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I looked at some earlier posts but I did not see anything about noise. The price is high, but I'm considering a SkiersEdge for Christmas. My biggest concern is noise. I can't use a machine that makes as much noise as a noisy treadmill and it looks like it has a lot of moving parts that might be noisy. Anyone with any experience about these machines feel free to weigh in with your opinions.
Merry Christmas.
post #2 of 13
Save your money and and buy a big ball to work out on. PM Lisamarie
she can fill you in.
post #3 of 13
We have both. The Skiers Edge is not as noisy as the treadmill in use, with its motor and pounding. But it's not quiet either.
post #4 of 13
Save your money. The Skier's Edge is a good cardio workout, not much special regarding skiing skills, fair balance workout, and you can get more benefit for less money elsewhere.

If one does have the Skier's Edge, try it in front of a mirror where you can see to keep your head and shoulders stationary while your feet and legs do all the work. That's where the Skier's Edge might be especially useful.
post #5 of 13
I'm a big fan...I've definitely stepped up both my technique and my stamina complements of the Skiers Edge...no more thigh burn, lost a few pounds and feel like I can ski all weekend and I've skied my best this season..nothing has changed (except me getting older!) except for my purchase and use of the Skiers Edge and I'm in top form (at least for me).

Is it noisy?...yes, but not crazy noisy and not an annoying sound...the noise comes from the bands going back and forth and it does generate some noise. The good news is that they just announced the QS5 or something like that which is basically a much smoother operating set of rollers that makes it feel like you're powder skiing and is 100 times quieter...costs an add'l $750 or so which is why I havent gone this route.

My suggestion, get the Edge and if the noise is too much for you, you can always then get the QS5.
post #6 of 13
I must be missing something about this machine. My buddy gave me his because he wanted it out of his family room downstairs. Its an early model one , but I never was able to really equate the movement pattern on the machine to simulate skiing. Now I never use it.

Plus I have to jog or the dog doesn't get to work out!
post #7 of 13

skiers edge works great

I have one and it works very well. I recomend it. The older models like mine are very noisy. They came out with an upgrade kit for the older ones to shut them up. I do not have the kit, but saw the newer models with the new quieter track, If noise is an issue a I would recommend that you go with one of those. It is more fun than a treadmill and I think that you get a more skier specific work out.
post #8 of 13
My friend has one. It will definately give you a good workout. Not sure how much really translate to skiing, however. Good workout for the quads and lower legs. It will perhaps teach you to keep your upper body still.

My only complaint about it is that it is extremely overpriced -- quite absurd actually. It seems like anyting related to skiing is always overpriced, regardless of the product. Just attach the word skiing to a product, put a rediculoulsy high price sticker on it, and skiers will buy it. My overall impression was that its a glorfied stair climber that slides sideways.

When my friend first showed me and I looked at the setup and he told me how much he paid, I said, "You paid $1,600 for what amounts to a rail and sliding foot pedals attached by a belt???!!!"
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
Save your money. The Skier's Edge is a good cardio workout, not much special regarding skiing skills, fair balance workout, and you can get more benefit for less money elsewhere.

If one does have the Skier's Edge, try it in front of a mirror where you can see to keep your head and shoulders stationary while your feet and legs do all the work. That's where the Skier's Edge might be especially useful.
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Originally Posted by MojoMan View Post
My friend has one. It will definately give you a good workout. Not sure how much really translate to skiing, however. Good workout for the quads and lower legs. It will perhaps teach you to keep your upper body still.

My only complaint about it is that it is extremely overpriced -- quite absurd actually. It seems like anyting related to skiing is always overpriced, regardless of the product. Just attach the word skiing to a product, put a rediculoulsy high price sticker on it, and skiers will buy it. My overall impression was that its a glorfied stair climber that slides sideways.

When my friend first showed me and I looked at the setup and he told me how much he paid, I said, "You paid $1,600 for what amounts to a rail and sliding foot pedals attached by a belt???!!!"
Actually a pretty sophisticated and very well built and engineered product that's elegant in its simplicity (starting to sound like an infomercial!!).

The beauty of the machine is that it reinforces and builds strength around a lateral motion and it's very tough to find other machines that work the ski muscles as well as the skiers edge does.

If you're dedicated to your sport and want the bet ski-specific workout, I don't know of anything other than the skiers edge that will do that for you. It also happens to be fun once you get on it and get used to it. I hate treadmills, stairclimbers, bowflex, etc...skiers edge is really easy to get hooked on and is pure fun.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
Actually a pretty sophisticated and very well built and engineered product that's elegant in its simplicity (starting to sound like an infomercial!!).

The beauty of the machine is that it reinforces and builds strength around a lateral motion and it's very tough to find other machines that work the ski muscles as well as the skiers edge does.

If you're dedicated to your sport and want the bet ski-specific workout, I don't know of anything other than the skiers edge that will do that for you. It also happens to be fun once you get on it and get used to it. I hate treadmills, stairclimbers, bowflex, etc...skiers edge is really easy to get hooked on and is pure fun.
You will certainly get a workout in the core leg muscles used for skiing. It should also strenghten the knees. In essence, it is basically a fittness machine that works many of the muscles employed while skiing. I am not knocking the product, just the rediculously absurd price.

Cheap option:

Spend $15 a month for a gym fee. Usie the lateral crunch machines at any gym -- will work the same lats and glutes. Alternate reps with bosu ball exercises and lateral hop jumps using steps. You will also have access to all kinds of fittness and weight training gear that compliment and strenghten the entire body, not just the legs.

Economy option:

Purcahse a training ball at WallMart for $7 and do lateral hop jumps at home, jog, and exercise.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by MojoMan View Post
You will certainly get a workout in the core leg muscles used for skiing. It should also strenghten the knees. In essence, it is basically a fittness machine that works many of the muscles employed while skiing. I am not knocking the product, just the rediculously absurd price.

Cheap option:

Spend $15 a month for a gym fee. Usie the lateral crunch machines at any gym -- will work the same lats and glutes. Alternate reps with bosu ball exercises and lateral hop jumps using steps. You will also have access to all kinds of fittness and weight training gear that compliment and strenghten the entire body, not just the legs.

Economy option:

Purcahse a training ball at WallMart for $7 and do lateral hop jumps at home, jog, and exercise.
All good suggestions MM...my deal is that I get bored at gyms...you will not get bored with the skiers edge and I still believe that in terms of exercise machines that are out there, none mimic the actual ski motion of the skiers edge and my legs have gone from frail and fragile to what feels like freakin granite! Also good for the core and endurance and in prior years I had pain while I was skiing (the infamous lactic acid thigh burn), coupled with waking up the next am with calves that were completely cramped up....now? I feel like a 22 yr old kid with legs of steel and no pain on runs or getting out of bed the next day...pure joy!
post #12 of 13
What about saving about $1000 or more and getting a Pro-Fitter from Fitter First?
post #13 of 13
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What about saving about $1000 or more and getting a Pro-Fitter from Fitter First?
I hate interim solutions...if you're looking to get the right unit the first time, get the Skiers Edge. I've demoed the pro-fitter and it does not give you anything near the workout of the skiers edge...you could build something like it with a trip to Home Depot for less than $50...struck me as more of a rehab machine.
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