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The New Equipment Bug, (An article by Your Ski Coach)

post #1 of 9
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Over the coming season I'll be posting a number of articles I've written, in hopes you'll find them interesting and helpful.  

 

I'll try to keep them timely, and as such, this first article speaks to the annual pre-season ritual of thinking about purchasing new equipment.  In your efforts to decide on how to spend your ski budget this season, this article offers a perspective not necessarily concurrent with that which you'll hear from the media and manufacturing ends of the sport.    Think of it as a dose of reality.  

 

Click on the link below to see the article.  When you connect to the link, clicking on the small article window will take you to a full page, easy to read version.  Enjoy!  

 

http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Cant_Buy_A_Turn.html

post #2 of 9

Interesting article. I remember your site from last season when I was around on the forum. Very informative articles.

 

"You can't buy a turn."

 

That's not what K2 says.  Rocker is my ticket to ski powder like the pros.  I will no longer look like a wounded chicken on stilts when venturing off the hardpack to ski fresh snow. I am promised effortless turning in powder and crud. I would certainly say that's worth $900.

post #3 of 9

Heretic!

Rick, I respectfully disagree.

You can "buy a turn." And your coaching sold me the best ones I have ever made.

Like that old aphorism about giving a man a fish which feeds him for a day, or teaching him to fish so he can eat forever.

David

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Thanks Mojo and David!  

 

post #5 of 9

Possibly you should have a chat with Rossi smash.

Though he may skirt your rules because he buys used equipment.But....

You can buy this article to simulate a ski turn! I really don't know what they're talking about though.

 

Quote:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/q662618r090p0247/

Abstract

One of the authors developed a simulating approach for a ski turn using a single ski and made numerically clear a lot of useful conclusions relating to the ski turn. In the present study, it is attempted to improve the simulating approach just as one can simulate the ski turn using a pair of ski. The first point is the improvement of a ski control. The second point is the change of the analysis of a plane motion of the ski and skier. Numerical calculations make clear that it is possible to simulate the ski turn using a pair of ski although it requires patient works and there remains yet some points to be improved.

 

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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

Heretic!

Rick, I respectfully disagree.

You can "buy a turn." And your coaching sold me the best ones I have ever made.

Like that old aphorism about giving a man a fish which feeds him for a day, or teaching him to fish so he can eat forever.

David


Give him a ramen and you don't have to teach him anything.
 

post #7 of 9

Good article Rick. You dont need all the newest equipment or different skis and boots for all kind of conditions. Well tuned and waxed skis and comfortable boots is what its all about. Its better to get to know your equipment than to swap every year and for every condition.

post #8 of 9

Rick,

Enoyed the article and I have similar beliefs.  Part of my belief is based on as you stated - year to year it isn't that different, subtle changes in the skis aren't that noticeable to me and of course, I'm cheap.

 

Last year (October 2009) I was in the market for a "real" race ski.  Didn't have to be FIS but I wanted race stock.  Already had a cheater race ski.  I was hoping to find something in a 21M.  I stumbled onto a pair of brand new Elan GSX 176 CM 21.2M skis that still had "must be tuned before skiing" stickers on them and the manf bar code sticker on the base.  Year model of the ski - 2003.  The serial # has 2002.  Price tag $99.  Called Elan and they stated the skis are still under Warranty (from date of pruchase for on year) and the 2010 model of the same ski would cost $1000.00; with binding would be $1500!

 

By time I had bindings and race plate mounted (bought those new but a year older), for less than $400 I had brand new race stock skis and bindings. 

 

This summer I was looking for an inexpensive binding to try out an older 19M ski I was given and found a pair of Solly race bindings for $50.  The bonus was the bindings were mounted to a VIST race place that was mounted on a 2003 Elan SLX race ski!  Same model year as the GSX.  It was used but in very good condition (cosmetic only) with plenty of edge left.  The person selling stated they used them for one season in HS and needed to clear out the garrage (still had 8 pairs of skis).  Decided to keep the SLX set up as is and forego bindings for the 19M ski.

 

If I bought the same skis in a 2010 or 2011 model, the only difference that I would notice would is my wallet being lighter and the skis being be more appealling to thiefs.

 

Ken

post #9 of 9

Great article Rick.

 

I get your point and tend to agree with it, which is why I have one set of skis that I use for all conditions.

 

I was fortunate enough to learn on shaped skis and can in fact "carve small radius turns at tolerable speeds", to quote your article.

So, for me, the shaped ski innovation was pivotal (pun intended). But what's next? Do I ski my Volkl AC3s forever?

 

As you can see from this thread, I'm thinking about moving from AC3s to K2 Aftershocks.

Wider, early-rise skis sound like a good thing, and I don't see that they would hurt me any; but your article was thought provoking.

I'm not an equipment junkie, but at some point technology matters. Is there enough difference between AC3s and Aftershocks to make this a no-brainer? Unclear to me at this point.

 

Thanks for helping me think this through a bit more,    rick p

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