquoise

Life Pursuit: To live the good life

Vibration: Overly expressive – frequent burnouts

Sagittarian’s Secret Desire: To make a difference in the world

Description:
Ruled by the benefic planet Jupiter, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Like their astrological symbol – the Archer – Sagittarians are renowned for aiming their sights towards whatever it is they find alluring – a love partner, dream job, vacation – and making it their own. They believe that anything is possible – and because of this belief system, Sagittarians are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

But sometimes trying to tie down these free-spirited individuals is frustrating for those around them. Sagittarians are happiest on the move – exploring new cultures and ideas and many are attracted to occupations related to travel, the media, outdoor work and philosophical pursuits. In love, their catch-cry is “don’t fence me in”. But once they find a partner who understands their need to retain their own sense of self and identity, Sagittarians can be the most big-hearted, generous and fun-loving companions of all.

Freedom loving, optimistic and honest, Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and higher learning. The wisdom of Jupiter imbibes Sagittarians with an inherent need to develop their own unique philosophy of life. The Centaur is their astrological symbol, and it gives many insights into the Sagittarian personality. The higher-evolved Sagittarian learns to integrate the two ends of the Centaur (half-human, half-beast) in order for their arrow (another Sagittarian symbol) of higher aspirations to be more on the mark. Although they are intellectually and spiritually advanced, Sagittarians are notorious for their lack of tact. In relationships they demand independence, but when in love, it can’t be denied that they are one of the most big-hearted signs of the zodiac.

If you were born on the first or last day of a Sun sign, in astrological terms you were born on a cusp. If that’s the case, you will probably benefit from reading your own Sun sign and the Sun sign that ends or begins right before or after your date of birth. For example, if your birth date is 22 December, your Sun sign is Capricorn, but you probably have some Sagittarian traits as well. ” – by Athena S.

 

 

 

 

 

FREE TICKETS to Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival

 

 

 

 

Gather family and friends to attend the 2012 Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival aka Ski and Board Fest.

2012 SILICON VALLEY SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL ON SAT & SUN 11/17-18 AT THE SAN JOSE FAIRGROUND 

 

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

 

Use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code to receive ONE FREE general admission; one ticket per person(1,000 tickets will be given away; when the code doesn’t work any longer, it means all the free tickets have been given out). If you appreciate these free tickets, like us on our facebook page to get connected for future promos and giveaways.

HALF OFF VIP WINE AND BEER TASTING TICKETS, now $20, was $40

 

For those who’d like to enjoy unlimited wine and beer tastings, buy the VIP ticket; use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP wine and beer tasting tickets for $20(regular $40). VIP tickets also include free two nights hotel stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The closest ski resort is Mt Rose which is only a 35 minutes drive away.

General admission and VIP event tickets include two free lift tickets(see below for details and restrictions).

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Santa Clara County Fairground 344 Tully Rd San Jose, CA 95111 – map and directions:


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This event is open to all ages. The ski & snowboard show will have lots of games for adults and kids where you can win lift tickets, season passes from resorts and prizes for playing; your event ticket might pay for itself if you win a lift ticket or a season pass. One price structure: admission tickets are for all ages(adults, children, seniors).

ID check for those who’d like to enjoy the libations – VIP tickets for wine and beer tastings are for 21 and older.

If you’d like a special ski show expo only discounted pricing on a Season Pass(regular, college pass, seniors, etc) to your favorite Tahoe resort, attend to get in on discounted season pass offerings.

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What are the available ticketing options?

General Admission Tickets (regular price of $20). Includes 2 FREE LIFT TICKETS: China Peak & Dodge Ridge – *some restrictions apply, see below.

OR

VIP Admission Tickets (Discounted $10.00 with ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code; the discount represents a 25% off regular price of $40)

VIP tickets include all benefits of Gen Admission Ticket PLUS free commemorative wine or beer glass and unlimited beer or wine tasting for 4 hours & a free two night stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (See below for restrictions*)
 

Event Hours:

Saturday @ 11AM – 8PM

Sunday @11AM – 6PM
Ticket is good for (1) day only – either Saturday OR Sunday.

VIP TICKETS DISCOUNT: Use ‘snowpal’ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP tickets 

 
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SATURDAY WINE TASTING
  • Over 50 Wineries
  • Starts at 1pm
  • Ends at 6pm
SPEND THE DAY SIPPING YOUR FAVORITE WINES, TRYING NEW LABELS ALL WHILE GEARING UP FOR THE 2012/13 WINTER SEASON.

THE WINE EXPO PORTION PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE, ITS PRODUCTION AND ITS MANY COMPLEXITIES IN A FUN, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE.

 

SUNDAY BEER TASTING

  • Over 30 Breweries
  • Starts at Noon
  • Ends at 5pm

REGARDLESS IF YOU PREFER A PILSNER, STOUT OR AN AMBER ALE, THE BREW EXPO COMPONENT OF THE FESTIVAL HAS YOU COVERED.

SAMPLE MICRO-BREWS FROM AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND TALK TO BREW MASTERS ABOUT HOW DIFFERENT SEASONALS ARE CREATED. 

 
 
 
Event Details:
 

FREE LIFT TICKETS: EVERYONE receives TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS for attending!

TWO free nights at Grand Sierra Resort with VIP tickets
Restrictions: Valid Sun-Thurs Nov 1st – Jan 31st Based Upon Availability

 

* ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO SKI OR TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARD MAGAZINE WITH ADMISSIONWith admission, receive a subscription to your choice of either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding Magazine ($5 value).

 

* Free Lift Tickets Restrictions:

+ China Peak
Valid Sunday-Friday
Black out days: December 23-31, 2012 / January 1-4, 2013 / January 20-21, 2013 / February 17-18, 2013.

+ Dodge Ridge
Ticket will be valid everyday through December 25th, 2012.
Ticket will also be valid Monday – Friday January 7 – 17, 2013 & Monday – Friday March 4 – Closing Day, 2013.

+ Sierra at Tahoe
2 for 1 Lift Ticket Deal
Restrictions Coming Soon

OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: www.skiandboardfest.com

WINE/BEER TASTING: Festival features wines and beer tasting from over 100 top wineries and breweries. Four hours of UNLIMITED tasting and commemorative glass with VIP ticket. Check event website for participating wineries and breweries.

SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE EXPO SHOW: Hosted by Lombardi Sports we’ll have over $1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 80% OFF!!!

**PARKING IS LIMITED: Public transit, walking & biking is encourage as parking is limited at the venue.  Additional parking is available at Marina Green on a first come basis.

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Completed:

 

(1) Saturday, November 10, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Cal Expo Center 1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815

Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SACRAMENTO SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

(2) Nov 3-4, 2012: Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SF SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 3, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT) at the Fort Mason Center Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St. San Francisco, 94123 |  View Map and Get Directions 

Resort Exhibitors:
 

Ski & Snowboard Movies coming to SF Bay Area

Here’s a summary of 2012 Ski & Snowboard Movies & Films coming to the SF Bay Area: 

As of October 22, 2012, minus seven days until the first Tahoe resort, Boreal, open their doors. Opening date for most Tahoe resorts typically fall on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So, what’s there to do between now and then? Mark your calendar and gather some friends to watch one or more of the following 2012 ski & snowboard films/movies coming to the SF Bay Area, and score a free lift ticket*..

*Most showings will give out a free mid-week 2012-13 lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket coupon/voucher.

Ski Movies:

  • Warren Miller’s Flow State shows multiple dates at Northern California locations; starts on November 7, 2012; see below. Ticket Pricing varies from $20, depending on location.

“Warren Miller’s 63rd annual ski and snowboard film will take you into the zone…the moment…the groove…the center…the Flow State.

Warren Miller’s Flow State guides viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout. Winter is right around the corner, and it is time to enter the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.

Hosted by Jonny Moseley and showcasing celebrated athletes including Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise, Flow State throws down some of the most captivating footage ever shot by Warren Miller Entertainment. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes on Alaska’s mighty Chugach, Julian Carr bombs down Utah’s famed Wasatch, Jackie Paaso explores the Norwegian Arctic and Chris Anthony makes Warren Miller history on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment. Roll-call winter’s finest athletes, because they are all here – embodying the essence of the Flow State and tackling the mountain with absolute attention and deep confidence.”

*Film showing includes TWO – 2 for 1 lift ticket, one for Heavenly, and one for Kirkwood:

“BUY-ONE-GET-ONE FREE(BOGO) LIFT TICKET OFFER TO HEAVENLY
Everyone attending Flow State will receive One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket voucher to Heavenly*.

AND

BUY-ONE-GET-ONE FREE LIFT TICKET TO KIRKWOOD*
Everyone attending Flow State will receive One (1)
2-FOR-1 lift ticket voucher to Kirkwood.

*Buy One (1) adult lift ticket at the retail rate and receive a second lift ticket for FREE. Both tickets must be used on the same day. Offer valid from Opening Day of the 2012-13 season through 4.14.13, with the following restrictions: NOT VALID on Saturdays; NOT VALID 11.22.12 through 11.25.12, 12.15.12 through 1.01.13, 1.19.13 through 1.21.13 and 2.16.13 through 2.18.13. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.

Dates, Locations & Showtimes:

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California

Showtimes

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 9:00pm

WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA
Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, California

Showtimes
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 9:00pm

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
Spangenberg Theatre
780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, California
Showtimes Friday, November 9, 2012 – 8:00pm

CAMPBELL, CALIFORNIA
Campbell Heritage Theatre
1 Campbell Avenue, Campbell, California
Showtimes Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 7:30pm

SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA
The College of San Mateo Theatre
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, California
Showtimes Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 7:00pm

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Wheeler Auditorium
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
University of California, Berkeley, California
Showtimes Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 8:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Castro Theatre
429 Castro St, San Francisco, California
Showtimes Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8:00pm

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA
Marin Center
10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, California
Showtimes Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 8:00pm

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, California
Showtimes Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 7:00pm

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
Showtimes
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 – 8:00pm

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA
State Theater Modesto, California
1307 J Street, Modesto, California
Showtimes
Friday, November 30, 2012 – 6:30pm
Friday, November 30, 2012 – 9:00pm
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 4:00pm
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 7:30pm

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Snowboard Film:
 
Resonance brings shred fans deep into Absinthe’s world of powder and powerful riding with the legendary pros such as Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, two times Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass as well as Scotty Lago and nine more heavy hitters riding in misty locations from the Alps to Alaska.
 
Free Sierra-at-Tahoe early season 2012-13 lift ticket with paid admission. Not sure on exact  restrictions, check with Sierra at Tahoe.
 
Tickets are $10 and are available at the following snowboard shops or at the door:
SF Snowboarding 1630 Haight St., San Francisco, CA
Milosport 3566 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA
 
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October 30,2012 TGR’s The Dream Factory shows at the SF Palace of Fine Arts.. Follow the Teton Gravity Research modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska’s awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as the TGR crew ventures from Alaska training grounds Jackson Hole, WY, and Pemberton, BC, and delves deep into the Alaskan way of life during a record snowfall year in AK, skiing terrain most of us only dream about. Everyone in attendance at the San Francisco premiere will receive TWO FREE midweek lift tickets, one for SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE MEADOWS(a $92 value) and the other lift ticket for MT BACHELOR.  Buy discount movie tickets and join Snowpals for conversations and drinks before the movie.
 
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  • Powderwhore Ski movieChoose Your Adventure – 
    Despite the underwhelming winter of 2011-12, in which snowfall reached near record lows and unstable avalanche conditions, the Powderwhores were able to make the most of the conditions at home and abroad, with trips to Cerro Castillo, Chile; La Grave, France; the Antarctic Peninsula; Svalbard, Norway; Mount Foraker, Alaska; British Columbia, Canada, and the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.The film features an array of characters from salty backcountry veterans to some of the top skiers and snowboarders, including Chris Davenport, Jake Sakson, Andrew McLean, Seth Wescott, Dylan Freed, Noah Howell, Matt Reardon, Drew Stoecklein, Forrest Coots, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Chuck Mumford, Darrell Finlayson, Bob Athey, PY Leblanc, Jason Thompson,Todd Stuart and Hugo Harrison.”Remember the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books? We are playing with that theme for delivering this ski odyssey.” says Powderwhore athlete and founder Noah Howell. “Our interest lies in finding exotic locations and people with real stories and objectives. We wanted to tag along and capture their actions and motivation for heading into the mountains. It’s more of an authentic experience this way. Instead of a staged video shoot we arranged, we traveled light and moved fast to avoid interfering with the actual adventures unfolding.”Chris Davenport joined the filming while on a boat on the Antarctic Peninsula. “I have had the opportunity to ski on the Antarctic Peninsula three times and it has quickly become one of my favorite places in the world for ski mountaineering,” Davenport says. “I love life on the boat, and the easy access to incredible ski terrain make it hard to beat. Throw in the amazing wildlife and gorgeous ocean views and you have a location second-to-none for the new film ‘Choose Your Adventure.’In the end, this is a feature-length ski film that celebrates exotic locations, wild adventures, and the dedicated personalities writing their own stories in snow.Proceeds benefit Snowlands Network.
  1. First showing: Wednesday October 17th Sports Basement Bryant Store(1590 Bryant St.) at 7pm. Get Tickets Now for $12, or $15 at the door. Get there early at 6pm to enjoy happy hour (10% off all purchases in store and complimentary beer and snacks)
  2. Second showing: Thursday October 18th Sports Basement Presidio Store (610 Old Mason St) at 7pm. Get Tickets Now for $12, or $15 at the door. Get there early at 6pm to enjoy happy hour (10% off all purchases in store and complimentary beer and snacks)
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Kickstarter – 72 min left; want a waterproof mountable case for your iPhone 4/4s/5?

The San Francicso Bay Area and Silicon Valley is at the heart of new technologies and innovations that benefit society and improve our lives.

At Snowpals, we love to support innovators and those who are passionate about making our world a tad better. Every week or so, we’ll feature a Kickstarter project that we feel merit visibility and funding support. If you have a Kickstarter project you feel passionate about and would like to have it affiliated with Snowpals, .

Introducing this week’s featured Kickstarter project:

iconic.am: waterproof mountable case for iPhone 4/4s/5

by Paul; connect with Paul on facebook

Designer’s experience: “In our day jobs, we design components and systems and manage suppliers to deliver them. Our “portfolio” includes work on the Airbus A350XWB airliner, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, James Webb Space Telescope and others.”

What is this project about?

Waterproof case mounts your iPhone anywhere. Secure quick-release adapter, wide angle optics, free app for wireless control and share.

Click on the ‘play’ button to watch the prototype case in use:

  • Launched: Oct 29, 2012
  • Funding ends: Nov 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST
  • 122 backers
  • $13,924 raised as of 11:05 AM on Nov 19, 2012
  • $35,000 goal
  • time left to reach goal: 72 minutes to go as of 11:45 AM on 11/19 – project ends at 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST on Monday Nov 19 2012

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HELP THIS PROJECT REACH GOAL WITH A PLEDGE

 

PLEDGE LEVELS & REWARDS:

  • Pledge $5 or more gets you a 

App Start Wristband – With this wristband and our free app you can start and stop recording on your iPhone without touching the screen.

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Add $5 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $25 OR MORE GETS YOU A

    Trucker Hat and Wristband – This highly functional trucker hat keeps the sun out of your eyes and shows your support in style.

    Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $45 OR MORE

     50 backers Sold out

    Early backer – iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with two flat sticky bases.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $55 OR MORE

     11 backers

    iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with two flat sticky bases. ($70 estimated retail price.)

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $65 OR MORE

     9 backers

    iPhone 5 case and adapter with two flat sticky bases. ($80 estimated retail price.)

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $110 OR MORE

     2 backers

    upgrade pack: 1 each iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 cases, 2x adapters and 4x sticky bases.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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  • PLEDGE $130 OR MORE

     18 backers Limited (32 of 50 left)

    Kickstarter Edition iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with flat and curved sticky bases. Case is upgraded with anodized green latches, laser etched with backer number.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $130 OR MORE

     2 backers Limited (48 of 50 left)

    Kickstarter Edition iPhone 5 case and adapter with flat and curved sticky bases. Case is upgraded with anodized green latches, laser etched with backer number.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
     
     

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Capture Everything, Anywhere, with your iPhone

  • Waterproof – take it anywhere
  • Shockproof – takes a beating
  • Mountable – quickly change mounts
  • Wide-Angle – see more of the action
  • Full access – use touchscreen and all buttons
  • Easy setup – pop your phone in or out with ease
Waterproof and Shockproof:  TPE bumpers absorb shock, oversized o-rings seal out water, aluminum latch locks it tight
Waterproof and Shockproof: TPE bumpers absorb shock, oversized o-rings seal out water, aluminum latch locks it tight
Mountable: Sticky base is versatile and included in all case pledge levels
Mountable: Sticky base is versatile and included in all case pledge levels
Other Mounts: We design custom mounts for you, available at our Shapeways.com shop (link)
Other Mounts: We design custom mounts for you, available at our Shapeways.com shop (link)
Wide Angle Lens: Custom designed  lens, optical grade glass, distortion free in and out of water
Wide Angle Lens: Custom designed lens, optical grade glass, distortion free in and out of water
Full Phone Access: Access all buttons and full screen
Full Phone Access: Access all buttons and full screen

iTunes App: 

  • Wave our wristband by the phone to record or stop
  • Works with gloves and under water
  • Instantly preview your shots
  • Edit video and one touch share
iconic.am wireless control app and wristband (link to iTunes)
iconic.am wireless control app and wristband (link to iTunes)

 

Who we are: 

We met in LA while working as engineers designing aircraft and satellites. We started this product about a year ago coming back from a trip to the lake after realizing that we all cautiously stowed our iPhones in ziploc bags. We wanted to use our iPhones to record outdoor video, but found that nothing existed to address our need. We siezed the opportunity to design something our friends would be excited to use.

Paul: Paul is a surfer, skier and mountain biker who spent college winters in Tahoe and now builds telescopes. Paul is responsible for the optics and web development.

Tim: Tim is a snowboarder and volleyball player who has been controlling vibration on aircraft and spacecraft for the last 6 years. Tim is responsible for app development.

Zoltan: Zoltan is a mountain biker and snowboarder who was making flight control systems for 6 years before going to USC to get his MBA. In his spare time, he volunteers with FIRST (high school robotics) team 1197. Zoltan is responsible for mechanical design.

Alex: Alex is a surfer, snowboarder and volleyball player who worked as a materials engineer in semiconductor manufacturing before going back to school at UCLA. He is one of the founders and now serves as an advisor to the team. 

Where we are now and how we will close with the Kickstarter pre-sales:

We’ve designed, prototyped, and then redesigned the case and mount over and over. We’ve performed a lot of analysis to ensure it works well and can stand up to abuse. We’ve been using the product and improved on all the things you only discover after testing something in the real world.

Yes, we did the analysis
Yes, we did the analysis

We met with our manufacturing partners and inspected their factories. We collaborated with them on the design to ensure that it is producible and affordable. We developed the app, designed and manufactured samples of our custom lenses, and completed our 3D printed mounts. The time has come to build injection molding tooling for manufacturing the production run of the case.

Zoltan - Grinding
Zoltan – Grinding

This is where you come in: The Kickstarter funds are dedicated entirely to tooling and material for the production run. We specified the highest grade of tooling for the best surface finish and part consistency. We’ve taken the project this far, now it is up to you to help us bring this project from prototype to production.

So if you are ready to start getting great video from some creative angles, lock in your pre-order now. You know Kickstarter is all or nothing so tell your friends about iconic.am and share it on Facebook, every contribution level helps.

Manufacturing Plan 

  • schedule starts after funds are processed (typically 2 weeks)
  • Week 1: place orders for injection molding tooling, place order for die casting tooling, place lens order, place die cut material order
  • Week 2-3: set up assembly tooling with rapid prototyped parts, die cut components (screens, acoustic pass-throughs, sticky pads) arrive
  • Week 4-5: injection molding tooling finished, proved out, prove-out units assembled, prove-out units tested for IP rating (waterproofness)
  • Week 6: production units begin assembly
  • Week 7: production units begin shipping
Thanks for all the support!

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RISKS AND CHALLENGES

LEARN ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY ON KICKSTARTER

-Optics Accuracy: We have a preferred vendor that we chose based on their technical capabilities rather than price. We bought and tested lenses to our final specification from them.

-Injection Molding Tooling Producibility: Our vendor has provided quotes based on final CAD models, but there will almost certainly be details that need to be worked out. We plan to mitigate risk by being co-located with our vendor during the detail design phase of the tooling and initial production.

-Case Waterproofness: We performed all of our testing with rapid prototyped parts. They are not as waterproof (because they’re porous) as the final injection molded parts will be. We dunked our iPhones with these prototypes plenty of times, but our waterproofness rating tests need to be performed on production parts. This presents a schedule risk that we will mitigate by testing design elements in mock-ups. For example: a tube machined to look like the optics portion of the housing assembled with real optics, o-ring, and retainer to test that seal. We are working with a vendor that produces IP rated sealed electronics and incorporated their recommendations into the design of the iconic.am case.

Our Risk Mitigation Qualifications: 
In our day jobs, we design components and systems and manage suppliers to deliver them. Our “portfolio” includes work on the Airbus A350XWB airliner, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, James Webb Space Telescope and others.