120˚ Lock - A Purpose-built Snowboard Lock
Snowboard accessories are an area of snowboarding still waiting to be improved. The current batch of tools and locks on the market are just off-the-shelf products branded up by snowboarding companies. These lads decided to the opposite and design a lock specifically for snowboarding. Here's what they came up with.
Two friends, Dick and Dave, were walking in the mountains when a huge frothing-mouthed grizzly bear suddenly charged towards them. The two men started running for their lives, but within moments Dave abruptly sat down, removed his heavy hiking boots and started to change into his running shoes. Dick called out as he ran past, "Hey, Dave. You're wasting your time. You'll never outrun that bear. Why are you putting those on?". Dave replied "Dick, I don't have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you."
To build a better board lock, you just need one that's slightly harder to cut than all the other ones.
Industrial Design tomfoolery.
Air Helmet - Designing a snowboard helmet from scratch
Snowboard helmets are another area crying out for a dose of creative thinking. As they've become more popular the designs have improved by baby-steps rather than revolution and as a result they follow the same basic rules. They're all essentially big round smooth plastic balls, with the only variation being whether you have a small peak at the front or not. These guys decided to start from scratch and try and design a helmet specifically for snowboarding and they went venting crazy.
|This particular design is ultimately doomed, because there's no room for the pros' massive Red Bull stickers.|
Helmet with integrated removable headphones
Wireless headphones that you can use remove from the helmet and use separately Saves buying two sets of headphones.
SKÅDI - The Ski Resort Ambulance
After experiencing the joys of being carted down the mountain on a stretcher after a bad crash, Luke Woodard decided to build the perfect snow ambulance, and while he was at it he made sure it looked fucking awesome.
|The only drawback I can see is that it will only encourage people to seriously injure themselves to get a ride.|
AvA 299 DROP - Heliboarding Concept
Here's another lad who decided he also didn't want to mess around with little things like helmets and locks, so he decided to have a crack at redesigning the helicopter. Although this is a classic case of interesting idea, but not great execution, I still kinda want one.
|Strictly for my ninjas|
Toolless snowboard bindings
If there's two things that are like crack to industrial designers it's integrated helmets and Flow bindings. We'll get to the integrated helmets later of course, because we're still in the good section, but in amongst the reams of shitty Flow bindings concepts was this one. This lad went to town in cramming ideas into his bindings concept, but the one that really has some legs is the ability to attach/detach and adjust the bindings with no tools. A bit more work on that idea and there's another really interesting product for someone.
Quad-Point Snowboard Binding Tool
Following on from the toolless binding, here is the exact opposite idea. This is from the same lad that brought us the two snowmobile concepts, so that's a worrying loss of form for him.
- Heavier than a screwdriver
- More uncomfortable to use than a screwdriver
- Only works on one type of binding arrangement
- Less adaptable than a screwdriver
- Requires four times more effort to tighten than individual screws
- Can't adjust the tightness of any individual screw
Snowboard Boot Concept for K2
This one looks pretty, but can you spot the problem?
|The rear BOA and highback combo could be tricky.|
Armoured Snowboard Gloves
Turn your hands into little plastic armadillos with these snow gauntlets.
|Handy if you need to instigate a dual|
Konkur Stix | Snowboard Poles
Snowboard poles. Yeay!
The Konkur snowboard pole comes complete with various other ineffective accoutrements.
Snowboard with inbuilt toe caps
For people who have really shy toes.
|A hajib for your feet|
Integrated Snowboarding Helmet
Like a Ruroc helmet, but amazingly even uglier
Another Integrated Snowboard Helmet
Haven't I seen this somewhere before?
|Goes well with the armoured gloves|
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And there's more vehicular-based shenanigans on Custom & Concept Cars – Inspired by Snowboarding