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Lightweight Tube Morphs Into 7 Different Outdoor Tools

Extreme outdoorsmen tend to carry extreme backpacks. Besides skis or snowboards, there’s a lot of equipment to haul up a mountain: chairs, shovels, and possibly a tripod if you plan to document the action.

Leave it to a group of Austrian entrepreneurs to design the ultimate toolkit for extreme skiers, called the Bergaffe . A couple years ago, one of the Bergaffe team members was asked to design a portable bench for a snowboard–so that weary riders could park themselves on the slopes and take a breather. People have recycled old boards into kitschy benches before, but a modular, pop-on, pop-off model didn’t exist yet.


“All existing solutions [for the bench] would require drilling, and therefore damaging the board–rendering it useless,” says team member Laura Stromberger. “So we designed our snowboard-bench solution with brackets. And after that, we realized that this could be much more.”

The Bergaffe is a simple baton-sized tube that connects to other tubes via brackets and hooks (similar to how tent poles lock together), and then connects to additional add-ons that come in the kit, like a shovel blade and a handle. It weighs around seven ounces, solving the problem that skiers and hikers face when packing bags with multiple pieces of bulky equipment.

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The Bergaffe is also designed to morph into other uses beyond snow sports. The tube can, for example, transform into a wall hook for closets or sheds allowing storage for winter coats. The founders hope for a Bergaffe community of users who that can ideate and share new applications: “We provide the possibilities to create new niche product-categories,” Stromberger tells Co.Design. “We want people to build their own solutions, as well as collaborate and to pool their resources.”

Check out the Bergaffe Kickstarter campaign, here.MR