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Biggest Advance in Ski Tech in the last 5 years?

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There was a recent thread about what was the most significant technological advance in the history of skiing. The answers ranged from ski lifts to parabolic skis. Another recent thread talked about buying new skis frequently because of the advances in ski design. So my question is, in just the last five years, what has been the most significant advance in skiing technology?

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AT ski boots for sure.  This is the HOT area in skiing.  In the last 5 years the range of AT boots has increased dramatically.  More light boots, more stiff boots, better range of motion, many more models to choose from for foot fit.

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The most noticeable developments seem to be rocker everywhere and ugly topsheets.  Not sure that either is an improvement.

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5 year frame lets out Dukes and all the current AT competition because they were introduced in 2007. Seem to recall that the BD Factor and the ill-fated original Quest were around before 2010, also, so forget about AT boots. 

 

Not much, is my answer. The last 5 years have seen no significant technological introduction, just a lot of refinement of earlier concepts such as rocker, AT gear, multiple or reverse radius radius skis, and exotic materials. And more sophisticated marketing aimed at aspirational skiers who fantasize about places they'll rarely venture. Seriously, what technology didn't exist before 2010? 

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5 year frame lets out Dukes and all the current AT competition because they were introduced in 2007. Seem to recall that the BD Factor and the ill-fated original Quest were around before 2010, also, so forget about AT boots. 

 

Not much, is my answer. The last 5 years have seen no significant technological introduction, just a lot of refinement of earlier concepts such as rocker, AT gear, multiple or reverse radius radius skis, and exotic materials. And more sophisticated marketing aimed at aspirational skiers who fantasize about places they'll rarely venture. Seriously, what technology didn't exist before 2010? 

 

I think the greater customization options for recreational skiers in the boot market perhaps. I think the Vacuum boot (even if it didn't live up to all the hype) was definitely a push forward in boot fitting tech. @CEM what do you think about that? Has there been a huge jump in ski boot fitting tech?

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I didn't start demo'ing skis until 2008.  Since I'm petite and my first skis after that were K2, I'm sensitive to the total weight of skis even though I'm riding lifts and have no interest in hiking/skinning.  Carrying skis back to the car at the end of the day is enough to make me look for lighter skis/bindings.  The materials and construction that allows DPS and the Head Joy line skis to be very lightweight but still hold an edge seems like something new since 2010.  Is it?

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I don't think there is a massive change in what we are doing in terms of boot fitting from 15 years ago, what has changed is the materials that we are working with, better quality plastics and tools which are more available make the job a little easier to carry out, i think the next 2-3 years will be interesting as everyone tries to produce lighter more mouldable product, i have seen lots of things that are coming for next season and some prototype stuff for 17/18 and the future is looking pretty bright

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