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Whoa! Stone skis?

post #1 of 19
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post #2 of 19
Oh, the Zai thing?

http://www.technocarbon.de/fileadmin/Articles/JCM38.pdf

If this had been the late 90s they could have made a mint in home audio. Betcha there's at least one NXT type speaker panel comes out of this.
post #3 of 19
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Wonder if Exotic skis has tried these yet.
post #4 of 19
Real rock skis! I'll bet they really rock.
post #5 of 19
do you still wax them? do they have real bases or are they stone also?
post #6 of 19
If you asked me they were stoned when they thought of this. So do you need to fill core shots? How much do they weigh? What kind of bit do you use to tap them for bindings?
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
If you asked me they were stoned when they thought of this.
Why? I'm confused as to why you'd ask the rest of your questions about those skis and not ask them about skis with layers of Titanal in them.

It's not like aluminum alloy production is a -low- energy process.
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Why? I'm confused as to why you'd ask the rest of your questions about those skis and not ask them about skis with layers of Titanal in them.

It's not like aluminum alloy production is a -low- energy process.
from my perspective alloy (pliable)-good for ski maybe- and stone (brittle)-not good for a ski- are two entirely different materials, It seems to me that if they process the stone to make it pliable it isn't really stone anymore is it?
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Why? I'm confused as to why you'd ask the rest of your questions about those skis and not ask them about skis with layers of Titanal in them.

It's not like aluminum alloy production is a -low- energy process.
From my perspective alloy (pliable)-good for ski maybe- and stone (brittle)-not good for a ski- are two entirely different materials. It seems to me that if they process the stone to make it pliable it isn't really stone anymore is it?

Maybe they could call them "Medusas"

Or how bout "Alchemists"?
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
It seems to me that if they process the stone to make it pliable it isn't really stone anymore is it?
Turn on your marketing soul.

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Maybe they could call them "Medusas"

Or how bout "Alchemists"?
Flog-a-stones? <sorry>
post #11 of 19
Get some health insurance
post #12 of 19
Not yet...trying to set up a test session this season with Zai...
I don't expect too much from the idea, other than they are "different" and an interesting concept...only a test will see if they feel different than "normal" skis...They probably don't burn as well as my old wood-core skis though....

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Wonder if Exotic skis has tried these yet.
post #13 of 19
How could you have forgotten, all of you?

There's nothing new here.

Fred Flintstone had stone skis.
post #14 of 19

Recent pics from ISPO in Munich:

I spoke to the marketing person who said I could probably get a ride on the skis sometime in the near future...very interesting usage of an odd material....perhaps more marketing hype than anything else...but, you never know....funny how no one else has thought of it before....there are many ski material gurus out there, and they all seem to think wood is still the best...anyway...here goes...

 

 

The presentation...

 

 

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Close-up of the cutaway displayed at ISPO.

Click image for LARGE version...(3.3mb JPG)

 

 


Edited by ExoticSkis - Thu, 05 Feb 09 10:55:38 GMT


Edited by ExoticSkis - Thu, 05 Feb 09 10:57:11 GMT
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

Bizarre, great looking ski if nothing else IMHO.

post #16 of 19

Does stone flex?

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post

Does stone flex?

 

Have a look at the link I posted, It's not -just- stone.

post #18 of 19

Look like good rock skis.

post #19 of 19
Jan 29, 2009

Hi Bears:

Gives a complete new slant  on the meaning "stone grind".  I recall that Bogner was offering "state of the art, super expensive" skis made of bamboo  a few seasons ago.  Wonder whatever happened to those Kon-Tiki based skis?  As for "state of the art" speaker cabinets made of stone mentioned by Comprex in response (2), I recall reading about speaker cabinets filled with "sand" for "accoustic" qualities in the 70s or 80s.  Do we now expect to see "silicon" based skis in the future?  Maybe not that far fetched an idea since I now also recall a Japanese "ceramic" ski.    However, these are really an interesting looking ski.  Haven't seen such a "cool"ski since the Volant Platinum.

Think snow,

CP
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