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Has anybody tried the GrassSkis?

post #1 of 15
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http://www.grasskiusa.com/products.html  These folks have a picture of the day on the homepage.

 

Do these work only on groomed grass (the equivalent of a golf fairway), or would they work in deeper grass?

post #2 of 15
I had those yes, closely cut grass is better/faster. Longer grass is slow.
post #3 of 15

The other problem with deeper grass is that it's really hard to rake the rocks out.

 

 

Rocks > 3/4"  tend to catch or tear up the belt.

post #4 of 15

I owned a pair for several years....steep golf-course hills are the best (don't let them catch you), the finer the cut and smoother the surface, the better.  Little bumps and rocks, roots, clumps of weeds..etc. can make you stumble (wear elbow and wrist guards), but you get used to it.

Also, keep a small can of silicone spray handy....keep the roller track wheel contact surfaces well lubricated with silicone (not an oil which will attract grass clippings and gum up the works).  Dew or rain-wetted grass can quickly gum up the works too....  Wicked fun, but no slarving...carve only.  Also...don't lean back...nothing there to lean on.!

 

Best when used with a buddy who also has a pair.

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Originally Posted by Dino View Post

I had those yes, closely cut grass is better/faster. Longer grass is slow.


Naw, you just need the fatter, rockered models for the bottomless grass.  Do they have any bump specific models yet?spit.gif

 

 

Seriously though, good to see someone is selling these in the US again.  I'd love to come across a pair at Goodwill someday.

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.  I'd love to come across a pair at Goodwill someday.

 

Watch out  for crushed or collapsed metal on the inside of the sharp bends.     If you do get a pair, shove a rubber chock or big piece of cork in there.

post #7 of 15

Original Grass Skis (Rollka - Made In Italy) - $75

 

 

San Francisco Bay Area Craigslist - posted 11/05/13

post #8 of 15

I tried them about 30 years ago..the bruises are almost done heeling up.

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I tried them about 30 years ago..the bruises are almost done heeling up.


Ya me too, but I still believe that on a decently turfed terrain they'd be safer than roller blades.  I tried them on rocky, stump filled, off season ski terrain.  It was a disaster haha..

post #10 of 15
Yup, need short grass. They were great for forcing you to carve tho! I actually did a couple if races on them in the 70s:rolleyes
post #11 of 15

Hey, this clip is about 30 years old...

 

 

They make it look so damn easy!  ;-)

 

I did actually see the new Warren Miller ski film last night, and I am Jones'n bad to slide down a hill.

 

But not this bad...

 

post #12 of 15

Did you get them?

The belt on those looks in really good shape. 

Whatever you do, do *not* jump in them. 

post #13 of 15

No. Methinks I will stick to Rollerblades in the off season.  ;-)

 

Just wanted to put it out there in case someone really wanted a pair. In my experience CL buyers are sometimes willing to ship if local pickup is not an option.

post #14 of 15

There is a tiny ski area in Virginia, Bryce, that actually has grass skiing as a summer activity:

 

http://www.bryceresort.com/Summer/Grass-Skiing-and-Boarding.aspx

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There is a tiny ski area in Virginia, Bryce, that actually has grass skiing as a summer activity:

 

http://www.bryceresort.com/Summer/Grass-Skiing-and-Boarding.aspx


They killed weekend hours :(

FWIW, take some out to Whitegrass, Chip won't mind - he used to have a stash of Gates skates in the shop. 

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