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Skier's Edge III

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I just bought one of these for what I think is a pretty good price. I think it's about 10 years old and is in great shape.


I have a few questions, I hope I'm not repeating from old threads but I didn't find these specific things addressed in any detail.


1 - how difficult, expensive and worthwhile is it to upgrade it to newer parts? Like S4 swing footpedals.

2 - any tips for how to maximize value that might not be immediately obvious? For example, is it best to turn your upper body to the side to simulate your upper body facing more downhill while your skis and feet face more sideways? (Not sure that makes sense)

3 - has anybody ever looked into wearing ski boots while using these machines? It doesn't seem feasible but I'm wondering if there are accessories or tricks that allow this



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Skiers Edge offers a catalog of options. IIRC, the options are not cheap. If you got a great deal, I will be sure to imagine that you will pay more for these upgrades than you paid for the upgrades than you paid for the unit. 

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AFAIK, it is not recommended to wear ski boots on the machine.


Keep you upper body facing forward.


Make sure your foot/leg width is appropriate for your body type.


Balance on your feet with a lot of leg flex (ankles, knees & hips).  Your legs should be at maximum flex when they are underneath you (neutral), & will lengthen as they extend to the sides.  Feel like you are pulling/retracting your legs back underneath you, not "pushing" them to your sides causing your CM to rise.


Keep your head & upper body level at all times.  This cannot be stressed enough!  Once you can do this with no hands, you are on the right track.


Hope that helps,


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Hi Keith,

Concerning upgrades, I would look at the skier's edge site to to look at their time line for the different models. Some of the newer upgrades may only available for the new S4 machines. 

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Thanks - I looked on the Skier's Edge site, but find it difficult to navigate. For example, the accessories list doesn't list prices or consistently describe what the item does or which models it will/won't work on. The only reference to model "III" I've found on the site so far is on their page about buying used Skier's Edge machines, which more or less tries to convince you to buy a new machine instead (but they won't tell you the prices unless you call or send for a sales package - odd). The only thing I'm clear on so far is that the III foot pedals are closer together than the ones on the newer machines, but I'm not sure whether one of the accessories they sell can change that. I'm also not sure it's such a bad thing. When I ski, my feet are about shoulder width apart or slightly less, but I've always admired people who keep their skis close together.


I don't have the machine in my house yet and am basing my questions and opinions on reading and watching vides, so apologies if I say or ask something dumb :)


4ster, thanks for the tips, that helps ... and makes sense re: keeping head and upper body at the same height with legs extending when to one side or the other.

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FWIW, you can call TSE in Salt Lake where (surprise) an actual human being answers the phone.  They were very helpful to me last year when I needed to replace the power bands after 6 years of good use.  They also send training videos with the machine, and maybe you can get one from them.  The guy I spoke with suggested I crank out 1,000 turns per training session, representing a day of skiing.  Putting the machine in front of a TV makes working out less tedious.

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Following up now that I have it and have used it a bit.


The one I bought is in great shape but came without the handgrip. It does have two "ski poles". I haven't used them yet. I put the machine behind a sofa in my den, with a view of the TV. After a little practice, I'm able to use it without bracing on anything most of the time. Every now and then, I touch the sofa back to stabilize myself.


It feels to me like I'm on a narrow slope that's not very steep, making lots of quick turns to regulate speed. The angle of the "turns" isn't steep enough to simulate a challenging slope, and yet you make extremely frequent "turns" (about one per second), which would be overkill on a less steep slope. So that part feels a little off, but not enough to be a big distraction.


It makes my legs tired in very much the same way that skiing makes my legs tired. That's what I was going for, and I'm excited about how this can help conditioning and muscle memory. That said, if finances allow, I'd suggest one of the newer taller models that simulate steeper turns and greater angulation.

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