Originally Posted by waxman
"for the BEST description of tele read Kristen Ulmers article in SKIER last month, page 54 or 56 iirc
First: Kristen Ulmer is a poseur and only dabbles in tele.
Second: Does Kristen Ulmer have the education in biomechanics as they relate to knee injuries? Doubt it.
Third: 9 out of 10 doctors with the Steadman Hawkins clinic profess that tele gear is kind to joints.
Okay I made that third one up.
However, my ortho highly recommends the the tele turn to reduce the incident of injury. This advice is based on a study he conducted over three years of data gathering and theories he sought to confirm. His name is Dr. Raub with the Steadman Hawkins clinic in Vail and Vail/Summit Orthopedics. Check it if you like.
Fourth: It is nearly impossible to weight the tails of the ski with tele gear without going down hard in short order. On alpine gear you can do it for years and never fall. You see, the balance point with tele needs to be spot on in order to stay upright. Bondage bindings (read alpine)
allow for a far greater range of fore/aft weight shift without the penalty of falling.
I would submit to you that the wide range of impact absorption with free heel is more forgiving on the body than the lesser range of impact absorption with alpine gear.
But that's just my opinion, I'm not a professional in the science of the body.