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skiers edge ski machine

post #1 of 22
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What's the deal with the skiers edge?Just watched a demo video and they rave that it will make you a better skier.I would love to try it out but the cost seems a bit steep,anybody have one that could give me some input?
post #2 of 22
I looked at both really hard and made my choice for the ProFitter. Have been using it 4 days a week since Oct 1st and really like it. Check it out:

There are some good reviews here on both check the search engine especially Lisa Marie's comments.
post #3 of 22

do something the rest of the year to compliment your skiing months

or seek the endless winter.
IOh, I toyed with the idea as much as getting on their perpetual mailings program. Actually considered asking them to buy one for the cardiac rehab section where I work except the v.p. that skied was terminated. and they wouldn't have gotten many takers anyway I figure.
Well with the high cost of lift tickets and surviving all other incidentals I'm lacking the desire for the McMansion that would give me a real place to boogie on one in peace and solitude. It doesn't seem like it would keep my attention at any level approaching sati((s)ation-fying. whatever.
Seems a little like one of those short lap pools so that you might be able to be ready for an engish channel swim, well not exactly quite proportional, but some big mountain might swallow you whole if you ain't ready for it.
Walk bike hike ski more than you expect a little more each day, and save on the shipping.v.varmit
post #4 of 22
I demo'd one at the local snowsports show for about five minutes. I was impressed, but not impressed enough to do more than pick up a catalogue to check out the prices. Ouch! That's a lot of skiing. (Let alone the question of where to put it, since my wife's treadmill is currently taking up most of the available space in our living room.)

I would really like to see it some place where I could get access to it in the off season without having to pony up. Had I unlimited funds and a home gym, it would have been on order already.
post #5 of 22
I also tried those machines at ski expo. I liked them a lot but do not think I'll buy one for the same reasons as stated above: price and space.
I tried 4 different types (or maybe those estensions were different). They all have different feeling depending on extensions. They are good for legs workout, good for balance (try doing it without holding the bar). At the same time I'd say it looks like skiing but does not feel much like skiing.
post #6 of 22
I must admit I was a skeptic regarding the skiers edge myself. However my husband convinced me it was a good way to get the muscle memory that would help me advance my skiing faster so when we got the clearance deals post card last summer (2005) we bought one. I really like it and it definitely really helped to advance my skiing. I also like it for a "quick" workout. My legs were in great shape for the season last year. Now that openning days are in site I need to get back on it, but I do think it was worth the money.

A hint is to get on their list and buy when they clear them out over the summer if cost is a real consideration. I found that this cost was roughly the same as a good quality rowing machine so I could justify it.

They also have a very good warranty program it would seem.
post #7 of 22
So what's the deal? Do you wear ski boots while working out on a Skiers Edge?

I've tried one at my health club, and it just doesn't feel right in running shoes. It is a classic with the classic parallel carver which has curved foot beds that don't fit a shoe. The mountain master or RPM attachments with flat plates for foot beds look like they make more sense.

It seems like these things could really reinforce bad habits. There's nothing about it that instills releasing the little toe edge of the inside ski.
post #8 of 22
I picked up a Classic III off of Craigslist, after playing with it for a couple of weeks, I decided to sell it. With the Classic, I just couldn't get the anglation I wanted. I'd image the Big Mountain is better, but the price they go for new is off the charts.
post #9 of 22
Originally Posted by bruno View Post
What's the deal with the skiers edge?Just watched a demo video and they rave that it will make you a better skier.I would love to try it out but the cost seems a bit steep,anybody have one that could give me some input?
Did you see the current DVD? That video has a segment by Victor the Inflictor, World Masters Champion and former top money winner on the Eastern pro circuit. Some SL and GS footage of the Inflictor. Also a bunch of great free skiing including a fantastic old style aerial by the show's host ex World Cupper Graham Bell.

They are expensive but after a few years your per sess cost easily gets down around $5. The WC Plyo is the machine you want. In 4 years I have gone through one set of belts. Definitely set it wide track with the resistance at next body weight up. Use it without the poles, one leg at a time etc to get more burn. They occ'l have sales at around $200 off.

My thing was to compare it with a gym membership and over a 4 year period it gave about the same cost per sess plus you retain the capital improvements. You can play with pressuring turn phases as you work out. Simulate opens to hairpin to flush to opens by turn speed delay etc. Crouch low as you go like a Yugo-slavian.

I am content with the SKier's Edge WC Plyo - I would buy it again.

- Fossil
post #10 of 22

session $5.00

rowboat in a rental basis is always there, priceless. space wise.
Yup indoors though that hurts, but its your castle. Haven't finished the last dvd on the player and probably won't bother with the Edge video until I'm snowed in and can't X-country over to the video shack if it's open.
I don't want to say no it's got a lot of development that gets you exercising and that has got to be a plus while viewing anything on any tube.
Oh Phil was it a drag as far as being able to epicski while using that thing?:
post #11 of 22
Sorry that you did not bump into us at the boston ski show.... my wife is a sponsered athlete for Skier's Edge & we were there w/ the entire demo fleet.

I can say that with confidence, that the machine will boost your skiing & fun!!! We use ours ( not like fanatics thou ) & the dreaded thigh burn is a thing of the past.... I even train tele on it.

If you are in killington, drop a line & we can hook you up w/ a demo.
post #12 of 22
Well, I debated about it for well over a year and a half, and finally bit the bullet and got one last March or so when they had a good offer going. I got the Big Mountain series for the higher slope. It's great exercise and I felt it was really helping me get the rhythm and feel of weight and edge changes. And interestingly, not long after getting it I had my big breakthrough in turning ability. I'm still asking myself whether or not it helped me improve my turns, but it sure is possible. It's a very tough workout which uses ski-specific muscle groups, and definitely helps your endurance on the hill. That fact alone can help in your skiing, and perhaps avoid injuries. It's a beautifully made machine, and I found a way to justify the expense for me. I really like the machine and don't regret buying it despite the price. Skiing is not a cheap sport, after all. If you want to ski a LOT as I do, this machine is a real asset to getting in shape and staying there.
post #13 of 22
I purchased an SIII model a few years back and was not impressed.

I sold it on Ebay for a profit which was funny.

Maybe the newer models give you a better workout but I found that using a BOSU and other balance toys were much better for my muscles.
post #14 of 22
Scalce, I'm not surprised that you sold well on ebay as this device is expensive as a first purchase.

I did have an opportunity to use one at a recent Denver ski show. I was particularly impressed with a new unit using their “slope simulator”. This device better articulated three dimensional forces experienced on a typical run. I also found that without aid of poles or the hand bar my balance and adaptive body positioning was really challenged especially as I ramped up speed and intensity.

Considering all the money I have wasted on nonsense, I could and would justify the cost of this sturdy machine as some have already mentioned. However, as is for many of us, with kids and wife and dogs and cats everyone has a more important investment priority for the family bank.

Good Skiing.
post #15 of 22
try a 3' trampoline and jump side to side. You can vary the angulation, speed, distance of side to side leap, you can also go front to back. This has been a great work out for me this year. very low impact. Best of all they are very cheap.
post #16 of 22
I've used the Skier's Edge a fair bit. I feel that it gives a good workout but not the best for ski technique. It's OK, but you can do as well for le$$ with various workouts and devices. Using the skier's edge in front of a mirror and keeping your upper body stationery is a bigger help than moving about a lot.

post #17 of 22
Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
I've used the Skier's Edge a fair bit. I feel that it gives a good workout but not the best for ski technique. It's OK, but you can do as well for le$$ with various workouts and devices. Using the skier's edge in front of a mirror and keeping your upper body stationery is a bigger help than moving about a lot.
I haven't found any other equipment that works like the Skier's Edge. It simulatess the movements of releasing and extending for a retraction turn. I'm able to work on my balance, tipping, and counter. And it keeps my leg muscles ready for skiing.
post #18 of 22
I've used one for the last 5 years. Bought the S4 first and upgraded to the big mountain plyometric. (sold first for profit on E-bay). I've created quite few workouts using this machine alone and also as part of a circuit. Single leg workouts will burn ANYONE! Also, with out the bar and poles the intensity increases as you have to use way more stabilizing muscles to stay balanced.

Never used any other peice of indoor equipment before, except wind trainer when bike racing. This piece I continue to use regularly year round.
FWIW, I alos track my caloric burn during exercise and can burn 800-1000 per hour in a moderate workout without impact. Knees and ankles appreciate that these days.
post #19 of 22

I wonder

My parents had something very like the skier's edge 35 years ago. I took it out of the closet one summer and went from a pure bomber to a parallel skier before I knew it.

I loved that thing. I don't know how applicable it is to shaped ski technique.
post #20 of 22

I have the Skiers Edge Original for a LONG LONG TIME, since it was first invented I guess


It is EXCELLENT! I used to get sore thigh muscles from my first ski strip of the year, every year, but since getting the Skiers Edge, I never get sore anymore.


It's a great workout and of course it works and builds the muscles for skiing.


The claims that it improves your skiing...  well I don't know about that, but it has helped my endurance and muscles for downhill sking.


It also can be lifted and stored vertically, and then it takes up almost no room at all, can fit behind a door.



Breckenridge, CO

post #21 of 22
I have a skiiers edge that I would like to sell. I bought it a number of years ago. I have some degenerated disks in my lower back and have stopped using the machine. I have two skiing platforms. One that provides two pedals that move independently of each other. When you get more advanced I have the single platform that requires your feet to work in tandem. I'm in DC. Let me know if you have an interest in purchasing a used unit.
post #22 of 22

Sorry to hear about your lower back.  Are you still interested in selling your Skiers Edge?  I would like to purchase a used one.  Which model do you have?  

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