post #31 of 54
12/28/07 at 2:31pm
...Under that beautiful snow(about 6 inches in the short time we were skiing) was the most beautifully sheet of ice.:
...Downhill Ice Skating!
I have seen the RaxSki....definitely....ah...."different".
Dangerous looking corn snow tool.
I dunno if I want to try them or not.....(conflicted).
...OK, I probably would try them....I ain't skeeerd...
T-Square's comment about the ski being adjustable like a boot is a good one ! Jonnyhifi is right-on with the comment about the soft-ski/stiffer ski progression typically found in ski skill hierarchies today and how you really don't need all the hardware to get what some particular level of skier might need. Trouble is...you need to buy either a soft ski, moderate or stiff ski to get the behavior you want. I like having a soft snow ski, an "all terrain" ski and a stiffer race-carving ski in my quiver so I can pick the right tool for the conditions. Anton has invented a fairly simple concept to allow you to make a nearly camberless, soft ski (really friendly in the bumps and for beginners) into a stiffer tool for carving serious arcs on hard snow by spinning two adjusters. Spiffy concept that actually works (for once in skiing history!)
The Anton Gliders, while REALLY expensive right now, should drop in price once manufacturing costs can be reduced (which I hear they are doing for next year on some models). Rumor has it the $1800 price point is one target...sure, still expensive, but pretty darn close to the $1200-$1500 prices some high-end skis from large manufacturers are listed at these days...
The Gliders are a great proof-of-concept you can actually buy (and rent w/lesson at Bretton Woods). While definitely weird looking at first, the proof is in the turns and adjustability. These things actually make cool turns with very little effort, and you can completely change them from floppy-soft noodles to firm-and-rowdy race carvers by twiddling the adjusters.
I have not had a chance to try any of the "race kits" for them (Jay Frischman says he has such things floating around their workshop)...but I can only imagine they really work. (Jay Frischman has told me he has taken the Carbon EX model into some Nastar/Beer League courses and kicked butt on occasion...much to the horror of the pure race-ski folks watching...)
We will have some more videos very soon of the Gliders in action and how they adjusters work...I will post them here and at ExoticSkis.com. We should have a pair of Anton Gliders in the ExoticSkis fleet on snow this week!...We'd like to post some info on how the Gliders really work as a daily ski in the longer term....stay tuned...
Now...if they could build the same adjusting mechanism into a powder ski.....
One of the things that is neat about the Anton Gliders is that everything is adjustable. The preload springs can be changed. So you can adjust the stiffness by putting in stiffer springs. (You could even have different stiffness springs front and rear.) There are plugs under the binding that can be changed out with different density plugs to change the under foot feel. These can also be adjusted as to when they contact the ski as it flexes to change the radius of the ski.
All things considered, the Anton Glider is a geeky ski. And I say that in a very complementary way. If you want a ski that you can fiddle with and get to perform the way you want it to, this is about the only option out there. I've watched pros fiddle with boot adjustments to get what they want. This ski has similar options for the carving tool.
What I'd like to see is Anton Gliders get on the race circuit. (I don't know if this would be considered a "race legal" ski.) Adjusting the skis could become just as important as how they are tuned. If someone can cut tenths of seconds off their runs with these skis, you'd see every manufacturer going this way.
As far as having all the extra camber held in place by the springs, this allows for a more forgiving environment on a softer ski. If you get out of position on the ski (in the backseat), the tip of the ski will still engage the snow and carve. Same for the tail. You couldn't get this with a highly cambered stiff ski. It just wouldn't feel the same to the skier.
The skier uses a bit of knee angulation there thus amateur viewers may not credit that for showing "very little effort".
Any one-legged stuff?