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FATBlades bring comfort of snowboard boots to custom-built skis

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February 9, 2014

The extra width compared to traditional skis allows for a larger surface area, which the c...

The extra width compared to traditional skis allows for a larger surface area, which the company says elevates the rider to the surface of the snow

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Aiming to harness the mobility of skiing without the uncomfortable and cumbersome footwear, the team behind FATblades has designed a pair of customized skis with which riders can wear traditional snowboard boots.

FATblades are an adaptation of snow blades (also known as ski blades or trick skis) that are approximately 40 percent wider in order to accommodate regular snowboard bindings.

In arriving at the final design, the company found that the blades performed best at a length of under a meter, making it possible to ski with the feet closer together and allowing for sharper turns.

The extra width compared to traditional skis equates to a larger surface area, which the company says elevates the rider to the surface of the snow, allowing them to "surf across the top."

While FATblades work with all bindings and boots, the company recommends exoskeleton-style bindings which provide extra support between the high-back and baseplate and increase the response from the blades.

This isn't the first attempt at merging the two conventional snow sports. In 2012 we looked at a product from Dual Snowboard which essentially took the typical snowboard and cut it in half, offering a board for each foot and opening up al kinds of possibilities for creative snow bunnies looking to expand the repertoire of tricks.

FATBlades are currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign and a pledge of CAD$395 will put you in line for a set. Shipping is targetted for April if all goes to plan.

You can see the FATblades take to the slopes in the video below.

Source: FATBlades, Kickstarter

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Nick Lavars Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. He now writes for Gizmag, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, Melbourne's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.   All articles by Nick Lavars
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Something very similar to this already existed in the 80s when we were trying to transition from straight skis to spatulas. There was a short lived period when short stubby skis like these were seen everywhere in Europe.

They were actually a lot of fun. They weren't meant for serious skiing, but just to putt around bunny slopes with a lot of sensations.

33Nick
10th February, 2014 @ 04:48 pm PST
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