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Ski Brakes in Powder?

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I have powder cords for the rare instance that I have to look for one that runs away some on the deep stuff.  It's been twenty years since people started making and selling a ton of fatter powder skis.  How come nobody's put out a "powder brake"?  Surely someone could develop a brake that has some extra prongs and webbing that deploy like little umbrellas to grab more snow in the deep stuff.  At the very least the brakes for wider skis should have LOOOOOONGER prongs.  Come on bears, toss out some ideas and designs that resolve the problem of losing skis in the deep snow better than tying streamers to your skis.

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

  At the very least the brakes for wider skis should have LOOOOOONGER prongs.

 

Why?   It's not like narrower skis were actually stopped in powder by existing prongs.   There's just simply not enough surface area there to create significant drag.     It's like trying to slow down a supertanker with a longer crew oar. 


What you're really looking for is not a brake but an airbag, one per ski.      


Or something that would use the surface area built into the ski itself in a drag configuration.    

-  Imagine a sprung hinge in the middle of the ski that, as soon as your ski comes off, folds the ski to close to a 90-degree angle. 

 

- Imagine an impeller built into the binding that, as soon as your ski comes off,  *spins* the ski to randomize its orientation relative to its initial direction of travel.    This could probably be done with pressurized gas. 

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Come on bears, toss out some ideas and designs that resolve the problem of losing skis in the deep snow better than tying streamers to your skis.

don't fall... problem solved! ;-)
post #4 of 6

Miniature drag chutes.

That was easy.

post #5 of 6
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Drag chutes is pretty close to what I was thinking.  Something like an upside down umbrella that shoots out and down about 3" longer than the traditional brake, a sleeve that doubles the length of the brake spike then pops the umbrella open.  I guess the downside is that you might have to take your gloves off to squish it all back down before trying to get your ski back on your boot, something that is already difficult on steep and deep terrain.

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

Drag chutes is pretty close to what I was thinking.  Something like an upside down umbrella that shoots out and down about 3" longer than the traditional brake, a sleeve that doubles the length of the brake spike then pops the umbrella open.  I guess the downside is that you might have to take your gloves off to squish it all back down before trying to get your ski back on your boot, something that is already difficult on steep and deep terrain.

 

Or you could turn the brake sideways and lengthen it to say, approximately forearm length, which would give you leverage to twist it back to line up along the ski.   Which brings us back to the spinner idea above, except mechanical instead of gas. 

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