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FlowPoint Podcast #25: HO Shreducation Q&A, DAVE WINGERTER, HO Skis V.P.

ROBOTROBOT Posts: 135 Administrator
edited May 2018 in Videos & Photos

I get to hang with Dave Wingerter, HO Skis Vice President, as he works through the questions brought to him by you guys, via BallOfSpray.

Just a sample of the questions covered in this podcast from Ball Of Spray Forum:

There seems to be a lot of back and forth with the Ballers about binding design. People have discussed toe height, release mechanism design, cuff height, buckle tension…etc. What are your thoughts on these things and the future of binding design at HO?

Are modern skis better better specifically because they weigh less or do they weigh less as a result of better materials?

Bob LaPoint is a 5 time world champion from another era and you are an engineer with an aerospace background. When started to work together were there any unexpected revolutions. Can you share some the ideas that he brought that you did not expect or vice versa?

Been told by many, that ski companies will design the mid weight ski such as 66” and 67” skis and the 65” and 68” don’t have the design time, instead just scale the ski to size. And due to that its better to go with one of the mid weight ski. Any truth to that?

How do release dates play into the design process? Do you feel pressure to get something new out “in time”? What if the design is not ready? Would you consider skipping a model year to prefect a design you’re confident in?

I have the Syndicate Hardshell front and the HO choptop on the rear which I really like. But apparently HO has done away with the choptop (its not on your website any longer). So what good options does HO provide for the rear foot if somebody has the hardshell in the front? I am not a toe-loop guy.

What happened to the step bottom used on S2, seems like you guys spent a bunch of time working on that innovation. P.S. I really like that ski.

When was the A1 first released and could HO produce an anniversary production run?
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  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 201 Solid Baller
    So. Good.

    Loved this video. Awesome topics, awesome conversation.

    Probably my favourite video ever posted to Ball of Spray.

    Thanks @MarcusBrown and Dave. Very cool.
    Patrick Moore
  • skihartskihart Posts: 493 Solid Baller
    Great stuff guys. Love hearing from Dave about the technical aspects of ski design from the HO perspective. Looking forward to the next one.
  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 468 Solid Baller
    Great video Marcus, Dave! See you guys at Nationals.

    I would have never thought that my question about the pontoon bevels would mean that they were for grip because the rate of concave moving in went up. I thought by looking at them that they provided more support when the ski was on edge or in a turn. Very cool to learn the reason for them and how they work. Thanks!
    Jarrus Steele - Orlando, Florida
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,859 Mega Baller
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 289 Crazy Baller
    @MarcusBrown , thanks for this! And thanks for reading my question about binding design. Very cool to have Dave chime in on this.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 934 Mega Baller
    Awesome video. Lots of really good info. Well worth doing IMO and will have me taking another look at HO for sure.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 610 Crazy Baller
    I loved this! Maybe it's the engineer in me but the ski development information is so cool. I can't get enough.

    I kind of figured the speed skin created a turbulent layer so the water releases from the ski. Similar to a golf ball. Makes sense that it would only really help in smooth water, I didn't think of that.
  • GarGar Posts: 311 Baller
    Fantastic time to try the Pro!
  • wawaskrwawaskr Posts: 211 Baller
    Shout out to @ToddA
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,604 Administrator
    As soon as they get done with the 2019 photoshoot in Orlando I will talk to HO about the next episode.
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  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,254 Mega Baller
    Great content. Thank you Dave and Marcus. I listen to Podcasts fairly often and have to say, an hour + is not a bad thing at all. I honest prefer them longer, as the depth of data is not constrained. Thanks again guys
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