The latest ski gear isn’t just about the style; it’s about how you perform on the mountain.
New research from North Carolina State University suggests that ski performers need to adopt new strategies to stay competitive and protect their jobs. As traditional skiing becomes more individual and group activities are combined, the research points to the fact that the sport is constantly evolving to suit the new ways people want to play and stay inspired.
Here, we’ll explore how new research is shaping the future of skiing and the gear you need to stay prepared.
While other winter sports might see an increase in injuries due to more frequent and aggressive practices, skiing is actually experiencing a decrease in injuries thanks to a new device called an adaptor.
The adaptor is a small piece of equipment that connects your ski poles to your skis. It was originally designed to improve snowboarding, as it allows the rider to switch from regular skiing to a snowboard without having to change their grips or bindings. Thus, it was named “snowboard mode.”
While this is a convenient feature for snowboarding, it’s also beneficial for regular skiers looking to change the way they perform. Instead of having to remove their ski boots to change their skis, a skier can now quickly adapt to the changing conditions by connecting their footwear to their skis through the use of an adaptor.
This allows them to easily adjust their technique and make necessary changes to their skiing style according to the snow and the terrain they’re skiing on. They no longer need to worry about having their boots detached which, in turn, can help reduce the risk of injury.
While injuries and accidents might decrease, the amount of time the average skier spends on the mountain doesn’t. Thanks to new research and advancements in gear, designers are making skiing more comfortable and efficient.
With the advent of the snowboard mode, the way we look at skiing and the gear we use to do it changed. Gone are the days of having to choose between skiing and snowboarding. Now, we have crossover gear, allowing us to enjoy the advantages of both sports on the mountain.
Designers are incorporating tech into their gear to make the experience more enjoyable. For example, Shimano, the industry leader in cycling gear, recently unveiled an innovative new line of gear designed specifically for skiing. The company was motivated to create a product that offers the best of both worlds, fashion and function.
Furthering this theme, ski and snowboard gear now feature design elements from other sports, such as surfing. For example, the Quiksilver team collaborated with Japanese design firm, YKK APEX, to create a jacket that pays homage to the surfer’s lifestyle and the beauty of the ocean.
The way we play and the gear we use to do it change, but the fundamental nature of the sport stays the same. The desire to explore and the thrill of victory will forever be a part of the winter holiday ritual for everyone.