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I was interested in a Skier's Edge to replace my old treadmill. I know they're overpriced but I thought it might help me maximize my limited time on the snow. Today I saw an ad for the Pro Ski Simulator, (skiform.com). It's supposedly a European machine.  Anyone have any information on the Pro Ski? Any comparisons between the Skier's Edge and the Pro Ski?
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

I was interested in a Skier's Edge to replace my old treadmill. I know they're overpriced but I thought it might help me maximize my limited time on the snow. Today I saw an ad for the Pro Ski Simulator, (skiform.com). It's supposedly a European machine.  Anyone have any information on the Pro Ski? Any comparisons between the Skier's Edge and the Pro Ski?

I have a Skier's Edge (which I like), and this looks a lot like it. Maybe it just comes down to price.
post #3 of 16
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I got a Pro Ski Simulator for my birthday yesterday. It's made in Eastern Europe. It took about 15 minutes to assemble. It appears to be well made. The rails are straight, the welds are smooth and the finish appears to be a baked on enamel that should hold up. I was just home from a business trip so I did not give it much of a workout but it seemed to work smoothly and was VERY quiet. I could work the machine and listen to the TV without turning up the volume! I'll do a few workouts on it over the weekend and report back after the workout. Epic Ski set up a discount deal that allows Epic supporters to get a significant savings.
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After a few more days I'll say the Pro-Ski is what I expected but not quite what I'd hoped for. The Pro-Ski provides a low impact, medium intensity workout. It certainly uses some muscles and joints in a different way than my old bones were accustomed to. That's a good thing. None of the differences were significant enough to alter the workout - they just let me know that I was doing something differently. The Pro-Ski will not give you the high intensity aerobic workout you can get from a treadmill but it is enough to get your heart pumping and work on ski related balance at the same time. I'll keep using squats, thrusts and a jump rope to get the more conventional knee and hip range of motion.
I'm going to try it in some old ski boots next week and see if that changes anything. I think it will help the ski specific balance since it will take the ankle out of the balancing process and might also help toughen my shins in advance of the start of my ski season. I'll let you know if it anything significant happens.
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I use my ski boots during the season to pound my legs into place on my Pro Ski Simulator.  Definitely does the trick and gets the quads burning.  I think the intensity issue with training on the simulator is the stance you are in.  In other words, just like skiing, if you are in a lower tuck or squat during a run, your legs (quads) will be feeling it more intensely.  Thus, for me, the most effective way to train is to use the simulator in a lower stance, either with or without boots.  If I'm feeling lazy and just need the workout to keep me from feeling guilty, I will be higher up in my stance.  It still seems to give a good workout.  So anyhow, I would think that a lower stance would help you with a more intense, quad burning workout.  It's really all about what you want to put into the workout on this machine.  Most people I talk to that use the Pro Ski Simulator faithfully for race conditioning do use boots and train in a low tuck position to develop the greatest leg strength and lateral quickness.
Another guy I know uses a weight vest to take it to another level of intensity.  He loves it, but I haven't tried that yet.
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The best part I forgot to mention is that my Pro Ski Simulator is sturdier, but doesn't cost nearly as much as Skiers Edge.  About the same warranty too, I think.  I wanted the SE for years, but the pricing is ridiculous!!  It was nice to finally find a competing product that won't kill the budget.  I just wish I had joined as a supporter to get the discount before I had purchased!!!  Going to have to do it for the other deals.
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The best part I forgot to mention is that my Pro Ski Simulator is sturdier, but doesn't cost nearly as much as Skiers Edge.  About the same warranty too, I think.  I wanted the SE for years, but the pricing is ridiculous!!  It was nice to finally find a competing product that won't kill the budget.  I just wish I had joined as a supporter to get the discount before I had purchased!!!  Going to have to do it for the other deals.
 
How much are these two products?  I didn't see any price info on their websites.
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I just purchased Pro Ski to train for the coming snow season in Australia and New Zealand. Arrived within 8 days from Slovenia by TNT in perfect condition. I have to say that it is the best and simplest exercising gear I ever purchased. Since I have it assembled (yesterday) I am on it every 30 min. It is great for beginners like myself to teach you the balance and posture plus for the advance riders to keep these un-exercised muscles working. You can adjust load and travel by adding or subtracting elastic bands located on the bottom of the unit. It took me 15min to assembly this unit. Operation of the Pro Ski is very smooth so it is easy to get into rhythm. It does give you a good work-out and feel of skiing. So far I can only last 5 min on the unit  but I take frequent breaks and continue.

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If buying the Pro Ski Simulator in the US or Canada, the only way to avoid crazy international shipping charges, dealing with customs, etc is to just use the North American distributor www.skiform.com. Pricing is now around the $1,000 (+/-) with shipping.  Mine was delivered in 4 days.  Price is about $100 better with the Epic discount.  Still an amazing machine for me, even though I bought it to help my kids improve their skiing muscle memory.  Nothing else that I've found compares to the quality of construction and the overall workout, which is surprising, given the king's ransom that the other competing devices seem to be selling for.

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I just ordered one from skiform with the epic ski discount... it still works, and it saved me $200 over the regular website price for the basic model.  I hope mine comes in 4 days, but the site says 10 to 15. 

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Not familiar with that product but have a SE big mountain machine I found on Ebay for $600 with all the attachments they offer.  Keep your eyes peeled on Ebay and you can find some real deals much less the 1K

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Originally Posted by sailor322 View Post

Not familiar with that product but have a SE big mountain machine I found on Ebay for $600 with all the attachments they offer.  Keep your eyes peeled on Ebay and you can find some real deals much less the 1K

If buying used from eBay or craigslist, be sure to ask which model.  Skiers Edge III, 4, or 5 all come in three versions: Classic (most flat), Big Mountain, World Cup (used by several high level ski teams).  Some can be upgraded by changing out rollers and/or adding rails coverings.

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There are a ton of Skiers Edge Machines on ebay at a good price.  Picked up a practically unused S4 big mountain last year that had everything but the secondary band set for about 1/3 of retail.

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The incline on SE big mountain is 17 degrees

Does anyone know what the incline is on the SS.

I see that the height is almost the same 11.5 inches, but SS is a bit longer 69" vs 65" of SE. I don't know if this makes a difference
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How did you receive the epic discount?

post #16 of 16
Five and a half years ago, when the guy posted, there was a discount for Epic Supporters. I doubt it's still good.
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