Spleased: a new rental offer in snow sports equipment
A group of players in the world of winter sports in France have joined forces to launch Spleased, a rental offer that differs from existing systems. These are medium-term rental offers, for a few days or long-term rental offers with a purchase option, a leasing formula, such as found in the boating or automobile industries. Launched for kitesurfing equipment during the Nautic 2019 in Paris, it will be completed for windsurfing from the beginning of 2020. The brands involved in the project are AFS foils (Foil&Co company), Inobo, Cabrinha, Noremann flax fibre and Woody Board kite boards, North Kite sails. A partnership with the company Tulip enables us to offer complementary insurance to our clients.
Inobo Kite Boards
A link between the beach hirer and the ski shop
Users can book their equipment online through a platform that has been operational since December 2019. Depending on where he is sailing, he will be able to have his kite board or kite delivered directly to the spot. "The idea is to fill the gap between the beach renter and the specialist shop" illustrates Antoine Raffarin, founder of Inobo, and member of Spleased. "We're not competing with shops for sales. On the contrary, we are discussing partnerships with them. This not only makes it easier to buy new equipment, but also gives flexibility to someone going on a trip to a place where there is not necessarily a rental company. He can choose the right sail he needs, rent it just for the trip and have it delivered directly to his hotel."
The formula is also a good outlet for equipment manufacturers and a vehicle for publicising and testing their products.
Test the leasing in the world of snowsports
Leasing is already very present in many areas. It has been used in the boating industry for many years. It had not yet been applied to the glide. "Our goal is to test for 6 months to see the result. We launched at the show with the kite to test the feeling of the visitors and we will continue with the board from the beginning of 2020" says Antoine Raffarin.