KneeDropamazing. i love your dedication to this idea.
at the beginning of this thread i was certain you were a troll, but now im fairly certain you just love your idea. and you really want to share it with(force it upon) others skiers.
i'm definitely not against 'different', i love it. but being abbrasive, at times arrogant, and completely igorant of (often valid) criticism will not make you any allies.
your design seems to be an attempt to fix your shortcomings as a skier through ski design..you descriptions of skiing, and your video, support my theory. that being said, your target market will be skiers who ski like you and have the same skiing goals. if you've seen Flo skis, he's doing fairly well, slowly building a following with a completely unique design. Newschoolers, in general, will not share your skiing goals. you cant exactly be surprised by the push-back.
i would love to try your ski. though i have a few questions.
1) you say they make skiing safer. mainly knees i assume...but, how?
2) you are very proud of the wider tail and forward waist, what exactly does this do for performance? on paper, it looks as though you've designed a ski to be ridden back-seat.
thanks. and seriously, good luck
Thanks, I don't want to force it on anyone that's for sure. But if I start answering questions in detail, people feel compelled to read it, and then they get agitated.
I've had nasty problems on conventional skis due to knee whip. (I've never needed surgery thank G-d.) The knee is one-way joint, so unless you're shoulders are facing the direction of your skis, there'll be a twist in your body, (and thereby knees to some extent.) I don't want that at all. Also, anytime you spray snow and get resistance from it, you're putting pressure into your body, including knees. I don't want that either. Also, if you're not leaning slightly forward, you're getting stress on your quadriceps to keep you upright. I don't want that either (ie racers with thunder-thighs.)
Solution: shoulders face the direction you're skiing always, and make the skis more responsive and sensitive to slight changes in weight, or rather weighting and unweighting one of your legs. If you want a focus, let it be your breathing and heart (to relax the mind.)
Result: skiing at terminal velocity, body erect, not twisted and slightly leaning forward, mind planning a precise route down a run so as not to require the introduction of pressure into your otherwise stress-free body.
Then, the main stress is from the g-force, and you can't escape that, but at least you can channel that into additional grip - like a car going fast enough so the downward force on the wing pushes it into the road to get the grip it needs to go around a race-track.
Check out my shake-a-leg video
. The issue is that the skis started shuddering under the fairly intense g-force (my body otherwise feels good). I think a wider tail (ie larger than the front) will fix those shudders (to keep the front and rear of the ski evenly pressuring throughout the turn) otherwise with those skis I am limited to soft snow (which is also fine.)
I think with a large tail in pow, I'll get the agility i want to avoid the need to slarve.
I've attempted (and am) as helpful and friendly as possible. If people want to get nasty, then so be it.