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post Dec 11 2005, 07:40 AM
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I was wondering if anyone has tried the short little snow skis with their kite?

I am just learning how to snowboard, so I pulled out my long downhill skis. I picked it up in minutes, but I think those short skis would work even better. The transition is a little tricky with long skis, but very cool.

I seen a Mini snowboard for adults, has anyone researched this new technology for snow kiting. Since the snowboard is 1/2 the size it looks much easier to move around on and with the kite to give you power it should be fine. I am doing some research on it so any information would be appreciated.


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post Dec 16 2005, 09:14 AM
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Been using both long and "shorty skis
Shorty (~2 1/2 ft) for the winder and snowier days.
The long skis (180cm) are good for the ice; seem to need that long edge to get a bite on the ice.

Actually bought the shorty for my daughter for down hill, but she never really liked them so I've put them to good use the last couple of winters. They have bindings that are easily adjustable to any size boot, but they are non-release bindings so beware of ankle twisters. Bought them new at 'play it again sports' for ~$80.00.

We where out on a giant last week-end and I was glad I had the very old 180cm skis as we hit rocks dirt and other stuff that scraped the #$^$% out of the bottom.

As far as boots are concerned, I use a very vey old pair.
I bought them used ten yrs ago, and told by a downhill ski salesman: "I'd like to sell you a set of skis, but you really need boots: your legs are inputting the motion but the bots aren't transferring it to the skis": Interpretation: you boots are so old and the padding so worn out that they slop around on your feet. He was right of course, but these same boots have been working for the past two winters for kiteboarding. It more kite control than leg to ski input imho.

Regarding cutting down skis: I've cut down a few pair, and depending the composite used it can work well or leave a mess. That needs to be re-fiber glassed at the ends.

For binding use the same screws as the original mount and make sure you drill the right size pilot hole for the screw. I even drilled through the ski one time but a little of the melt-able epoxy they sell at ski shops fixed it for years.

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Turtle   Mini Skis or Mini Snowboards   Dec 11 2005, 07:40 AM
SaulOhio   I use microskis. They are very nice on a good base...   Dec 13 2005, 06:35 AM
Turtle   Thanks   Dec 13 2005, 08:18 AM
evilgun   in last months "the kiteboarder" Mag they had a s...   Dec 13 2005, 08:38 AM
SaulOhio   Re: Thanks   Dec 13 2005, 07:06 PM
SaulOhio   I said I would post some videos, but the Putfile s...   Dec 14 2005, 07:36 PM
Turtle   Micro Skis   Dec 15 2005, 08:01 AM
SaulOhio   More videos   Dec 15 2005, 06:43 PM
Turtle   More Questions for the New Guy   Dec 16 2005, 07:59 AM
SaulOhio   Re: More Questions for the New Guy   Dec 16 2005, 05:20 PM

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