Post High Design

The most important part of Post High posts is the mats.

Throughout all our testing we identified this as being the most critical part of the setup and use of the posts.

The keys points we wanted to target included:

• Mats absorbing the force of the posts impact through ball and wind
• Weight for kids to hold in their backpack
• How it’s handled
• Safe

Finding the right material was the first step. Silicone and recyclable rubber was used during our prototyping stages. It was determined that recyclable rubber delivered firmness for the raised part of the mat, adding excellent support for the posts whilst at the same time absorbing impact.

The next part was the weight. All prototyping tests delivered results that suggested the weight of the mat should be 1.8kg. For kids however, this was going to be too heavy.

We went back to testing and finally determined that 1.2kg could 1. deliver fantastic results for supporting the posts and 2. still be light enough to carry around in the Post High backpack.

Final piece of the design was how the posts would insert into the mats.

In the first few stages of prototyping, the Post High design team used a cup like support for the posts but unfortunately this wouldn’t allow the mats to stack. The cone idea was the perfect solution.

Having the cone idea created another challenge: to stop the posts from going straight through to the ground.

By creating a ridge through the middle of the base connection of the posts [see diagram] the Post High engineering team found the perfect solution to allow the post to sit firmly in place through the top of the mat whilst preventing it from being pushed through to the ground.

This design not only marriages extremely well with allowing the mat to absorb impact, but it’s also very easy for kids to insert and remove. The simplicity and use for kids was achieved.

We at Post High feel we have produced a really ‘cool’ product designed that kids 5+ can use and setup themselves. From the retractable posts, to the handle on the mats, to the size of the ball, we know kids will love owning and using their very own set of goal posts.

We hope you enjoy Post High.

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