This athlete summit was at ski legend and TNF athlete Scot Schmidt’s 25 acre property in the hills of Santa Cruz. In attendance were the TNF Action Sports design team and a large portion of the male and female ski and snowboard athletes. One important fact to note is that design team and athletes alike are all outdoor enthusiasts, so creating top-of-the line gear ultimately benefits each of us in our lifestyles.
Within 30 minutes of arriving and setting up our TNF tents and laying out our TNF sleeping bags, we changed into our TNF mountain bike gear and went for a 3.5 hour ride in a nice rain storm; everyone was stoked! After burning some calories and warming up around the campfire, it was time to get down to business. We started out by looking at some Spring 2012 (Mountain bike stuff) prototypes; shoes, hydration packs, shorts, and jerseys (it all looks super sick, by the way!). Next we were shown some Fall 2012 protos (ski/snowboard stuff); ski and board travel bags as well as backcountry packs. Next, the athletes give their feedback, be it constructive criticism or high praise, for product features, design, and color, and give ideas for possible improvements. The designers often come back with solid reasons why athlete ideas won’t work; material specifics, things that may happen during production, etc.