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post #1 of 6
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I am a high school senior in Engineering Design and Development and am conducting this survey to try and learn more about problems skiers have with there equipment. 

 

Follow the link below to take the survey:

 

 

http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D_KzW46e7QkKiM_yMh_XMnvATO0KvqgdlClylWRGJyg/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true

 

 

Thank You

post #2 of 6

Good luck with your project.  I had a new product design and pitch project in graduate school and over half of the products our class came up with turned out to be already or nearly already available.

 

From the looks of your questions you seem to be on the same track as this product

 

 

Quote:

The $1,295 Ski Boot

As the self-proclaimed “most expensive ski boot on the market,” the $1,295 Apex Ski Boot will undoubtedly turn heads when it debuts next month. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of its features, including the “snowboard-type” inner boot and the company’s unique Carbon Chassis exoskeleton shell.

Apex Ski Boot Features.jpg

 

 

I'd personally like to see WIDER ski boots and a WIDER binding footprint on today's WIDER skis.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you I did not know that they made anything like that.

 

Have you heard of any boot attachment that allows you to hook into skis and snowboards?

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Bradensmith View Post

Thank you I did not know that they made anything like that.

 

Have you heard of any boot attachment that allows you to hook into skis and snowboards?

 

You mean like plate bindings (spademan being one example)?

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spademan_binding

 

There are several pictures of this system on Epicski.

 

 

For snowboards there was a fairly broadly adopted step-in system called  'clicker' :

 

 

If you search for " Nava system "   here on Epic you will see a clicker type variant originally designed for skis, far predating the above K2/Burton design.

post #5 of 6

Tuna, I think he's looking in to bindings that would work for BOTH skis and snowboards for the same pair of boots.  Spademan type plate is barking up the right tree for sure..

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Tuna, I think he's looking in to bindings that would work for BOTH skis and snowboards for the same pair of boots. 

 

Yeh,  I thought  he was going in that direction - if you look at the underside of the clicker snowboard boot above, there is a forward 'hooking' cleat  and a rear 'stepdown'  retention piece.     A horribly similar arrangement exists on Nava boots - forward hooking cleat and a rear 'stepdown' retention piece.       Witness:

 

WANG2

 

 

On the Nava, all the heel lever adds is a) forward pressure to manage ski flex b) a stronger lever than the boot side for edging.     I will allow that 'far predating' might have been too strong in my original post.

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