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Say What? Ripley's Believe it or not!

Ripley's believe it or not featured Beardo in it's 2014 hardcover book!  Don't believe it? Here's a photo of the page!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise, founded by Robert Ripley which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims...

Although we're a crazy bunch we don't think Beardo is that out there,  but props for the shout out Robbie!

Ripley's museums are all over the world, notably in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia (two places of significance for the Beardo team!)

I guess Mr Ripley liked to keep warm in winter as well.

detachable moustache beardo

 

 

 

The Beards: We share the same passion

These guys often play in our second home: Byron Bay, Australia (swap the snow for surf!)

They've got built in Beardos.  Every one of their songs is about their (and our) passion: Beards!

Love your beardo like you love your beard.  Know of any similar bands?  We would love you to comment below! 

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Snowboarding Japan Style

There is no board meeting better than a snowboard meeting!
That's why we took our beard hats and skimasks and headed to the Nagano prefecture, which is an amazing area and previously home to the 1998 Winter Olympic games.    After quite a long flight we hopped in a van and traveled another 3 hours to the Hakuba area and booked into the Morino Lodge.  which is owned by an American and a Brit, who is also the town mayor somehow.  Its a great area right at the base of the Northern Alps and the gateway to 10 great ski areas with a total of 200 runs and 139 lifts... its unreal!

                           

We went in March at the end of the snow season so we got a great deal, but was even more happy when we arrived and were hit by the largest snowfall of the season!  The runs were near empty and we had full access to all the areas! We were so happy that we brought some extra Beard hats for the trip as we ended up meeting lots of people that wanted to try them!

During our visit, we were able to ski 5 of the 10 areas and noticed that each offered their own unique qualities.  Our favorite ski areas were Cortina, Tsugaike and Happoone.  Happo one was an all rounder with a range of runs of varying levels, while Cortina and Tsugaike seemed to have endless snow and more advanced runs as well as the tree runs.

The food, people and snow were all really great and we'll definitely go back.  Below is a compilation vid from the whole trip and a few photos of our shenanigans along the way.

 

Beard Hat Reviews

We take shopping seriously! To help potential customers make the most informed decisions possible, we have added a new function that allows you to review all Beardo products!  This new info is clearly displayed on both the product details page and the category pages.  Help us and other potential customers by providing feedback about your Beard hats, beanies, ski facemasks, snow goggles or beermos!

 

We do the best to describe our products in detail and to provide a range of high quality images that will give people a clear idea about what they are buying.  Sometimes though, people want more info and that's where you can help! 

To review a beardo product, simply go to any product page and click the 'write a review' link located under the description.  Be as detailed or as brief as you like, but do try to provide information of value to everyone who reads it.

Just another way that we are working to make your shopping experience enjoyable and informed!  Shop now and take a look at all the reviews that are already posted!

Kickstart my heart: The Beardo kickstarter campaign.

Have you ever been to a busy shopping center and there is a bratty child freaking out and making life temporarily miserable for his mother.  You don't want to stare but you cant seem to look away?  

That is how I would describe the Beardowear kickstarter campaign.

seeking $4,750 to assist us in launching our 360 degree HD ski mask, we were astounded when we tripled our goal!  

Thanks again to our kickstarter supporters for helping keep people warmer on the slopes!  A full writeup will be posted this week by Jeff Phillips about the truth behind the Kickstarter!

 

 

 

Feature Beardo retailer: Coolstuff.com

Coolstuff.com is an online mecca of.......you guessed it: extremely cool stuff.

Based in Sweden, the company strives to deliver interesting, good-looking, & innovative gadgets to it's customers.   

If you're freezing your butt off in Scandinavia or Germany than why not check out their on line store or bricks and mortar location in central Malmo, Sweden.

The Vikings came from Scandinavia and they had the sweetest beards in history, just saying.

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Launcing a Kickstarter Project - Don't kick yourself.

Last season we decided to utilize the immensely popular crowdfunding site, Kickstarter in order to launch our ski facemask product.   We didn't know exactly what to expect on the backend on things as its not really explained fully but we just dove in head first and chose a catchy name: "Winter is DAMN Cold: The Beardo® Keep Warm Project " we thought it had a nice ring to it!
 Before our launch though, we decided to back the 'Polar Pen Project', which was great to see as it grew very quickly but also had some huge issues surrounding Health Canada stepping in due to health risks and hazards with the material they used. It was all very exciting for us to watch as we were about to launch.  Come to think of it we still haven't gotten our pen!  … hmm.   But they did manage to raise over $800k!

Most people do not speak frankly about Kickstarter, but it really is typically used for two main reasons: 

1. Raising funds for creative projects

2. Acting as a pre-sale site so that companies can market test their products popularity before mass production begins.

The reasons for our project were actually threefold; Yes, we too really wanted to market-test our designs and fund-raise, but most importantly was the chance to expand our new designs creative input.   We decided to incorporate a simultaneous design contest into our project and open up a world of possibilities for great new concept design ideas.  We had a few good ones that we previously came up with, but we knew our fans and the 99designs creative site that we used would come through for us too!  Not only were we able to receive creative submissions, but this allowed for us to explain our creative process to our fans and we really liked the back and forth and close discussions that we got into with interested people.  Those really keen attitudes were something that was a unexpected but definitely a pleasant surprise.

 

We got a number of really excellent design ideas and ended up choosing a few of the top ones that we knew would do well, and which others voted on.  Those artists that had their submissions chosen received $250 each in exchange for use of their designs.  I am not sure if other kickstarters have had that level of outside creative input before, but we would highly recommend it!  All in, we had 146 design submissions which can be seen on the 99designs design contest page. In the end we far exceeded our Kickstarter Goal and raised just over $15k which was 300% of our goal!  We were stoked!

The fulfillment process was definitely much more complex than we had thought it would be.  Actually, I am going to call it a nightmare.   We used an outside fulfillment company specifically for this project, but the spreadsheets were the problem.  They all had to be filled out one line at a time with all the relevant info (name, address, phone number, ordered unit barcode etc..).  it wasn't as easy as simply downloading the spreadsheet from Kickstarter because the fulfillment company did not recognize their format.  The other MAJOR issue was that not everyone actually sent us their details.  Even after a number of requests for address info or product choice, and a few weeks after the event, we still had no info for 15% of our supporters.    It got really messy when we realized that certain columns such as 'state/prov' had to be typed in all lower case, when the default for us was capitals.    These little problems made for hours and hours of data entry and followups.  We couldn't imagine the complexity of fulfilling some of those multi-million dollar funded projects

We definitely learned a lot throughout the project though and we had a really good time with it. We are happy to say that since the Kickstarter project we have successfully released a whopping 26 ski facemask designs!   We still have several totally unique concept ideas brewing and perhaps we will launch another kickstarter project again one day.  Until then though, we will keep supporting our favourite projects and coming up with the next hottest product!


We hope you check out our finished skimasks, and give Kickstarter a shot yourself if the creative or entrepreneurial bug bites you just right!

a la Letterman.....top ten reasons to break out the Beardo this winter

From the home office in Whistler, British Columbia.

 

Top 10 reasons to break out the Beardo this winter:

  • a Beardo is a touque (beanie) on steroids 
  • chicks dig beards 
  • some dudes dig beards
  • less itchy than the real thing
  • it's more manly than a wussy hipster manicured beard
  • you'll be well noticed and no one will run into you on the slopes! 
  • it's fuzzy and soft
  • double team it over top of your real beard for double manliness/warmth
  • two words: Playoff Beardo 

And the top reason to break out the Beardo this winter...................

 

  • It's freezing out there!!!

David Letterman

 

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