Sunday, February 3, 2013

When ski boot brands make a difference!


OK, Let's keep this really simple: look at every one of these photos and evaluate the outside knee relative to the inside knee. These guys all know how to ski. Yet there is a distinct similarity in their stance. Knees together and what we call an "A-Frame". There is also a common ski boot in this equation, it's a Fischer Boot!
                                                                Knocked-kneed!
                                                        Late release, knee inside!
                                          Huge counter, reverse or counter hip, "A' frame.

 Outside ski going straight, upper body rotated! J. P. Grange, previously a great slalom skier, on Fischer boots now.

Wow, Fisher boots again, Huge "A' frame. Manny!
More of the same!



Notice the difference in leg angles compared to the above skiers, these guys are winning. 

Now let's look at the difference: "A" Frame here!


(Above) Knocked-kneeed or "A frame"


        Notice the difference in leg angles compared to the above skiers, these guys are winning. 

Bow-legged
Much of this has to do with boot design and boot set up by manufacturer's boot reps.


 Felix Neureuther has a great set up, as do most of the Nordica skiers in tech events. .
 His legs or shin angles are very close to always being parallel. In big vertical separation situations;  is when you can really notice what the boots and movements create. The above photo shows his inside leg and ski more tipped and diverging. This is hard to do. But it's excellent, because it brings the hips lower to the side, and more access to bigger angles on the outside leg.

1 comment:

DAVID PENNINGTON said...

any recommendations for bowleggedness or conversely, brands to avoid?