UpDated: Dude, Where Is My SkiBee?

UpDated: Dude, Where Is My SkiBee?

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What we wrote last year: The prize for one of the more original innovations in cross country skiing goes to Donald Steeg, a "tool and dye maker from the Detroit area," and, by all accounts, an avid skier. Back in 1970, Steeg had unveiled his SkiBee, "a propulsion unit for motorized skiing". Equipped with an eight-horsepower engine and a 24-inch propeller, SkiBee could accelerate the skier along the trail at the speed human propulsion is not quite capable of - neither then nor now. The Detroit Free Press newspaper put it thus at the time: "Now It's the Super Fan To Aid the Uphill Skier! If you have $300, earplugs, a strong back, and the urge to go your own way, call Steeg Industries in Redford Township. The company sold…
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Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

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Amer Sports , the owner of Salomon and Atomic, have released its Q1 2017 financial report. The Winter Sports Equipment department, as Amer Sports calls its ski/poles/boots producing brands, has reported a massive year-on-year growth – the sales went up stunning 18 percent to €52.1 million – even if other company departments' sales were flat or depressed. Says Heikki Takala, president and CEO, Amer Sports "...We made strong progress in Winter Sports Equipment, and started to rebound in Fitness...” The Finnish sports equipment and apparel maker stresses that the growth to “was aided by good snow conditions in many key markets” Sure, the last winter in Europe was much snowier than the previous ones, but making good skis – and having elite racers win on them - couldn't possibly hurt…
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Train Your Balance Like a Boss

Train Your Balance Like a Boss

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The body balance is, likely, the most important single factor in cross country skiing – unless you happen to be a dedicated double-poler, in which case read no further. For those of us, however, who practice either old good diagonal classic stride or skating, a balance training is a must. Naturally, there are dozens of devices and gadgets designed to aid – starting with simplest of all, a plastic bottle filled with water, all the way to fancy professional machines for $$$$$. The Austrian company MFT has turned the balance training into a form of computer gaming. The MFT Challenge Disc 2.0 connects to you phone or tablet via Bluetooth – et voila, instead of counting seconds, you now actively swing your lower limbs achieving corresponding gaming action on your…
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Elbow pain from poling? StaffanSTAVEN to the rescue

Elbow pain from poling? StaffanSTAVEN to the rescue

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Low impact on our knees and feet is one of the benefits of the cross country skiing that we appreciate the most. There is one caveat though – from time to time, at least some of us develop a pain in the elbow due to the overuse of sticks, causing tendinitis, a minor inflammation. Once upon a time the doctor's verdict was simple: give it a rest and avoid training for a while. Now, all that is coming to an end thanks to a Swedish innovation, the StaffanSTAVEN shock dampers. StaffanSTAVEN (or "Staffan's poles") is the brainchild, of Staffan Larsson, the winner of the 1999 Vasaloppet, and Gunnar Winroth, an orthopedic surgeon. Together, they figured out that inserting a specially calibrated spiral spring encased in a carbon-fibre tube into a pole handle would provide a very…
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Rollerski with LED Lights

Rollerski with LED Lights

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Ever had the feeling that your gear is functional and cool, but misses that sleek, modern touch? An Italian manufacturer, Ski Skett, knows how to help. This coming season, the good people from  Sandrigo, Vicenza are bringing to the market a rollerski model featuring "LED lights integrated into the fork". As you would expect, the new rollers are for the classic style – imagine the light beams going wild, were you to integrate the lights into the skating ones! The model is named "Marcialonga", and, apart from the slightly geeky looking LEDs, features rubber wheels, waterproof bearings, a leg brake and a frame made of "aeronautical alloy" - which, presumably, stands for what most people call "aluminium". Ski Skett promotes “Marcialonga” as a model for longer runs. The unspoken message of the product is that "nothing prepares you for the rigors of the Cascata climb…
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