Harald Harb sent me the following comment regarding this thread. Not sure why he didn't post it himself, but I'll let him know he is always welcome here if he would like to add a thought or clarify something. Since this info seemed timely, I thought I'd post it right away before waiting on an email exchange.
A friendly of Harb Ski Systems informed me that there is a forum or thread devoted to discussion about a new product we have developed called the "Harb Carver". Much of the discussion is based on assumption and misinformation. In effort to relieve the confusion I offer this information.
Description of Harb Carvers:
You will find that Harb Carvers are made of the highest grade and quality materials that are best suited for skiing applications on pavement. The “Harb Carvers” can be described as very fast, low friction, carving, roller skis. This is not a toy; Harb Carvers are serious training tools that require serious training and learning. They are patent pending and have been developed by racing coaches, elite skiers and Harb ski systems staff. We have tested them with intermediate skiers with success. For more information about models and their use, see the web site www.HarbCarvers.com
Some skiers will find them more difficult then skiing on snow. Others will immediately feel comfortable, we have observed both. Skiers, who have on snow movement patterns that produce skidded turns, will find their technique doesn’t work well with Harb Carvers. Regardless of your dominant movement pattern the Harb Carvers can be of great assistance. The challenge will be to learn tipping rather than twisting or steering movements that cause skidding, as Harb Carvers do not skid. With Harb Carvers, you will have the opportunity to learn proper carving technique. We have observed skiers, ski racers and ski instructors improve their skiing technique with Carvers.
The translation of turning success is directly transferable to snow skiing, in fact all movements related to releasing and engaging edges and carving can be learned on Harb Carvers. We have many elite Junior Olympic champions training on Harb Carvers. Mastering these tools will make an incredible improvement in your on snow skiing ability. You can not fake or cheat a turn on these tools. They require that you develop proper skiing technique. Traditional methods of ski learning and teaching will not work with this tool. This is a serious carving tool.
Carving on Harb carvers is like skiing on grippy snow. The wheels hold turns very well and they are very stable in the turn. The wheels provide some flex which gives the feel of rebound. If you are a powerful skier, skiing on a steeper slope, you may skid slightly if you try to twist the turn, but the Carvers skid in a forgiving way. They let you know you are using improper technique, but they have yet to dump us on our rears. We run slalom and ski on one foot to increase the skill training difficulty.
Harald R. Harb
President, Harb Ski Systems