For the first time in history, we’re using biotechnology and innovative construction techniques to design materials specifically for backcountry skiing and snowboarding.
Instead of being forced to choose from a limited selection of existing materials, we design the performance characteristics we desire directly into the materials we produce. The result is better performing gear, built with renewably sourced materials and designed meticulously to heighten the alpine experience.
performance biobased MATERIALS
We use biotechnology to design our own materials—with performance characteristics that reach beyond what petroleum products can offer.
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Petroleum has historically been a key ingredient in materials across the outdoor industry. But there are only so many types of material innovations and performance gains we can get from petroleum.
Our team of biologists, material scientists, product designers, and backcountry athletes at Checkerspot wanted to break the mold. As a result, WNDR Alpine was born.
Our AlgalTech® materials fuse biomanufacturing, chemistry, and material science with advanced fabrication to unlock better performance.
AlgalTech®: HOW IT WORKS
The process begins with biologists and polymer chemists at Checkerspot’s labs in Alameda, CA, and then transitions to our Design Lab in SLC for materials and product development.
RECLAIMED PERFORMANCE MATERIALS
Globally speaking, the recycling model isn’t working. With little visibility to where our production waste may end up, we’ve taken our facility's old waste materials and started building something new. With SpiralMade™, materials are given new life in new places.
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Rather than striving for the fabled endless circle, we’ve created materials that move from one form to another, while adding benefit to their new application. “Downcycling” bums us out. SpiralMade™ is here to highlight the valuable reprocessing of old waste into new materials that replace imcumbent materials and genuinely make products better.
SpiralMade™ materials utilize production waste from our own facility to improve performance and durability.
SPIRAL PLATE FOR SKIS
SPIRAL INSERT FOR SNOWBOARDS
So why are we doing this?
Product designers in countless industries have historically been constrained to the performance limitations of petroleum products - not because they want to be, but because they have had no other option available.
Our story begins in the backcountry. But true impact comes with the widespread adoption of biomaterials across many industries. Believing in WNDR® Alpine is believing in a world that can be built with more responsibly sourced materials. Starting with WNDR Alpine, our industry partners, and a growing community of innovators, we seek to create paradigm shifting materials, available to everyone and built with a critical purpose. We invite you to join us.