Ski gimmick with the most potential?

graham418

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These are Heschung 'Racer' boots from early 70's. The used a lightweight leather that was plastic-coated for stiffness. They had a funky cable and buckle system to get the good tightness. All the cool racer kids had these. ( I wasn't one of them!)
 

Uncle-A

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I owned D. above replaced it with these.

Those Dolomites were comfy, especially after owning Scott Super Hots which permanently tenderized my shins.
Do you remember the ski shop that you purchased the Dolomites from?
 

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I can picture it in my mind but not the name. It was in Buffalo when I was at UB.
Thanks, I thought you might have purchased them here in NJ. The shop I worked at was one of the largest Dolomite dealer in NJ and if you got them here it might have been in the shop I worked. Oh well I was just wondering.
 

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I'm ready for a gadget that turns you ski poles in to a pop up folding seat. Back in the day we'd stick our skis in the snow tails down and tips up about 18" apart and lay the poles across the bindings and sit on the poles.. Stuff like that pre turned up tails is fine for kicking back out on the side of the trials..

I'm looking for something you can pop out and take a seat while shimmying through a long and slow lift line...
 

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D. I owned a pair of Nordica Polaris back in the day and loved them. If I could get some in the 100-120 flex range and 102 mm wide, I would buy them.
 

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These are Heschung 'Racer' boots from early 70's. The used a lightweight leather that was plastic-coated for stiffness. They had a funky cable and buckle system to get the good tightness. All the ,, cool racer kids had these. ( I wasn't one of them!)
Those Heschungs were something a lot of racers held on to long after better boots came out . It was a bit of a cult thing among certain higher caliber racers. They also came in blue if I recall.
 

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Those Heschungs were something a lot of racers held on to long after better boots came out . It was a bit of a cult thing among certain higher caliber racers. They also came in blue if I recall.
They remind me of the Molitar boots of the past with the zig zag cable. You can go to the All Things Molitar page for pictures.
 

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These are Heschung 'Racer' boots from early 70's. The used a lightweight leather that was plastic-coated for stiffness. They had a funky cable and buckle system to get the good tightness. All the cool racer kids had these. ( I wasn't one of them!)
I was one of them. I found they really didn't have the stiffness I wanted, and after about two weeks I hit a bump sitting back and the plastic crimped and broke. I traded in the warrantee pair for Langes. Friends who were stuck with them were envious. I didn't see the cult that liked them, but I heard about some race stock boots that were beefier.

One fatal flaw---they were designed to put your foot really low to the ski, "for better feel". Later of course we learned the advantage riser plates and thick soles.
 

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All gimmicks have potential but most are exercises in vanity and/or marketing. The ski industry being plagued by the latter as much as anything. The only gimmick that I think ever really made it was the rear entry boot and that was at the price of reducing skiability and ski skills for a decade or more. Having basically used rear entries in my teen years, about 18 years ago I tried my Dad's for one run, coming off a very low end overlap boot (I was mainly snowboarding at the time). Basically unskiable. All credit to @mdf for persisting and yes I recognise the niche for those with low ankle mobility still.
 

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Gripwalk is a gimmick that's just accelerated obsolescence into everyone's existing kit - surprised people are such mugs
 
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