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Whipr. A portable 3-in-1 paddle, ski & rowing machine

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Stand-up paddle, cross-country ski & row. Get a full sized workout, pack it down in seconds & store it next to your sneakers.

Whipr is a 3-in-1 stand up paddle, cross country ski and rowing machine (+ more) specifically designed for your lifestyle.

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At just 6x6x6″ (16x16x16cm) and weighing around 6lbs (2.7kg), whipr is conveniently sized to fit in any home gym, studio apartment or workout space. Get a full sized workout, pack it down in seconds and store it next to your sneakers

Whipr is also great for travel as it packs easily in your carry on bag (along with accessories) and is permitted to fly on airplanes… we’ve done it many times. 

Whipr started out as a way to replicate stand up paddling. Once the prototype was built and we started testing we realized it was so much more. Whipr is now a platform for many cardio and rep based exercises and the ecosystem can and will expand. Currently whipr has three primary modalities (exercises): 

  • Stand up paddling
  • Cross country skiing
  • Rowing

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Each modality uses the same whipr base unit and is enabled by the use of accessories. You may purchase the whole package or choose just the accessories you need to match your training and exercise needs. Whipr will accept any handles, straps or bars commonly used on a regular gym cable machine (carabiner attachments)

Switching modalities is as simple as swapping whipr’s orientation and accessories. This takes takes around 15 seconds so it’s easy to set up HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sets using all three modalities. 

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 The whipr base unit is essentially a miniaturized rowing machine 

with multiple modalities (exercises). It completely replaces the big, bulk rowing machines and ski-ergs that you’d usually only find in a gym, in fact to purchase equivalent quality machines for all three modalities would cost you over $4,000 and fill up a small bedroom. Whipr will cost you less than 10% of that amount and it’s around half the size of a basketball.   

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Key Specifications

  • Size =  6.2″x6″x6″ (16cm) 
  • Weight = 6.7lbs (2.7kg) (Production model will be lighter) 
  • Pull cord length = 10 ft (3m)
  • Resistance on the catch (pull) phase of stroke = about the same as a full sized rowing machine 
  • Retraction resistance = none

Resistance Mechanism

The primary source of resistance is the planetary gearbox. Just like water, our gearbox is harder to get moving then keep moving. So once you build momentum whipr rewards your consistency with a slightly easier catch and pull (stroke), just like on the water. Additional resistance is achieved by increasing or decreasing the resistance wheel which engages magnetic resistance on the inside. You can read more about the engineering below.

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Features

On the front of whipr is the pull cord, the digital screen and the inflate and deflate buttons for the inbuilt anchor. The rear of the unit features the resistance adjustment wheel as well as the inflatable anchor (the flap on the back) and the removable webbing anchor for anchoring whipr to any fixed object.

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In re-thinking the ERG machine we first had to figure out how to secure it. Anchoring to a door was the obvious choice but we didn’t want to be limited, so we added a webbing anchor which allows attachment to any fixed object like a tree, couch leg, fence post or tent peg. Basically anything that is heavy or securely fixed to the ground. Whipr is supplied with a webbing strap for objects up to 24″ however any webbing up to 2″ wide will work.

An ergometer, or ERG, is simply a device that measures work or energy expended during a period of physical exercise. The technology behind our digital screen is built but our final design for the user interface has yet to be completed as we want your input. Right now we plan to display commonly used metrics like:

  • Per minute stroke rate
  • Total reps/strokes
  • Count up/down timer
  • Total distance
  • Time to complete distance
  • Calories burned
  • 500m split 

After the campaign is finished we’ll  send out a survey asking what information is most important to you to have featured. After receiving your feedback we’ll finalize the user interface, this is simple programming and is factored in our timeline. 

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Our stand up paddle shaft has been developed in collaboration with Black Project SUP, manufacturers of world championship winning paddles and fins. The paddle shaft collapses into 2 pieces (one of which houses the adjustable shaft length) and is length adjustable to suit any height. The pieces are each 17.5″ long and will easily fit inside a carry on bag (typical carry on bag height is 22-24″).

The paddle shaft is a special blend of carbon fiber that is softer then normal paddles to give it a distinctive ‘alive’ feeling in your hands. We’ve spent a lot of time playing with the right compounds to get it just right and the action is endorsed by world championship paddlers. To attach the paddle shaft simply clip the carabiner onto the whipr base unit.

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The cross country skiing accessory functions similarly to ski-ergs you’ll find in high-end and cross fit gyms. Resistance is engaged with both arms (isolated single arm resistance would require two whipr base units). We’ve built this accessory to be compact and travel easily while retaining full fluid motion.  

To use the ski attachment simply unfold it, hook it over a door frame, attach the pulley to the whipr base unit hook and start skiing. The cord length is adjustable with a convenient system built into the handles and when you’re finished it folds down to just 10″x4″ for easy storage and travel. 

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The rowing accessory was a true engineering challenge! It gives the feeling and action of a full sized rower while being extremely compact. It features a 48″ track to which a sliding seat is mounted. 

The track length is suitable for individuals up to 6’8″ and is a standard length for full sized machines. 

The weight limit is yet to be fully tested but our engineers tell us to expect 300lbs+. 

When you’re finished training, the rower folds down in around 60-90 seconds and can be easily stored.

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