THE OVERLANDER STORY
There was a day late in October 2020, during one of the first snowfalls of the season at Breckenridge Resort, CO. I had ridden across town, up the mountain to the T-bar, where I found myself at 1% battery. So, naturally no, I wasn't inclined to dismount when the size of the gravel rocks started to increase.
My front foot ended up slipping off the front footpad, and I smashed my heel on a rock. What was more frustrating was that I had half of the solution to preventing what had just happened on my board at the time. I just hadn't figured out how to connect the other half.
I rigged together my gators with the magnetic connector for the magnetic mount I'd put on my board, and took off for a field. Immediately, I could feel the difference. Before my board would have simply dumped me into the snow or mud. Now I was able to maintain my stance with the pull I had created.
After playing around with some not so feasible snow-covered mountain biking jumps, I wound up on a part powder/part packed snow, with a twist of icy, slushy, mud over rocky terrain. It was like I'd jumped through a painting in Mario and unleashed a whole new world of fun!Several versions later, I'm still having fun with my bindings (patented), certain improvements are still in order. Around New Year's, I'd been talking about a 'footstop' that prevented your foot from falling off the front edge without having to be strapped into something. All the while, I'd been sitting on a solution!
When COVID broke out, I had ordered some foot pedal door openers to pass out. I happened to gift a set to someone who realized it fit on the Onewheel as a footstop. And thus v1 was born. After 11 prototypes and learning a lot about plastics, I called for a small manufacturing run. After testing, we altered the design slightly and produced twice as many. They were all sold or given out. At some point, I contacted a friend with a 3D printer for help making the pads that the product was missing. Then I bought my own 3D printer. The product morphed from a footstop to a lateral lifting device. Thus, the lifters are the shape they are today.
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