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Sore knees? Not any more - I've got my mojo back!

post #1 of 18
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As some of you may know, I've got dodgy knees, and have had for over 20 years now. For the last decade, I've kept skiing with a mixture of strong pain killers and hinged knee braces. Using these, I can manage about 3 consecutive days on the slopes before I need to take a day off to let the swelling and pain in my knees die down.
Not any more! Very Happy

About 4 years ago I heard of a new product called the ski mojo, that sounded like it might work for me. Unfortunately some of the early testers I spoke to had issues with it, so I avoided it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I heard a new version of it was out, and that friends of mine in the US & UK were raving about it, so I got a pair before heading off to Italy last week.

I spent 5.5 days skiing harder and faster than I have ever done before. I took a coule of pain killers but that was for shoulder pain. At the end of each day, I'd do the final run top to bottom without stopping. Hitting rough/bumpy stuff was no problem as these things took the stress off my knees. When I wanted to, I could get my skis to angles I've not managed before and carve hard through turns, or just hold a tuck for as long as I wanted to.
By the end of the trip, my right knee felt like it had maybe done half a day's exercise, but apart from that, my legs felt fine.

So, that's it, I've found something that helps me ski without the pain in my knees. If you've got knee problems, they might be worth a look... www.skiallday.co.uk

post #2 of 18

Wow, I'm really tempted to try these out. Look like they're a lot less of a PITA than the CADS system that I've seen before. I wonder if they'd eliminate my need for knee braces?

post #3 of 18

No retailers in the US. Business opportunity?

post #4 of 18

You made my day.  I have been considering this product for several months ever since I discovered it on the web. I found a few reviews, but nothing recent - so thanks for posting.  I am a strong skier, but my knees are shot and like yourself can only ski for a few days before having to ice and rest.  Your story sound too good to be true - but you do not appear to be a company rep (?) so I am going to give it a shot on my upcoming trip to Alta.  BTW - Ski-Mojo has a Buy 2 Try program where the product can be returned (with a fee) if it doesn't work for you. I  will let you know the outcome. 

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by napavalley1 View Post

You made my day.  I have been considering this product for several months ever since I discovered it on the web. I found a few reviews, but nothing recent - so thanks for posting.  I am a strong skier, but my knees are shot and like yourself can only ski for a few days before having to ice and rest.  Your story sound too good to be true - but you do not appear to be a company rep (?) so I am going to give it a shot on my upcoming trip to Alta.  BTW - Ski-Mojo has a Buy 2 Try program where the product can be returned (with a fee) if it doesn't work for you. I  will let you know the outcome. 



Good luck with them, and Alta.

No, I don't work for the company, but after years of problems, they worked for me.

post #6 of 18

Ordered a pair. Should arrive this week. I'll be trying them out this weekend and will report back on my experience. I've been skiing with knee braces for 25 years so I'm used to the hassles of getting suited up in the morning. It appears that once I get this system dialed, it should be faster than my knee braces. Let's hope.

post #7 of 18

Mine will be arriving next week and I will be trying them out the first week of February.  Sinecure - I will be very interested in your experience. 

post #8 of 18

Arrived yesterday. Going to set them up today and ski them tomorrow. Will report back.

post #9 of 18

Dear Sincure - How did they work for you?

post #10 of 18

Meh.

 

I spent some time reviewing the printed instructions as well as the online videos so that they were hopefully set up properly. Despite this, the lower part of the device really pressed into my calf muscle on the back/outside. I don't know if I set them up wrong, or if my massive, manly calves are just too large for the device. I also found that most slow-motion ski related things become annoying with the devices engaged. Skating up hill, side-stepping or just low-speed stuff along a flat area seem to be impeded by the device.

 

I also found the butt-strap contraption that connects at the top of the device to be really annoying. I would probably get used to this, and could definitely put up with it if overall the device worked better, but it was a pain.

 

At the end of the day I found myself wishing that someone would build the spring-loaded functionality of this gizmo into my Asterisk or CTi2 knee braces. After two days of trying the devices I went back to my Asterisk knee brace yesterday. At the end of a long day of skiing, my knees hurt less and I was less tired than either of the two previous days - both of which were not nearly as long in terms of miles skied, nor hard in terms of terrain.

 

Bottom line - I guess I'm going to find out about ski-mojo's return policy and wait on the next version of this. Bummer. I was really hoping this would be a great solution.

post #11 of 18

Sorry to hear it didn't work out better for you Sinecure- WTFH's post and the Mojo website got me thinking that this might be good for me coming back after my 2nd ACL (with a major meniscus repair).

 

Couple ?s

 

The mojo site says you can wear it over a knee brace, did you consider this as a viable option?

Do you think any higher speed skiing activities would be impeded?  i.e. like a aerodynamic racers tuck or a retraction turn?

 

Thx and best of luck!

post #12 of 18

I didn't try it on over my knee brace after feeling how tight it was to my lower leg w/out the knee brace. Plus, I put on enough crap already. Knee braces (2), back protector, helmet. It takes me 15 minutes to get dressed as-is. The fact that it didn't add a ton of help really made me less inspired to play around with it a lot.

 

I got the feeling that the support/pressure that it adds is linear. As in, same amount of resistance when leg is nearly straight as when knee is bent to nearer 90 degrees. As a result, retracting legs for cross-under type turns will be a bit more difficult than normal. I didn't get much time to experiment with this at high speeds though. I was experimenting with how it felt when I pressured the uphill ski at turn initiation and moved my COM down the hill (into the inside of the turn). I did feel some assistance there and that was welcome. But I really expected to see increased resistance as flexion increased and I didn't feel that. On the second day I adjusted the part that attaches to the boot toward the outside (lateral) side of the boot in hopes this would lessen the pressure I felt on my calf. It did help the pressure a little, but it also seemed to increase rotational resistance when I tried to rotate my inside ski/foot/leg toward the inside of the turn (in other words, turning to the right, I felt added resistance to my right foot turning).

 

Tucking might actually be aided by the device. You can effectively use the resistance to rest a bit when in a tuck. It isn't hard to lower your butt with the devices on. It is, however, a bit hard to raise your foot. It was also quite funny the one time I forgot to disengage the device when getting on the chair. The chair was really low (good for short kids), which made it much easier on my knees when sitting down. But as soon as my skis left the ramp, my legs straightened out and my tips came way up in the air. This could be seen as a benefit to some, I suppose. But they suggest you disengage the switch that turns on the spring when you ride the chair.

post #13 of 18

I am back from Alta (which BTW while I was there received 12" of snow - so I was able to test the device in powder - albeit a bit heavy).  I had both my knees injected with cortisone before I left - so there was a confounding factor, but all things considered I returned with less knee pain and swelling than I usually do. It was a bit of a pain to obtain the correct power setting - I had to double the recommended setting, and the boot attachment (temporary) kept loosening AND there was a bit of a quality control issue with the straps coming loose from the belt (easily fixed).  I found that it did help my skiing position a bit - no back seat for me - almost impossible when wearing it.  In summary - it cannot hurt  I believe that it actually does relieve some stress on my knees and does not impede my skiing.

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

Yes, it's an old thread, and yes, I don't post that much any more, but I just thought I'd give a bit of an update. I skiied last season with them on and they saved me a lot of pain. I've just been fitted with the new version, which have poppers at the tops of the rods - meaning they won't slip out of the waistband when sitting on a chairlift (my old ones did that a couple of times).

I'm off to Italy in 4 weeks time and I can't wait.

 

I say "I can't wait", the problem is I now have to wait for Helen to catch up with me, rather than it being the other way around.

post #15 of 18

Glad you posted this wtfh to remind us to let people know that we did indeed change the design to a popper attachment last season.

 

There has now been a product page created which gives some information on what a ski-mojo actually is and does.

 

 

We are also offering a 10% discount to all epicski members... all you have to do is quote epicski  when ordering.

post #16 of 18

Sven Coomer - the man behind the modern ski boot design, ZipFit liners, and DownUnders footbeds, has written about using this device and how it enables him to ski without pain again.

post #17 of 18

Sven is indeed a big fan of the ski-mojo.

 

Here are some edited highlights of his opinion.

 

I skied in the Ski-Mojo yesterday with absolutely extraordinary satisfaction to

be skiing really hard the way I used to before my knees and tendonitis crippled

me

 

What a thrill to be skiing without pain and without concern for doing more damage,

while skiing as hard as my muscles-tendons can support right now.

Clearly this should become standard equipment for all skiers ...

since helmets and back protectors are now favored and other Gladiator-like body

armour is standard equipment for all racers.

It's snowing here again ... finally

Looking forward to more very happy skiing.

Big cheer,

Sven.

 

Still ... I think that the real potential is in exposing this to skiers as an essential

piece of every skier's equipment ... not just for the invalids, as I used to be,

doomed as I was by the orthopods who insisted my only solution was knee

replacements, before my insurance canceled me as a "pre-existing condition".

Yet for the athletes and serious skiers who want to ski with more control, added

protection, less or no arthritic grinding in the knees and less fatigue this is as

basic as a climbers or a sailors harness.

 

 

For anyone who would like to read all his full reports and comments including a lot of technical information please pm me.

post #18 of 18

The ski-mojo was featured in CNN sport skiing products programme last week. Filmed in Val D'Isere

 

Here is the link

 

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/sports/2013/12/13/spc-alpine-edge-ski-gadgets.cnn.html

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