Hola mis amigos! As the days have gotten super short (an awesome reminder that winter is FINALLY here…) I’ve begun to pack my things to head up to the mountains for the season. I know many of you have asked about what kind of equipment I use as far skis and equipment go, so I thought I’d do a little blog break-down of the gear I use on the daily.
First, let me tell you about my method of skiing. It’s called 3-track skiing and it involves only one full ski (regular boot, regular bindings) and then I use what are called outriggers (mine are Superlites from Enabling Technologies) for stability and balance. I then just stand and balance on my one leg and use the outriggers for weight balance and for when I am not in my ski as they double as crutches. Other methods include sit-skiing (or mono-skiing), 4-tracking, and visually impaired skiing where the skier has a guide.
The awesome fellas at the High Fives Foundation, Volkl Skis and Marker (bindings) hooked it up last year with all my boards which are all in pristine condition, waxed, and ready for some corduroy so that’s what I will be on all this year! Thanks guys!
As mentioned above, I use Superlite Outriggers from Enabling Technologies and they are awesome. They have these super comfortable hand grips and they have engineered these pair specifically for racing.
I ride a Rossignol boot which I’d like to thank them for as they had a single left in my size chillin’ in the warehouse! Size 15 US and they had one!!!!! GRACIAS! ( I went a year a half with a boot that didn’t fit : / )
The awesome folks at Leki hooked it up with a sweet pair of gloves that have a nice titanium plate over the knuckles for slalom protection. AND THEY ARE WARM! Double bonus!
My prosthetist, or leg doc as I like to call him, is Jason Riley. He works out of Orthotic Prosthetic Solutions in Longmont, CO. He generously supplies me with any prosthetic adjustments, fittings and repairs that I need. He ALSO made my protective carbon fiber, leg cover and “stump” cover to prevent slalom gates from breaking my bones 🙂 (another double bonus…) Jason also runs triathlons, which is pretty coo.
My prosthetic is from Freedom Innovations. It’s is proudly made here in the USA and I choose to wear the Plie 2.0 Micro-Processor Knee and the Renegade AT Foot but they make all kinds of sweet products for amputees, including a ski foot!!!
Well I believe that mostly gives the breakdown of my gear this season minus a few odds and ends and cracked goggles I have to replace (details will follow)… Please help extend my appreciation of these awesome folks mentioned above by clicking on their links and liking their pages as they have shown me support and I would like to return the favor!
Thank you all for your continued support as I train and prepare for the 2014 Paralympic Games! You rock.
Peace, Love and Happiness,