Back country skiers have adaptable equipment for going up and down terrain. (There are no lifts off piste.) When ski touring up a hill, the toe of the ski boot is fixed to the ski and the heel is free to move up and down - similar to walking. To make this walking action easier, AT ski bindings have a loop of metal wire called a heel lifter that can be rotated to support the heel so it feels like walking up steps. This feature works great, but it's just not easy to fold out or fold away.
Think about it - You're standing on uneven ground, wearing gloves on your hands, your feet are strapped to a pair of skis or board and you're trying to catch your breath. Now try and use a ski pole to push or pull a loop of wire on the back of your boot. If you've ever been skiing or boarding, you'll understand just how awkward it can be to maneuver your body to adjust any of your gear on the fly.
The Lift ski pole solves an ease of use problem with a simple ski pole basket redesign. The Lift ski pole basket uses a dual compound soft and hard plastic construction, and specially designed hook geometries to make adjusting heel lifters easy.
The Lift ski pole is being launched on Kickstarter until 21 February 2014 - Please support.
Update 27 March 2014 - FUNDED
The Lift Basket Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded on 22nd February 2014, and product is shipping! Now I just need some snow.
See http://www.liftbaskets.com/ for more details.