my Mountain News

Is it Time to Get New Gear?

Fri, 17/12/2004 - 12:00 am

By Neil Sawatzky, Retail Manager, Ski Dazzle

When I find the time to get out on the mountain, I’m always looking at the equipment that people are using. You’d be surprised at the number of people still wearing rear-entry boots and using non-shaped “pencil” skis! If you’re one of these people, you need to come to Ski Dazzle immediately!
The difference between skiing shaped and non-shaped skis is like the difference between flying in First Class and flapping your arms up and down really fast. One is relaxing and effortless, and the other does nothing but make you sweat.
Some of you have purchased shaped skis but are still wearing rear entry boots. That’s like buying a Ferrari with cheap tires. Rear entry boots are essentially a tube that you slide your foot into and close at the back. Sure they’re easy to put on, but the transfer of energy from your foot to the ski is almost nil. The new designs of overlap-style boots are incredibly comfortable and offer dazzling performance.

Feel free to pop in to Ski Dazzle and I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.