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Road Skis I found on youtube

Poll Results: Would you try them?

Poll expired: Jul 27, 2010  
  • 9% (1)
    Yes but i wouldn't buy them
  • 36% (4)
    They look great love to try them
  • 9% (1)
    No not interested
  • 45% (5)
    Doesn't look like skiing at all.
11 Total Votes  
post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
 Hi all,

Just found these road skis on youtube. as someone who doesn't get to the snow as often as i'd like just thought id share the link and get your thoughts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylKYP13WBN4

Cheers Ben
post #2 of 20
 No matter what these things would do to my skiing, if my kids saw me, they'd report me to the Child Protective Services.

...and I wouldn't blame them...
post #3 of 20
Try? yes.  But for skiing on pavement, I would go with Harb Carvers, not skateboard trucks.  The Carvers are more like skiing.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

Try? yes.  But for skiing on pavement, I would go with Harb Carvers, not skateboard trucks.  The Carvers are more like skiing.
While I agree with having the two rows of wheels helps in theory with the Carvers, I feel the execution in design is lacking and not there yet. 

 
post #5 of 20
post #6 of 20
 Ben, do you work for the company that makes them?  Are they being manufactured yet?
post #7 of 20
post #8 of 20
I've never skated before, but am just starting to learn as I'd like to blend skating in with other activities this spring/summer to hopefully build a solid foundation for skiing next season. The "road skis" in the video that started this thread *look* more like skiing to my eye than a lot of the other skate stuff I've seen so far. ( Of course that impression could be helped by having a real/full ski in the mix, even though the parts of the ski behind and in front of the wheels are functionally irrelevant. ;-) That being said the section in the video starting at 1:00 looks like the kind of edge tipping/shifting balance one would use to carve turns on a groomer.

To go slightly off on a tangent poking around on the net I found these...

  http://www.skorpion.com/videos/intro_53.htm

Anyone ever try them?
post #9 of 20
Road Rippers look like fun, easier to transport and store because you do not need the ski tips and tails:


Nordic Classic and Skate skiers have been using roller skis for years for off season workouts:


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With these you can get with or without a ratchet system which seems like you'd want to make it easier for climbing, which will be needed or simply walking/hiking.
post #10 of 20
 Road rippers look very cool, I can't find them on google, are they available for purchase yet?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

 Road rippers look very cool, I can't find them on google, are they available for purchase yet?
I have a design in my head for a variation of these. 

 
post #12 of 20
Dunno. I found them with a quick search looking for roller ski videos. The Youtube page says patent pending and in the UK..........

I've been pondering some off road skate skis with pneumatic tires so I can go up and down our very compacted gravel road. It'd be a great workout, plus a screamer coming home.
post #13 of 20
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I have a design in my head for a variation of these. 

 

I'd only try them if your head wasn't too steep, don't want to get going too fast the first time I try them! 
post #14 of 20
You're going to find that those aren't as close to the sensation of skiing as they appear to be. There isn't enough ability to skid any part of a turn to check speed.  And, it isn't like a skateboard where you can step off if you need to.  Any trouble while clicked in to those is serious trouble.
If you have a wide open four lane road where you can carve 180 degrees back uphill that might be pretty fun.  I don't think bike paths would be a good place to use those though. 
I would recommend leaving the trucks and wheels on the skateboard.  Try grass skiing if you want something a little closer to the real thing.


Edited by crgildart - 4/29/10 at 10:32am
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

You're going to find that those aren't as close to the sensation of skiing as they appear to be. There isn't enough ability to skid any part of a turn so unless you have a wide open four lane road where you can carve 180 degrees back uphill there isn't really any effective braking option.  And, it isn't like a skateboard where you can step off if you need to.  Any trouble while clicked in to those is serious trouble.

But it could be useful for balance, leg strength and a little rush.

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I would recommend leaving the trucks and wheels on the skateboard.  Try grass skiing if you want something a little closer to the real thing.
So, would a putting green be like skiing corduroy and buffalo grass like skiing powder.
Edited by Alpinord - 4/29/10 at 10:47am
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post




But it could be useful for balance, leg strength and a little roadrash.


 

FIFY
post #17 of 20
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Try grass skiing if you want something a little closer to the real thing.

Wow, that looks like a blast! And there's a resort in Virginia that offers it in the summer!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post


But it could be useful for balance, leg strength and a little roadrash.

FIFY


Pffft. Rookie. You that's why you wear one of these 'speed' suits:

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post #19 of 20

This is a much more manageable way to simulate skiing using skateboard hardware.

 

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post #20 of 20

How about this?  ;-)

 

 


StreetSki worked with Audi to transform the streets of San Francisco into an
urban ski slope. All the skiing and stunts were performed on our patented
skates. The snow skis were added later, in post production, to create the
dramatic effect of a skier on asphalt.


http://www.streetski.com

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