The ski brake is design to rotate in one direction as the majority of skiers ski facing forwards. Broken ski brakes are generally caused by skiers travelling backwards and applying excessive forward lean to the ski. With the progression of freestyle skiing, there are an increasing number of skiers travelling backwards (switch) down the slopes and landing jumps in this position. I believe this has caused and increased number of cases where skiers have consistently bent or even broken off their ski brakes.
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I have the idea to produce a new binding whereby the ski brake can rotate in both directions and therefore is not damaged if the skier is ejected from the binding travelling backwards.
1. How common is this problem for you and your fellow skiers?
2. Is this a product you would be interested in and pay for?
3. How much would expect to pay for a binding with this feature?
4. What issues do you face with your current ski binding and brake system?