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do you use super techy gear?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm a writer for a mainstream ski mag, and I'm trying to do an article on dedicated skiers who are deeply into its more technical aspects -- anyone who's obsessed with measuring their skiing, especially if it involves super-techy gear: not just wrist altimeters and vertical-feet counters, but equipment that gauges how much pressure they're putting on each ski, or that measures the curves of their carves -- or whatever. Anything in that vein, probably involving stuff I can't even imagine. Anything that people use to measure (and compare) their skiing, or that helps them ski better or measures the humidity/pressure and convinces them to stay outside or call it a day, etc. Even (or especially) if they built it themselves. In a word, anything geeky.

Know anybody like that? PM me. Feel free to forward this inquiry along, and tell those people to forward it along as well. Any help with this is much, much appreciated.
post #2 of 16
You, my friend, have stumbled onto skier 'geekiness' Nirvana. Welcome.

Use the search function and check:

Hot box
Hybrid XT
Ski balancing/ Alignment
Physicman's sidecut calculator

That should get you started with research.
post #3 of 16
Whiteroom:

Hot box
Hybrid XT
Ski balancing/ Alignment
Physicman's sidecut calculator

me:

The Ski Coach
infrared thermometer
laser thermometer
GPS
Suunto
Harb Carver
boot dummy
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
.....The Ski Coach...
He said techy, not dorky.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. No luck finding the hybrid xt -- won't search on xt. Can you give me a brief picture of what it is?
post #6 of 16
A Frankenstein boot made with aTechnica XT .
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Whiteroom:

Hot box
The Ski Coach
Suunto
Harb Carver
boot dummy
Can someone please clarify what these are?

Thanks.

Also, is it worth it bringing a GPS out on the hill to see how fast you go? I want to try it with my eTrex, but don't want to loose it, or crash into something because I was watching my gps.
post #8 of 16
Filipo - Are you talking about stuff to measure your skiing while you are skiing or getting set up before going skiing? There are lots of tweaks and tricks you can do before skiing, but while actually skiing - altimeter watches and GPS are about all I have heard of lately.
post #9 of 16
And BTW I am HIGHLY cynical about the ability of GPS to measure actual speed while arcing turns on snow.

I just don't think GPS units are smart enough to be able to tell speeds in curves which are also relatively short in relation to the accuracy of the unit. I know people have said that when they are in their car driving in a straight line the GPS is reasonably accurate at measuring speed. But has anyone driven in a continuous circle in a parking lot at a set speed and seen what their GPS is telling them about their speed?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by kiwiski View Post
And BTW I am HIGHLY cynical about the ability of GPS to measure actual speed while arcing turns on snow.

I just don't think GPS units are smart enough to be able to tell speeds in curves which are also relatively short in relation to the accuracy of the unit. I know people have said that when they are in their car driving in a straight line the GPS is reasonably accurate at measuring speed. But has anyone driven in a continuous circle in a parking lot at a set speed and seen what their GPS is telling them about their speed?
I've used a GPS on my bike side by side with my bike computer (both road and MTB). Their speed readings are almost identical to one another. Besides, the only time I would care about a speed reading from a GPS while I was on skis would be when I was going in a straight line
post #11 of 16
Unless your doing some sort of graduate degree, the only thing I can think of is a GPS or a video camera.

Lonnie,
Kiwiski is right; the GPS gives the point to point horizontal speed along the chord of the curve, not the arc speed, and it ignores the vertical component.
post #12 of 16
I have a friend who clocked himself at 77mph on a 160cm pair of Line skis, he weighs about a 145lbs and was in loose clothing. I really doubt the accuracy of that.
post #13 of 16

Open minds and all

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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
He said techy, not dorky.
One man's tech is another...
post #14 of 16
A person on my ski patrol has a radar gun (he used to race 3 wheelers and has it for that). A racer I was talking to said he was clocked at like 57 MPH on his Volkls.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by filipo23 View Post
... or that measures the curves of their carves -- or whatever.
you mean, like a trench-o-meter?

now THAT's a nice little gadget.
post #16 of 16
I have a Bar-o-meter

No, not the kind of thing you hang on a wall.
While skiing, I pootle along at a happy 10mph. Sometimes it must be nearly 11, if I'm feeling racy.

When I leave the slopes and retire to the bar for a bit of apres, my Bar-o-meter kicks in, and multiplies everything by a factor of 5-10. So, an 8 degree incline becomes 40 degrees, and 10mph becomes 100mph.
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