The objective of the conventional ski boot, whether intended or not, is to make skiing exceedingly difficult. Towards this end, the objective is comfort. A ski boot that renders the lower limbs dysfunctional can be very comfortable while at the same time making skiing exceptionally difficult. Although a priority, comfort in itself does not necessarily equate with good balance and control in skiing.

On February 9 and 10, 2014, I published complementary posts on the subject of pronation as it pertains to skier function and especially balance. The above excerpt is from US PATENT  5,265,350 ON PRONATION Feb 9, 2014. The entire post can be read at http://wp.me/p3vZhu-ey

The second post, PRONATION – WHAT SHOULD IT FEEL LIKE? was published on February 10, 2014. The entire post can be read at http://wp.me/p3vZhu-ey


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  1. Do you read my stuff? Better question, do you read any of the studies I am citing excerpts from and posting links to that are calling into question the fact that the principles on which the conventional ski boot is based are not supported in principles of functional anatomy? The consistently stated objective of the ski boot and alterations made to the boot and interventions such as insoles and orthotics is to immobilize the foot. Has this somehow escaped you? Immobilizing the foot prevents skiers from using their hard-wired and very sophisticated processes of balance. It follows then that the objective of immobilizing the foot makes skiing exceedingly difficult. Since no knows what happens when the foot is enveloped in ski boot, the objective whether stated or becomes comfort.

    You seem to have missed my key objective which is to allow the joints of the foot to articulate within the normal range required for skiing so that skiing becomes as natural as walking. When this happens, skiers quickly learn with little or no guidance. What is complicated about that?

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