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Why are FLOSkis so different?

The toe of the binding is placed at the center of the ski, effectively shortening the tails. This allows the deep side cut to control turning like skates. So you already know how to ski them! This is only possible because of the Hydro-Dynamic Stabilization  device mounted on all   Flo Skis.  The Flo forces the tip of the ski onto the snow even in lumpy conditions. And secondly, this skate like action is made possible by a unique "Full Flex Riser. This riser allows a skier to quickly and easily bend the ski at any speed to steer or carve the ski in any direction and turn radius. Most intuitive and ergonomic ski control in the industry.
In addition, the full suspension   riser, prevents the  tail from losing grip and skidding on hard snow. The FLO and the   Full Flex Riser combine to  create performance much greater than that of much longer skis. The tails do not get caught in the bumps, crud or powder so the skier does not have to lift them   to turn. Like skates.

In powder, the tips rise out of the snow because the skier's center of gravity is closer to the tails, inclining the tips upward. It's like setting the trim on a boat or aircraft, providing much more lift than much longer and fatter conventional powder skis.

The shorter tail of Flo Skis greatly reduces the risk of knee injury. (See the ACL page on this web site.)
The FLO Skis are constructed using a light and strong 100% bamboo core, double layered with cross-linked fiberglass and carbon fiber. These features are expensive but they give the skis unparalleled rebound energy, strength and durability. Other so-called bamboo core skis use only small bamboo stringers paired with other, cheaper and less resilient woods. Using a pure 100% bamboo core is only possible with the FLO stabilizer to counter the material's extremely energetic  properties.
The bamboo core is so strong and resilient that we give a lifetime guarantee against breakage.

We guarantee that FLO Skis will maximize your skiing fun, allow you to stay on-slope for many more hours without tiring, greatly increase your control and safety, advance your abilities to a level you only dreamed of, and open up terrain that you once thought beyond your ability.

For details on Flo Ski's special designs and technology, see our Technology page.

Hydro-Dynamic Stabilization  
The hydro dynamic stabilizer  is the heart of the high performance system. It is a shock absorber mounted on the tips of our skis and snowboards, which radically cuts down on vibration that causes the edges to repeatedly break loose from the snow. Less contact means less control.

The hydro dynamic stabilizer ensures that more of the edge maintains pressure on the snow; more constant edge contact translates into smooth carving, with greater control particularly during high speed, high-G turns on crud.  Turns  initiate more quickly with less effort because the total effective side-cut is much greater.

You will be in full control when others  are nervously skittering on the brink of wipe-out. Less chatter also means less muscle fatigue, allowing you to ski or ride longer in tough conditions. (See table for endurance comparisons.)

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Common questions

Q: What’s the big problem with vibration?
A: Vibration “shortens” a conventional ski or board by about a quarter its nominal length, reducing stability and forcing the skier or rider to fight for control. In other words, if you have a 180cm ski or board, about 45cm is flapping ineffectually above the snow and only about three-quarters of the edge remains in constant contact with the snow.

Q: How does these shock absorbers work?
A: The shocks inertia counters lower frequency vibrations, while the lead shot absorbs higher frequencies. The pellets move in different directions at different rates in response to different harmonics. Energy is dissipated as the pellets bounce off each other and change direction. And their velocity is dampened by the oil’s viscosity, converting kinetic energy into heat (though the temperature variation is too small for you to feel).

Q: Why haven’t other shock absorber systems worked well?
A: Ski and board vibration is a problem that has stumped designers for decades. There have been numerous attempts over the years to solve it but none have been truly effective because they were effective only over a narrow range of vibration frequencies. The  hydro dynamic shock is designed to absorb a wide range.

Q: What are these shocks made of?
A:
They comprise a super-thick puncture-proof urethane sachet containing a half-pound (226 grams) of nickel-plated lead shot, air and synthetic oil.


Q: What happens if I puncture a shock?
A: These shocks  are extremely tough and will withstand even the most powerful misplaced pole plant, the most disastrous collisions, the roughest treatment. You may succeed if you attack it with a razor sharp knife – but who would want to do that?

Full-flex Riser

FLO Skis have an inch-high riser giving the skier greater leverage on the edges. The underside of the riser is curved so that the ski can flex to its full extent without interference, ensuring continuous edge control from tips to tails.

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Shorter Rocker Tail

Aft-mounted bindings for knee protection and greater maneuverability

The shock absorber’s counter-weight on the ski or snowboard tips allows bindings to be set back further than on a conventional ski or board, which provides three major advantages:

    •    The short, soft tail virtually eliminates the risk of ACL injury by preventing “phantom foot syndrome”.  (Link to orthopedic surgeons endorsements)
    •    Improves short-radius maneuverability, particularly in crud and moguls where tails can get caught up during a sliding turn.
    •    Encourages better fore-aft balance. The tail does not provide the “back-seat” found on conventional skis.

Common questions

Q: What’s phantom foot syndrome?

A: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur when a skier falls backwards with the ski tail caught under the skier (as if an invisible foot was holding it in place). As the hips drop below mid-thigh level or more (so that the knee angulates between 45 and 140 degrees), tension on the ACL builds until it tears. For more information, check out http://www.ski-injury.com/prevention/kb

 

Q: How do FLO SKIS’ short tails prevent phantom-foot syndrome?

A: The tails on conventional skis are usually much longer and stiffer than those on FLO SKIS Their length acts as a powerful lever with which to exert force against the ACL. The stiffness keeps the ski’s edge locked in the snow, preventing the foot from slipping out from under the skier that would alleviate catastrophic tension building on the ACL. In contrast, FLO SKIS have softer, shorter tails which are able to flex and slide away from the skier’s body, relieving pressure on the knee.


Variable flex soft tails

The tail of FLO SKIS are designed to flex more dynamically than on a conventional ski, allowing greater fore-aft action without getting shin-slap or being thrown off balance. This is particularly valuable in crud and moguls which causes rapid changes in ski speed and direction relative to the skier.

The soft tails “mould” to dips and hollows in the snow, maintaining full-length contact, without knocking the skier about.

A stiffener attached beneath the binding stops the tails over-flexing. This allows the aggressive  skier to “load up” potential energy  in the tails in the completion phase of a turn, then release it as kinetic energy as they move forward into the new turn.
 

Common questions

Q: Wouldn’t having a soft, short tail increase the likelihood of being bucked over backwards in lumpy terrain?
A: No. The flex is inversely compounding. By that I mean, the more the tail bends, the more the resistance increases exponentially, providing the solid platform you need to recover your balance. Flex is ultimately limited by a mechanical short-stop attached behind the binding.

Unbreakable Core
FLO SKIS are constructed using light and strong 100% bamboo core, double layered with cross-linked fiberglass. These features are expensive but they give the skis unparalleled rebound energy, strength and durability. Other so-called bamboo core skis use only small  bamboo stringers paired with other, cheaper and less resilient woods. Using a pure 100% bamboo core is only possible with the shock stabilizer to counter material's extremely bouncy properties.
 
The bamboo core is so strong and resilient that we give a lifetime guarantee against breakage. 

Multiple T-nut Binding Positions

No-failure binding interface

Most bindings are screwed directly into a ski’s top plate and under extreme conditions, the screws can rip out. Not with flo Skis. They have T-nuts inset through the core during manufacture, just as snowboards do. These are ten times stronger than the regular binding interface.

The Flo Riser is then secured to the tee-nuts by four 6mm machine-grade screws onto which the bindings are attached. The binding and riser can be moved quickly with an allen wrench to different positions to tune your skis to meet the day's snow conditions.

Common questions

Q: Why don’t other ski makers use T-nuts?
A: Because it is cheaper and less complicated not to. It’s easier to just drill holes in the top plate.

Q: Many skis manufacturers use rail bindings, and they don’t rip out. Why does Flo SKIS not have rail bindings?
A: With rail bindings, you are stuck with whatever the ski manufacturer supplies. They are sold as a set… take it or leave it. With FloSKIS, while we supply Tyrollia bindings, you still have the choice to change to another type, or put on your old tried-and-trues. We don’t want to take the choice away from you.
 

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Adjustable fore-aft binding position

Some skis are good in deep powder, but hopeless on hard-pack. Others are great at big carving runs on icy groomers but can’t hack it in cruddy chutes. Flo SKIS can be easily adjusted for any terrain, any snow condition.
Moving the bindings slightly fore or aft is like shifting the trim on an aircraft or boat; it changes pitch relative to the line of travel. For example, setting the bindings back to “Deep Powder” will incline the tips higher than usual, allowing them to float over the fluffy stuff.  Setting them forward to “Speed” puts more weight on the tips and ensures even edge pressure along the whole ski for stable, powerful carved turns.


Adjustable binding cant

The bindings can be canted laterally to change edging characteristics. For instance, you may want quick edge transfer for carving in icy conditions; or you might want less “bite” for lots of rotary action.
Common questions

Q: How do you change the cant?
A: You use the attached Allan key to remove four bolts, then insert a spacer between the riser and the ski. Takes about five minutes.

Quick-change Binding Fit

We use lightweight Tyrolia SR 100, with a DIN range of 2.5 to 10, which caters for any adult of any weight and ability. The quick-adjust system lets friends and family try   FLO SKIS, no matter their boot size.

Binding positions are easily altered at the resort by the skier to suit the skier's ability, and the conditions. The bindings can be adjusted for a ladies 6 to a man's 12. Din settings can be tuned for a light beginner (DIN2.5) to a heavy expert (DIN10). Canting can be adjusted at 0 degrees, or 2 degrees for maximum hold.

 Common questions

Q: I already have a good pair of bindings. Can I replace the TYROLIA  with them?

A: Sure.

Super-hard Stainless Steel Edges

FLOSKIS  are manufactured with the hardest rust resistant stainless edge metal available, meaning your skis keep their tuning longer.

Rocker-camber Versatility
The early-riser tips and upturned tails make FLO SKIS a dream in the powder and slush. The high-arch camber, combined with the bamboo core’s “fast-twitch” elasticity, keeps edges in constant contact with the hard stuff.
Three Sizes

Flo Skis come in three sizes; short, shorter, shortest. Or more specifically; 165cm, 150cm and 120cm.

Why so short?

Remember when hot skiers insisted on 200cm-plus skis? It took a long time for the “experts” to accept that, with new designs and technology incorporated into carver skis, you could get better performance on shorter planks.

FLO Skis is introducing another leap in design and technology resulting in much more for much less. They offer the stability of a long ski with the agility of a short ski.

Remember that vibration “shortens” a conventional ski, depending on snow consistency, by about a quarter its nominal length.  In other words, if you are on a 180cm ski in choppy conditions, about 45cm is flapping ineffectually above the snow. That means your 180cm skis are effectively only 135cm.

Flo Skis has dispensed with the “flapping” bit. The 165cm has the stability of a conventional 190cm-210cm ski – but with much greater maneuverability, versatility and durability.

The 125cm model works like a competition-grade 160cm mogul ski. You might think that a 125cm  ski is a mere toy, but you will be astonished to find a high-performance ski capable of stable, high speed carving, and beautifully smooth control in the bumps.

Conventional thinkers assume that a powder ski has to be big (with lots of surface area) to keep you afloat in the fluff. But even the shortest Flo Ski set to “Deep Powder” will easily perform as well, if not better than a much longer conventional ski because of the trim effect.

Check out the table below to work out which ski will suit your height, weight and ability.

What are you looking for? Just big….? Or better. Much better.

Flo Skis -The Total Package

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The below video shows a working mechanical model of the mechanical principles of FLO Skis. The binding is located totally behind the center of the side cut. This is combined with a very small radius sidecut to produce carved turns with only the use of gravity. The skier only needs to provide balance. FLO Skis are the most efficient skis in the world and with the patented liquid dampening system, the most stable.

World's Master Downhill Champion demonstrates the advantages of   the  Flo Skis technology.