At the January 2018 Snow Show in Denver I showed a model of SkiClaws on a classic body. The first thing several industry insiders said was that the device would be really good for backcountry. So I began to focus on the BC version (some details under News). In the summer of 2018 I began planning for a crowd-funding campaign, ideally to take place in early 2019. This process has faced numerous challenges. There have been delays with suppliers. The winter has been awful locally for skiing, with a skiable snowpack only in January, many too cold days in January, and an extremely early melt in early March. It has not yet (April 5) been possible to shoot the video, which will now have to be in the mountains. The short video below was from a March trek up Coal Lake Trail towards Golden Horn, demonstrating the effectiveness of the SkiClaws BC.
New Footpad and Bumper
In the late summer of 2019 a Prusa 3D printer kit arrived. Eventually this will be used for more extensive prototyping but the immediate need was for a better footpad-bumper. After assembling the printer, learning CAD, and printing several prototypes of both footpad and bumper, an elegant and functional design was achieved.
The new assembly has been tested and works well. The next step will be a crowd funding campaign. The goal is to make presales, then organize a larger production run.