KULKEA (Cool-kee-ah) is a developer of breakthrough ski and snow sport gear, accessories and apparel. We create high-quality innovative ski products that improve the ski experience. We keep skiers going with novel solutions and highly featured products, such as the Ski Trekker ski and boot backpack and Boot Trekker ski boot backpack.
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How it All Began…
2009 Sugarbush, Lincoln Peak (a/k/a “Sugarbush South”) –
Kulkea’s founder, Dave, spent Friday before the trip north pulling all his gear together. Saturday at the mountain he schlepped his gear to the lodge. He dug in his torn bags searching for goggles and gloves. He decided it was time for something better.
The local shops were full of ski and boot bags. Aside from the brand name and flashy colors, the bags were unimpressive. The fabrics and components were low quality. The shoulder straps were more appropriate for a light day bag. Organization was an afterthought. A smartly designed premium backpack didn’t exist.
After the weekend he researched everything from the gear skiers carry to the obstacles they encounter to the changes in ski technology. He spoke with racers, recreational skiers, backcountry skiers, telemark skiers, men, women, kids, teenagers and mature adults about their experiences and expectations. He meticulously reviewed all his research to identify the real needs of skiers while at home, on mountain or in between.
It took three years and the help of designers, engineers, prototyping professionals and countless skiers, and in October 2012 KULKEA released the smartly designed, high quality Boot Trekker – the most ingenious ski boot bag.
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