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    Talking New ski training device

    First of all, we're posting on the forum with the permission of NASTAR. We recently launched the SkiA ‘Sweetspot’ Ski Trainer in the USA. We had a small team showing the trainer at the National Championships in Aspen - but if you haven’t seen or heard of it yet, I’d like to introduce it.

    The Sweetspot Trainer is the smallest, lightest and most cost-effective ski training device on the market.

    It can improve the performance of almost every skier, but it’s a particularly good tool for racers. We've had some great feedback from skiers, instructors, trainers and coaches http://skia.com/us/what_people_say/

    It’s a dry-land trainer (used while wearing ski boots) that trains very active and accurate skills of fore/aft balance. It’s also a way of practising pivoting and edging skills. Balancing on them is highly dynamic, and they’re fast and fun to use.

    Each pack comes with 4 sizes of balance block, all of which centre on the mid-sole mark. Balancing on a pair of the blocks gives a sense of being balanced on exactly that point. The green blocks are easy for anyone to use. The blue and red blocks are progressively smaller, and get significantly harder. The black blocks are only ? inch wide, and are designed to be extremely difficult (at least as hard as, say, balancing on a slackline, but highly skiing-specific).

    We do find that good skiers are often sceptical of the trainers, until they try them. They expect them to be easy, and perhaps a trivial or irrelevant challenge. They are, in fact, highly challenging, and the skills transfer directly to high performance skiing.

    We believe the trainers can be a great tool for the racing community. We want to play a positive role in the community, and particularly want to work with and support clubs

    We also want to get the trainers used and tested by NASTAR members, so we’re offering an introductory discount of 45% for 1 week only (to 17th April) – $39.85 plus p&p, rather than the usual $72.50.
    Enter NASTAR13 on http://skia.com/us/basket/

    Thanks for checking us out

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    I've been looking at your product for a while and this offer made up my mind to give it a try.

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    I've had this device for a while. I haven't used it that much but have used it and it does challenge your balance. I thought I would breeze through the different sized blocks but found my balance isn't as good as I thought; still on the blue blocks! I also have found that balancing edge to edge is way easier than balancing using rotary.

    Now that ski season is over for me, I'm making it part of my workouts.

    This is a pretty good deal and feel comfortable saying that most if not all will have some discoveries on their balance and position.

    Have fun,
    Ken

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    Welcome to the NASTAR Forum: SkiA_Ski_Trainer

    Hi Martin:

    Glad you've joined the Forum. Thanks for the post and introduction to SkiA ‘Sweetspot’ Ski Trainer.

    I corrected the URL link in your original post for what_people_say. Forum visitors can now hit the link and connect directly to your web site.

    If you have any questions or need any assistance, shoot a PM to me. I would be glad to help..

    Cheers,

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    I just ordered it. I'll see how bad my balance is.

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    I gave it a shot too-for less than 50 bucks it's worth a try. I'll report when I get them-got a lot of months before I see if it helps my skiing though!

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    I've figured out a couple things.

    1) Start at the beginning (green blocks) and don't try to skip any of the blocks. You really need to master each one before progressing

    2) It is more difficult to balance on a piece of wood on the carpet, than a solid hard floor like the basement. The carpet has a pad and of course the carpet is soft making it a little like a wobble board. Was very discouraging until I realized what was going on.

    3) Partially because I'm lazy, I don't like taking the trainer on and off my boots. Especially since it's the off season. I route the front strap that should go over the toe box between the buckles, in front of the toe box on top of the toe (binding) lug. Same as the heel strap. This allows me to leave everything hooked up and I can put the boots on and take them off with the device hooked up.

    4) I don't like always having to align the marks up when for some reason I do have to remove the device from my boots (i.e. daughter uses them), so I marked the straps with a Sharpie at my settings. Much quicker and takes the guess work out and me looking for my glasses to see if everything is aligned.

    5) If you are watching TV while using the trainer and Dancing With the Stars happens to be on (commercial) when your wife walks in the room, she will laugh hysterically!

    Have fun,

    Ken

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    Just ordered one too - with the discount, not too bad - figure this can work into my off-season training regimine - we'll see.

    - wonder how hard it'll be to drink beer while wearing these?

    :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer X View Post
    Just ordered one too - with the discount, not too bad - figure this can work into my off-season training regimine - we'll see.

    - wonder how hard it'll be to drink beer while wearing these?

    :)
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    I Just saw this product advertised online, and now see it promo'd here on the forum, I just tried to order a set, but the promo code is expired... is there anything current for nastar racers?

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