Have you heard about Carv’s Digital Ski Coach? Our team took to the slopes during July to test out the smart inserts and find out if Carv lives up to the hype…. SPOILER ALERT - IT TOTALLY DOES!
Ski tech is generally linked to the latest lens technology for goggles or the strongest super-lightweight ski-core. But right now, there is a new product that has hit the slopes and is expanding the options available when it comes to improving ski technique.
What is Carv?
Imagine putting a ski instructor into your ski boot and taking them with you all around the mountain, whenever you want. Carv aims to do exactly this by providing a technology that picks up errors in your ski technique and offers you the resources required to improve. Crazy? - Yes. Skeptical? - Some of our team certainly were. But by the end of the day it was very clear that these doubts shutdown and Carv’s potential to completely transform the way people ski was realised.
How does wearable ski technology work?
Carv consists of an ultra-thin smart insert containing 48 pressure sensors and a 9-axis motion gyroscope. It slips into your ski boot beneath your liner and communicates using Bluetooth to an app on your iPhone. The Carv app also provides a range of intriguing insights about you your skiing and day on the slopes. We found the post run technique analysis especially cool. Take a sneak peak at some of the other additional features in the Carv app here.
How do I know if Carv is for me?
The technology is most useful for intermediate skiers who can easily ski green runs and are working on their parallel turns - up to those who are confident on black runs, but trying to iron out bad habits linked to balance, edging, pressure and rotary aspects of ski technique (this was me).
One of our testers pointed out that she already knows what she's doing wrong, but mentioned that “having constant feedback turn by turn was extremely beneficial to actually make sure I did something about it”. On the other hand, another one of our testers preferred not to have real-time feedback, but was very excited to view and hear detailed post run info on the chairlift.
Is this in your budget
Unlike the time restraints of 2-hour private ski lesson, Carv can be used at any time or ski resort making the $369AUD price tag (but remember you get 10% off that with your Rhythm Membership) very attractive for those skiers motivated to actively improve their ski technique. It is also important to mention that software upgrades are frequent, as product improvements are made. This means that the sky’s the limit for digital ski instruction and those who are ahead of the game will be on-board for a skiing experience like no other.
Our takeaway
We had an epic day skiing with Carv, and It was immediately clear to our testers that this product is not only going to improve the technique of many skiers, but also the overall enjoyment of having the ability to ski more technical and challenging terrain with your newly improved skills and get competitive with mates, to see who’s actually the best skier on the mountain! The only downside we found with the product is at the moment it only connects with iphone. Our understanding is that will change and they are working hard on an android version.
Our knowledgeable staff look forward to seeing you in Store at Rhythm Snowsports Cooma to answer any questions you may have or to get you set up with Carv Today!
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