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Ski gimmicks

bhsbhs Posts: 279 Baller
edited June 2012 in Mostly Slalom
Not calling the step bottom of the S2 a gimmick but it does remind me of some "new and innovative" ideas you don't see anymore.
For example, HOs power sticks and the Obrien fin with the flap to relieve pressure on one side of the turn.
Anyone think of any other crazy ski ideas we don't see anymore?


  • dipdip Posts: 10 Baller
    My Connelly Attack had a binding system designed to float allowing the ski to have it's natural flex. (actually extremely comfortable bindings). Jobe also made the Carbon V or whatever it was called in the 80's with the V shaped tail. I think it was supposed to give the ski a shorter length for the turns and greater length at the rail for cross-wake.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,823 Mega Baller
    I recall seeing some ski with a fin that was on a bar attached to the back binding. When there was back heal pressure, the fin slid through the ski slot and deeper. This also caused the wing to decrease in angle. When the back foot pressure was less, the wing rose up through the ski's fin slot making the wing angle more aggressive but the fin not so deep. I can't recall what the ski was, if it was just a prototype or what... There was a lot of hardware in that contraption. Just the mechanism alone surely weighed more than some of today's skis.
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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,823 Mega Baller
    Oh... and Carbon fins...
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  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,901 Mega Baller
    The twin fin thruster! Crap that just dated me!
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  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Obrien Vengence and AlIegence were a cluster f.... of gimmicks. Ya had 3 ways (2 plates and a rod) you could adjust the stiffness of the tail. Plate for tip flex adjustment. A mini fin under the boot and an hour glass shape forward of the boots. I remember the add. Also a cluster f... of all the things pointed out and then explained. As for the step bottom, I would have said maybe with the S2. But there is no way IMHO the Coefficiant Xsl would operate as will as it does without it. It moves fast and swings stupid wide.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I would add to the question ... What design features have truly stood the test of time or made skies jump in performance across the board like Carbon fiber.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,049
    Nano Twist...gimmick.
    Bob Grizzi
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,092 Mega Baller
    Nano & Twist both gimmicks
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,228 Mega Baller
    Whale tail.
  • SkihackSkihack Posts: 448 Baller
    You have to remember the tunnel wings on the EP GX1.
  • bhsbhs Posts: 279 Baller
    You have to describe the wings on the EP.... Don't remember.

    The Obrien vengeance, was that the one where the tunnel kinda Crissy crossed towards the tail? It had that funky tip.... Or maybe that was the G3.

    Nano twist really?
  • SkihackSkihack Posts: 448 Baller
    it was like two small tubes, one on each side of the fin. I remember trying one in the year 1984, got the ski from Dave Curmi with EP. The Prostock was still the top of the line ski that year though. You really didn't need a wing on the Pro Stock that was a wicked ski. It was recommended for 32 off and shorter.
  • DutchDutch Posts: 20 Baller
    The wing on the EP GX3 was called a venturi tube. The other gimmick was the Mastercraft ski that had a radius built into one side or the other depending on right or left foot forward. Does anyone else think that sounds a bit like the "twist"?
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,525 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    @MattP You are correct
    Shut up and ski
  • webbdawg99webbdawg99 Posts: 1,067 Mega Baller
    What's happened with the Raley ventral wing? I know it was a hot topic for a while but it seems to have faded....
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,228 Mega Baller
    Wasn't there a Jobe with a "V" notched tail?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,092 Mega Baller
    Hype, Hype, Hype.
  • TriplettTriplett Posts: 209 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    A little birdy told me (twitter) that they have production skis and they will be at the big dog in France. I know it doesn't help you @OB but it is start. Give them props though. From concept to production in under a year if I am not mistaken.
    Brent Triplett - Michigan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,758 Administrator
    Come on man that is a little harsh. They have a web site and have shown some skis but if you go to their web site you will see that the skis are not yet of sale. It was not practical to keep what they were doing a secret and it takes time to get going.
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  • TaperflexTaperflex Posts: 55 Baller
    Western Funnel Tunnel. We called it the funky tunnel. Also, remember the adjustable wing? It had a knob on the top of the fin so you could adjust the wing angle for head or tail winds.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,839 Mega Baller
    Torque Super Comp with the venturi tunnel.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
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