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post #1 of 24
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Does anyone have any experience with the "Freelap" portable timing system? We're looking for an inexpensive (that's a relative term) portable timing system for our local masters group. The Freelap product includes portable wristwatch-stopwatches that are apparently triggered at the start and last gate. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd sure be interested in reading what you suggest. Cheaper is better, but we want to avoid the junk.

Thanks, and I apologize if I stuck this in the wrong thread category.

 

Jim

post #2 of 24

jIMDH, We have just acquired a set for our masters group at Mt Rose, haven't tried it out yet but looks like it will be the business.  There is now a proper start wand available with it as well which is much more effective. I can supply as required.   PM me for details

post #3 of 24

My high school team bought the Brower timing system last year (http://www.browertiming.com/). It works very well.

 

The wand has a small number pad attached - every one types in their number when they start. The buttons are easy to hit with mittens or gloves on, too.


The finish line is just two optical thingers (reflectors? beams?) that are easy to line up and just mount on two stubbies or gates.

 

The control unit can also be mounted on a gate, and shows the last two times. You can plug the unit into a computer and download all of the times into an (excel?) file.

 

Overall, our team was very satisfied... and it only ran us about $3,000.

post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post

My high school team bought the Brower timing system last year (http://www.browertiming.com/). It works very well.

 

The wand has a small number pad attached - every one types in their number when they start. The buttons are easy to hit with mittens or gloves on, too.


The finish line is just two optical thingers (reflectors? beams?) that are easy to line up and just mount on two stubbies or gates.

 

The control unit can also be mounted on a gate, and shows the last two times. You can plug the unit into a computer and download all of the times into an (excel?) file.

 

Overall, our team was very satisfied... and it only ran us about $3,000.


 

I second the Brower.  Absolutely fantastic system; simple to use, set-up, and take-down.  And about half the frustration associated with the Tag system we were using.
 

post #5 of 24

3rd on the brower... the national teams use it... If its good enough for them...

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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

jIMDH, We have just acquired a set for our masters group at Mt Rose, haven't tried it out yet but looks like it will be the business.  There is now a proper start wand available with it as well which is much more effective. I can supply as required.   PM me for details



Scotsskier is correct. Freelap does now offer a proper start wand.  You can actualy check out the system in action here to give you a better idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5UbRuzl6DY

post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

jIMDH, We have just acquired a set for our masters group at Mt Rose, haven't tried it out yet but looks like it will be the business.  There is now a proper start wand available with it as well which is much more effective. I can supply as required.   PM me for details


ScotsSkier is correct. Freelap does offer a proper star gate now. You can actualy see the system in action in this nice clip from Verbier Switzerland/


 

post #8 of 24

Hi Guys

 

Just a quick update to let you know we now have the alpine timing products online on our website.  Some interesting information about the Freelap timing system is also available in our FAQ section.


Edited by Freelap - 1/28/16 at 3:16pm
post #9 of 24

FYI I found that the freelap armband gets destroyed by gates fairly quickly, and we had a tough time finding an appropriate spot to position it. Its my only issue for an otherwise great system

post #10 of 24
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FYI I found that the freelap armband gets destroyed by gates fairly quickly, and we had a tough time finding an appropriate spot to position it. Its my only issue for an otherwise great system



TMAS, were you using teh extension band outside your suit?  I just kept it under the suit cuff and haven't found too many issues

 

Need to get a review posted, just been way too busy this year

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by TMAS29 View Post

FYI I found that the freelap armband gets destroyed by gates fairly quickly, and we had a tough time finding an appropriate spot to position it. Its my only issue for an otherwise great system


 

Hi TMAS29

 Thanks for the input! We appreciate it! That’s how we keep improving with the valuable feedback from coach’s and athletes alike.

 

 You are correct the first generation production arm band were fairly ordinary and the quality was simply not up to par. We tested some different designs this winter after the input we got and redesign completely the band. The new one is now much burlier and stronger. Overall it has much better  look and quality to it. Obviously will be more then happy to provide the free upgrades to you guys.  Ill try to get a picture shortly of the new ones to show you guys. Will get them in north america in our next shipement when we receive our products for the various summer camps.

 
 


Edited by Freelap - 11/25/11 at 8:27am
post #12 of 24

Sounds good I'll keep in touch

post #13 of 24

Hi Everyone

 

Like I mention previously we redesigned  a new  ski arm band so we wanted to show you a quick shot of it. Please excuse the poor quality shot..  Some great improvements over the initial design! 

 

On another note. Coaches and athletes that want to do some testing this summer during camps are invited to contact us as we still have a couple kits available for demo purposes. Nothing like putting it to the test yourself!

 

 

 

Ski arm band.jpg


Edited by Freelap - 1/28/16 at 3:16pm
post #14 of 24

HI Everyone

 

Just letting  skiers and coaches know that will have DEMO units available for testing during your camps throughout the summer. This will be the Ideal time to test our timing system before the start of the 11/12 season!

 

Contact our sales team to reserve a Free Demo today via our website mentioning our demo program.


Edited by Freelap - 1/28/16 at 3:17pm
post #15 of 24

Here she is fresh out of her latest photo shoot!   Looking slightly better I must admit!!

 

freelap-stopwatch-skistrap-v2.jpg

post #16 of 24

Both these timing systems look really sweet. I want!

post #17 of 24

 

Freelap just released some interesting updates to their 2012 Alpine line of products.  The new TX power 5 Alpine now comes in a smaller more portable format. The flexible ring makes it easy to slide it in a back pack or in luggage's when traveling.  Also, each Power 5 now comes equipped with a Brush Grip head for fast and easy installation.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tx power5.jpeg
 
 

Edited by Freelap - 11/14/11 at 6:04am
post #18 of 24

 

 

Quick update on the new armband we have just released. As you can see we have now incorporated a cover for the screen and kept the adjustability!  As promised, these will be available very soon also for our existing users! Just shoot us a quick email. 

 

Excuse the very low quality shot.. 

 

New Freelap ski arm band with screen protection.

post #19 of 24

Hi everyone! 

 

Got the latest shots from the new Alpine Armband!  Here it is!   

 

Also its still time to contact us and test out one of our demo kits! 

 

 

 

Freelap Alpine Stopwatch 2012 http://www.freelapcanada.com/alpinetiming


Edited by Freelap - 1/28/16 at 3:17pm
post #20 of 24

Let the season begin!! 

post #21 of 24

How cool is that! Freelap was showcased in the latest Ski Racing Mag! 

 

post #22 of 24

new website complete!

www.freelapskitiming.com

post #23 of 24

The Latest from Freelap Timing ski!   The The TX Alpine kit PRO is here! 

 

post #24 of 24

Freelap Ski Timing goes MOBILE!!    

 

More details on: http://www.freelapskitiming.com/#!freelap-tx-alpine-pro/c5co

 

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