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Another useless gadget?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I just got back from my local ski shop in Hiroshima. VonGrinegin(spelling?) is pushing a shoe that originated as a balance rehabilitation shoe that can correct and stimulate correct ski balance while walking, speed walking, or just bumming around.

It has a curved rocker sole...I thought it was gimmicky, at best. But I tried on the 60%(maximum) incline model (there are two) and hey you can practice the "power position" while just standing and walking, amazing! And they don't look like granny's support shoes either...without looking close, they look like 1990s Vans revival knock off skateboard shoes!

I was shown the approval by the Swiss Medical Association (and Germany too?), where they are covered by National Medical Coverage for rehabilitation of hip surgery, imbalance problems after stroke, injury, etc.

Yen 23,000(@110yen=U.S.$1.00)!!! Too rich for my soup but it seems more fun than the roller/board, balance gizmos for sale...

Wadda ya think ya'all (hee hee)

SIDE NOTE:
I also got to see the Race Tech Atomic Boots
Red/White combo (Slalom model) stiffer
Blue/White combo (Demonstrator model) less stiff

As a Technica XT rider, I loved the fit much better than the tri-tech series!
post #2 of 9

Lost in Translation

Sorry to move off your thread, but I was hoping to get some advice about skiing in Japan.

My wife is considering a work move to either Japan or Europe. I live to ski, so guess which one I would pick? But she is focused on Nippon, so I'm trying to get a fix on whether there's any good skiing easily reached from Tokyo. Any advice would be appreciated, in the forum or by e-mail.

And on your post, I've found that the best thing for my balance is time on a Swiss ball, sitting or standing, and lots of one-legged squats with eyes opened and closed. Both are inexpensive options.

Thanks
post #3 of 9
What is the name of the shoes?

Are they only available in Japan?
post #4 of 9
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Another useless gadget?
Man-o-man, my heart skipped a beat when saw this thread. [/wiping sweat off brow]
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Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget
Man-o-man, my heart skipped a beat when saw this thread. [/wiping sweat off brow]
Did you think this thread was about you?
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Did you think this thread was about you?
What Carly Simon song . . . .
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Answer to Flatland...

"My wife is considering a work move to either Japan or Europe. I live to ski, so guess which one I would pick? But she is focused on Nippon, so I'm trying to get a fix on whether there's any good skiing easily reached from Tokyo. Any advice would be appreciated, in the forum or by e-mail."

If you take a look at all the past threads under my handle, you should find out the areas close to Tokyo- in Nagano Prefecture, that I felt were relatively world class level, so to speak. The great thing about living in Tokyo, is it is posible to to a r/t on the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) and get in 3/4 day of skiing at a great area like Naeba Ski Area and be back home by 10PM or so on the same day! There are package galore by JR (Japan Railways), which include the lifts with your train ride.

Besides my opinion, I will let facts speak for themselves. Every season I drive 11 hours via freeway, one way to get to these areas. It is that good. I have not gone back home to Mammoth Mountain for the last three years after discovering the variety of these ski areas.

I am going to Southern Germany this Spring for four weeks and am debating whether to take the train or rent-a-car from Stuttgart to Innsbruck (Stubai Valley, etc.)...vs. staying in within Germany to ski. Maybe you can help me with my questions.

If you need anymore specific info, let me know.
post #8 of 9
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Reply to Scarce

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Originally Posted by Scalce
What is the name of the shoes?

Are they only available in Japan?
No, I was told they are retailed in Switzerland and Germany. Only some speciality shops have them in Japan. I'm sorry I don't have the web site. If you want the site, let me know and I will call and get iti for you. I thought I would find them easily under Von Grinigen's name but to no avail.

Last week I saw another person wearing them at a different ski shop, extolling the virtues of his "shoes."
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hahahaahahahha

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Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget
What Carly Simon song . . . .
No puns intended Inspector-san. You are definately not useless in any manner or form!
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