"SUCH IS LIFE". . . the famous last words of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly before his execution in 1880. When I first heard the story of his home-made bullet proof iron suit I couldn’t believe it. The more I learned, the deeper I got pulled in, driving me to create this limited edition graphic ski, skateboard, tee shirt and stickers to highlight his controversial, legendary story.
Kelly was known best for walking into shootouts literally wearing a hand-made helmet and body armor made of iron and steel to survive getting hit with bullets. Kelly and his gang are considered the last of the lawless frontier bushmam, 136 years later he remains a cultural icon. Some celebrate him as Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood, while others regard him as a murderous villain undeserving of his folk hero status.
Ned was born in 1854 as the 3rd of 8 children who's poor family saw themselves as victims of police persecution. His father died after six-months in prison, leaving Kelly, then age 12, as the eldest male of the household. In 1870 at age 16 Ned was convicted of stealing horses and imprisoned for three years. By 1878 his brother Dan, and two associates fatally shot three policemen, and the Government of Victoria proclaimed them outlaws!
In a manifesto letter, Kelly denounced the police, the Victorian Government and the British Empire claiming, "I am a widow's son, outlawed and my orders must be obeyed". When his attempt to derail and ambush a police train failed, he and his gang, dressed in homemade suits of metal armor for a final violent confrontation with the Victoria Police.
In June 1880 all were killed except Kelly, who was severely wounded, captured, convicted, and sentenced to death by hanging. At age 26 his last words are famously reported to have been... "SUCH IS LIFE"
I'm building only 100 pair of this limited edition ski and hand signing & numbering each. You'll be 1 of only 100 skiers in the world with these rare one-of-a-kind J's on your feet so, so grab a pair before they sell out!
|Lengths Available (cm):||157cm, 164cm, 171cm, 178cm, 184cm|
|Ski Length (cm):||178cm|
|5 Sidecut Avg. (m):||20m|
|Tip / Waist / Tail (mm):||113 / 90 / 110mm|
|Boot Mount From Center (cm):||-2cm|
|Tip / Tail Height (mm):||62 / 62mm|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail (mm):||2 / 2mm|
|Rocker Length Tip / Tail (mm):||28 / 28mm|
|Weight per ski (g):||1,760g|
Rocker Matching Sidecut™
Unlike other rockered skis, we carefully match our rocker geometry with our sidecut geometry. To accomplish this perfect match, we blend multiple size radii into one smooth parabolic curve from the end of the camber to the very tip, like a surfboard.
This creates a much smoother tip shape that has no abrupt kinks, flat spots or awkward changes for the best of both worlds! The rockered tips effortlessly surf and float in powder, while the edge length in contact with snow is dramatically increased to improve grip and reduce tip chatter and bounce. You won’t believe how precise and effortless your skis feel from the hard pack to the pow!
I’ve spent over two decades designing, developing, and continually refining the industries most innovative and award winning skis ever created. Now that I’m selling skis directly to you, I’m able to invest more money into using the most expensive, highest quality materials possible, sparing no expense like never before in the name of premium ski performance & durability. You’ll literally feel the difference the moment you make your first turn and still be stoked, years later like it was still your first day on them! This is why I confidently back all my skis with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more about this ski’s construction below…
Lighter with more energy & pop than fiberglass
Just like fiberglass carbon needs to be fully stretched like a guitar string to give you the most pop. Unlike other brands of skis with wavy black carbon, not stretched, thus you’re not getting the energy out of it, we use pre-cured, pre-stretched carbon fiber laminates. This means the carbon is pre-stretched & cured under perfect conditions at the carbon fiber production facility prior to us receiving it. This pre-cured carbon laminate is twice the cost but also gives you many more times the performance. You’ll feel it!
Maple Wood Core
Highest quality wood for a lively energetic feel & long life
The factory is located in Quebec Canada, so we got Maple, eh! Maple is a very expensive high quality hard wood, thus the reason it’s used to build floors and furniture in your house that lasts a lifetime. Maple absorbs impact, and has a ton of energy for a very ski feel and long life. We run 4 – 20mm wide Maple laminates the entire length of the core, plus 100% under your foot for unprecedented energy, durability & binding screw retention. At the tips of my skis you’ll see more of the light colored Aspen witch is incredibly lightweight with plenty strong when laminated alongside Maple for reduced swing weight at the tips.
Full Height Sidewalls
Maximum impact resistant & vibration dampening
We’re using super durable, high impact absorbing Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene for our sidewalls. This is the same material we use on our ski's bases. It’s very impact resistant and since it’s full height, it also absorbs more vibration like using a longer spring in your car’s suspension. Take a metal pipe and hit it against a rock, then do the same with a piece of plastic. The metal vibrates through to your bones & the plastic absorbs the vibration for you. That’s the difference of having full height plastic shock absorbing sidewalls over your edges or not. We’re cutting the isdes of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
The thickest, most durable edge in the industry
We use the thickest hardened steel edges in the industry 2.2mm x 2.5mm. More metal = more durable. Whether you’re accidentally hitting a rock or purposely sliding a rail, you’re edges will live a much longer life. You’ll also be able to re-tune many more times or file them round to slide rails longer.
The fastest, thickest, most durable base material
I don’t match my clothes, but I always match my base & edge. We use the thickest edge so I also use the thickest base in the industry 1.8mm. I use sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene, the highest quality base material available. It absorbs wax better, slides faster, and is more durable than any other base material. Basically it’s super hard & fast, like your _______ likes it.
Absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces risk of delam
Think of a ski’s construction like a magazine, each page = layers of material in the ski. Then bend your magazine you’ll see every page slide against each other, this is “shear”. This shear force trys to separate, thus delaminate all the layers in your ski every time it’s flexed or the tips are slapped down on a jump landing. This is why I run a layer of thin rubber around the full perimeter of the ski over the entire edge, plus the full width of across the tip and tail. The rubber acts as an insulator so that the edge and other materials can slide against each other when flexing without delaminating. This dramatically improves durability & reduces vibration.
Fibers run in 4 directions to maximize energy & strength
Fiberglass works like a guitar string, when it is flexed it wants to spring back, that’s the energy or pop you feel in a ski. However this energy can only be applied in the direction the actual fiberglass is run. This means the more directions of fiberglass, the more energy, pop & responsiveness. Industry standard “Triaxial” fiberglass runs in only three directions, we use a Quasi Isotropic fiberglass configuration, same as the aerospace industry to maximize energy & strength in as many directions as possible, 4 different axis 0, 90, +45, -45. It costs more, but it’s worth the performance.
High Definition Digital Printing
You already know I put a lot of value in graphics! So instead of traditional silk screening with low resolution image quality, you’ve seen the dots! I’m using a state of the art, Fuji UV Flat bed printer, a $170,000 machine that enables me to print high resolution from my computer directly to the plastic top & base. The resolution is unbelievable photo-real so you’ll be one of few skiers in the world with skis looking this good on your feet.
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