New Ski Design could change the nature of Skiing

by James

One wouldn’t think there’s much innovation left for a pair of skis. Sure, there’s innovation in construction, using super strong polymer materials for stronger flexing, yada yada yada. But in the end, they’re just two sticks strapped to your feet, right?. How much of a radical design can you get on that? What is needed is some radical out of the box designing … and there’s only one place to go for that, Yanko.

Designer Charlie Pyott has hit the nail on the designer head with The Twin Parabolic Ski – which is more a pair of outriggers strapped onto your feet. But the design is quantum leap and is based on the concept that more edges means better control on the downhill run as one turns. So why not double the number of edges? As Pyott puts it:

“The ski concept was purpose built for racing. Skis and snowboards share a lot of properties with boat hull design; in that longer and thinner proportions give more speed on hard-pack snow. The number of edges also helps maintain downhill speed in a turn. This can be seen when comparing standard skis vs a snowboard when turning at high speeds. The snowboard only has a single edge to turn on and therefore has fewer grips on the hill in a turn then a skier who can use two edges. This means that a snowboarder will have to check their speed to stay on a racecourse before a skier. The concept ski takes both of these ideas a step further, giving two longer and thinner surfaces under each foot and four turning edges. Offset bearings mean that all ski surfaces stay parallel under each foot.”

If Pyott is right, this new design could change the face off skiing competition and make times, and speeds, much faster. And that makes for more exciting Nordic competition.

5 reviews or comments

C Says: March 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Yep, certainly could change the face right off skiing competition. That’ll learn it.

1000FreeOnlineGames Says: March 4, 2009 at 6:55 am

Very interesting, good post

Gallery of posts up to 03-05-2009 » Coolest Gadgets Says: March 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

[…] New Ski Design could change the nature of Skiing […]

P Smith Says: March 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Those “skis” not the equivalent to “clap skates” in speed skating, a design that revolutionized the sport.

Those “skis” are like aluminum baseball bats. They’re fine for the unskilled and for amateurs, but at the highest levels, standard downhill skis will remain the norm, just as wooden baseball bats do in the Major Leagues.

For those like myself who think skiing should be about practice and skill, those “skis” are farcical.

Phil Says: March 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

Wooden baseball bats are used in the Major leagues, because the speed of the ball off of aluminum bats is dangerous for the pitcher and that the field won’t change, so the number of hits out of the park would be highly increased.

In Speed Skating,, the skate blade design radically changed, because of the benefit, as has the composition of downhill ski’s, and the materials used to make the ski’s.

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