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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

OK all you expert racers. So, we've got a debate on wearing speed suits relating to comfort with the boot - (Beer League, Masters, NASTAR). Provide more input for us to argue about while tossing a few down! How do you fix the bottom of your speed suits so the material doesn't bunch up if worn under the boot neck? Or, do you prefer stretching it over the top of the boot? Or, spend a few bucks and tailor the length of the suit? What do you do? Do you know what WC'ers do?

post #2 of 19

I think if you watch the WC, that most go over their boots for better aerodynamics (perceived or real?). But then again they only wear them once for speed events and a couple of times for tech events.
 

post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by ZeroGravity View Post

I think if you watch the WC, that most go over their boots for better aerodynamics (perceived or real?). But then again they only wear them once for speed events and a couple of times for tech events.
 

 

Do world cup racers really get a new speed suit after every DH / SG race?  That seems a bit excessive.

 

I can see their suits getting replaced after you've bashed your way through a forest of GS or SL gates a few times, but I didn't think they're usually hitting the gates in DH or SG.

post #4 of 19

Always wore mine over the boots, helps keeping out some snow... also I can't think that having it inside the boot would be comfortable. 


Edited by jzamp - 12/12/12 at 12:29pm
post #5 of 19

100% experience wearing the speed suit over the boots. Tucking in does not seem at all practical - I fill the top of my boot with my lower leg.

post #6 of 19
Over the boot.
I often wonder why the WC'ers leave the power strap hanging out, seems like it could be a hazard to me.
JF
post #7 of 19

Based on the condition of my daughter's speed suits (she's not around to ask these days), definitely OVER the boot.  

 

The whole point of a "race fit" on boots is to communicate as directly as possible with the ski.  Any material being shoved in the boot is going to interfere with that.

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks all.

post #9 of 19

This may be the most consensus ever achieved on Epic.
 

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

Wonders never cease.... and I get some free beer

post #11 of 19

Not sure if I should reply since calling myself an "expert racer" may be stretching things, but I always put the bottoms over the boot. Keeps out snow and the material would interfere with the fit of the boot at the cuff.

post #12 of 19
This sounds to me like the definition of Racer Gaper. biggrin.gif
How, by any stretch of the imagination, could anyone think of trying to put the speed suit cuff inside the boot??!! Unless your speed suit is actually stretch pants from the dh racer era.....

And yes, as ZG indicated, the WC speed guys normally use a new suit each race. Not because of damage but because the new suit can be a few tentths faster. I have bought a few wc suits that have been raced once and it is virtually impossible to see any difference but I understand it is there on the clock. Oh, and I have also looked at some that have been through high speed falls- sliding on that surface literally burns through the suit!

4ster, I suspect the power strap is hanging out because they do the same as many of us mere mortals. One of the last things you do as you are getting ready in the start gate is give an extra cinch down on the booster strap. I normally have the cuff of my suit over the booster but the loose end hanging out exactly for that purpose
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

This sounds to me like the definition of Racer Gaper. biggrin.gif
How, by any stretch of the imagination, could anyone think of trying to put the speed suit cuff inside the boot??!! Unless your speed suit is actually stretch pants from the dh racer era.....
And yes, as ZG indicated, the WC speed guys normally use a new suit each race. Not because of damage but because the new suit can be a few tentths faster. I have bought a few wc suits that have been raced once and it is virtually impossible to see any difference but I understand it is there on the clock. Oh, and I have also looked at some that have been through high speed falls- sliding on that surface literally burns through the suit!
4ster, I suspect the power strap is hanging out because they do the same as many of us mere mortals. One of the last things you do as you are getting ready in the start gate is give an extra cinch down on the booster strap. I normally have the cuff of my suit over the booster but the loose end hanging out exactly for that purpose

 

Agreed, tucking into boots just looks gaperish :). Also, do people wear speed suits for NASTAR GS type racing?

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
 Also, do people wear speed suits for NASTAR GS type racing?

Believe it or not, they do.  Even in a short course it can make close to a 1 second difference especially if the course is straight & flat.  Pacesetters are given 2 handicaps at the pacesetter trials, 1 with a suit the other in a coat &/or warm-ups.

 

ScotsSkier, that is what I suspected, it just seems that with a coach right there in the start they would tuck it in at the WC level.

 

JF

post #15 of 19

Perfect user name....Gaperacer!!

post #16 of 19

Over the boot.  Suit makes about a 1 second diff for a good skier in a 30 second course.   In the Wachusett League - Everyone fast wears a suit.

post #17 of 19

Legs of Your spandex suit  go IN  the BOOT

 

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1000

post #18 of 19

I do miss the tight stretch pants!!
 

post #19 of 19

Nothing inside the boot but your foot and your sock!!

 

Karl
 

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