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Skiers Edge discovery!

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 


I'm new here so please pardon my ignorance on this topic.

I recently purchased a skiers edgeIII on ebay for pennies on the dollar.

When it arrived I immediatley set it up for a test ride.

Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed...and thought I would put it back up

on Ebay where I found it. Also reading what Bob Barnes had to say didnt

help my lack of enthusiasm. I didnt receive any instructions on the machine,

so here is where I may sound a little ignorant.

I was trying on my new racing boots and was walking around the

house and without thinking jumped on the Edge.

Man oh man what a difference!!!! It definitley was more of a work out

and also felt a little more like carving!!

here lies the question....

are you supposted to work out in your ski boots on the Edge???...doh!!!!



post #2 of 6

Hi Brian, welcome to epic ski!


I owned and sold a Skiers Edge a few years ago and I know you're "supposed" to use sneakers on it.  That said if you can use it and not kill yourself with your ski boots on, I say more power to you.  It's certainly an interesting idea.  

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your input!!

I see you are an instructor....hum..

I could use a lesson or two!!!!

Where does an old guy like myself learn to ski gates????

I'm itching for a scratch!!!


all the best!

post #4 of 6

First of all, get a manual to use it properly and safely. 


If you are not getting a good workout with sneakers, then you are not using the machine properly.  Make sure you head is stationary (well, it has to move somewhat).  Do not bend over at the waist.  Try cranking turns keeping your knees bent more and your quads will start to quickly burn. 


Check out the power bands to make sure they are in good condition (the company sells replacements).  Once they start stretching out or fraying, you will have to replace them.


Last season I "broke in" a new pair of boots while training on it, just to find pressure points and test the fit. The boots were custom (Daleboot), and, therefore, close to perfect from the get-go.  The experience did convince me that I probably wanted to reheat the liners at some point with a super thin sock because I am so used to a really tight fit.  And I eventually did.  I can't figure out why bootsfitters don't use The Skier's Edge for testing fit before customers leave the shop.


I actually just jump on the thing barefoot half the time, which is certainly not the right thing to do.  I also crank out a few hundred turns per session w/o holding on to the poles, just to help with balance.  The attachment for using one foot (whatever it is called) is much better for leg strengthening.  I was told by the company that the national teams use a special version of the machine with one leg at a time for rehab and strengthening.


The company recommends a minimum 1000 turns per sessions, which is easy to build up to using both legs.  Using one leg is much more difficult to get that many turns, at least for me.  Then again, I'm no WC athelete.


The machine, if used properly, meets my expectations of having enough leg strength to make in through a week of skiing without pain, and staying loose with my lower body.  If I just slide my whole body from side-to-side, I can crank out a zillion turns and never get a good workout.  Get the instructions and use it properly for a decent workout.

Edited by quant2325 - 5/16/10 at 9:27pm
post #5 of 6

"I can't figure out why bootsfitters don't use The Skier's Edge for testing fit before customers leave the shop."


Excellent idea.  I would guess that there isn't a very good return on investment for it.  A tool that expensive would add a bit to the overhead and most folks think the experience is overpriced as it is.  It would be a good substitute for boot fitters that aren't located close to a mountain for on hill evaluation (not equal to on hill but an option).  You would also have to assume folks know how to use it without getting hurt.

post #6 of 6

To Loudmac. Suggest start at your local USSA Masters Alpine program (see USSA web site, Masters Alpine). I've found it best for me. Hoods a good hill. Good coaches who at least where I'm at had National, NORAM experience, but found they encourage and help us mere mortals. FIS type course sets and rules make it more authentic experience than City League or NASTAR, if that's what you like. Nothing against CL or NASTAR, it's great fun - something to be said for handy capping, standard course and they're not quite as intense, more user friendly sets and certainly less humiliating (which is mainly in your head anyway) for casual skiers in my opinion. After watching the Masters race lane over the hill from us I decided a few years back to try USSA Masters and to hell with worrying about it and am having a blast. It upped my game immensely and found the Master racers very welcoming, they really didn't care about my bumbling around the first years, and they genuinely enjoy making me a better racer.

Edited by scotsracer - 4/4/11 at 1:15am
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