Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a pair of intergalactic bamboo ski poles? Something that would help you levitate and fly across powder and through trees and brush?… Well, we did… And then we built them. We proudly present to you: Panda Poles — Intergalactic bamboo ski poles, hand-built in the heart of the Wasatch.
Our poles may look a little weird with their flying saucer baskets, long grips, and grass shafts. And they definitely leave some people a little skeptical to say the least. However, there is a method to this madness… Let us explain:
Intergalactic Powder Cone Baskets–Not only look fast, but actually reduce snags in trees, rocks, and other obstacles, while providing unbeatable float and bite in all snow conditions.
Samurai Style Grips–Extra length equals extra grip potential. Super sticky! Easy to grab!
Bamboo Shaft–Bamboo is so much easier to grow than aluminum or carbon fiber. We know, it's hard to believe…
To give you an idea of who we are a little bit more, here's a rundown on the people behind the Panda Brand:
Panda Poles were developed by Tanner Rosenthal (Tansnowman) over three seasons, with final prototypes and current production model co-developed by Johnny Anetsberger. Oakley White-Allen has taken the role as team manager, and has already assembled an incredible team of athletes including Chris Turpin, Julian Carr, and Chopo Diaz. Tai Robinson, owner of Intergalactic Hydrogen clean fuel vehicles (americanfuelvehicle.com), has stepped onto the Panda scene in a big way and will be heading up business operations, manufacturing, and distributing starting with the upcoming 2011/2012 season.
The following short film by Fletcher Hukari was shot this last May, and gives one a glimpse as to what we are about:
One of the most important initial intents with Panda was that we wanted to express ourselves through positive media to help initiate a shift from the current destructive petroleo-ecological paradigm into a more creative solar economy/ecology.
We find that a mixture of information, humor, and excitement is a great way to get through to everyone. From "Shop Talk", featuring the hilarious Kent Hyden, to the "Panda-Cam", A multitude of short films totaling more than 2 hours of edited footage can be viewed both on our website pandapoles.com or http://vimeo.com/pandapoles.
As of late, there are several collaborative and marketing cross pollination projects happening between Panda Poles and several other companies. Aseda Raw Honey, altabird.com, and thesolarsaucer.com, have all shown huge support for Panda. Keep your eyes out for an Icelantic/Panda collaboration, which has been hot on the discussion board.
We would like to give a huge thanks to Freeskier.com for helping support open source social media–which provides a powerful forum for our community to express itself, and free marketing for little guys like us–and to all the supporters of Panda Poles. Thank you for making this world a better place.