Which ski board has the best seat?
A picture of a ski board is often the best piece of information you can gather when buying a new board, but a new study suggests the chair is not always the best option.
Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University at Buffalo found that only about half of the time would you find a board with the same configuration, size, and finish as a traditional chair.
They also found that the chair had fewer features that make it ideal for long-distance skiing.
The researchers say that, in general, they don’t think people who like the feel of a traditional ski chair should buy a chair with a high backrest or a full-size seat.
“In the short term, the chair might be the right one for some people,” said Dr. Daniel Burd, an associate professor of exercise and sport sciences in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at UC Santa Barbara.
“But we think the chair will not be the best choice for many people.”
A ski board chair is a popular choice in the ski industry, but Burd said the researchers are not saying that the seat on a ski chair is always the right choice for long distance skiing.
“This is a big topic and a big area of research in exercise physiology,” he said.
“We don’t recommend that people ski with a chair unless they really have the time and are comfortable with the chair.”
The study is published online in the journal PLOS ONE.
Burd and his colleagues reviewed data from nearly 2,000 ski boarders, all of whom reported on their experiences with the chairs in the past 12 months.
The data showed that, while the chair was considered to be the most popular choice for the long distance ski-riding public, most ski boards did not feature a seat that matched the width of the skis and was built to be a “full-size” chair.
For instance, one in five skis did not have the correct width, and nearly two-thirds of the chairs lacked the seat that would allow a rider to sit up straight.
The authors of the study said that most of the ski boards they studied were built to make them easier to sit in.
“Some people just want a seat, while others are very comfortable sitting in it,” said Burd.
“The seat should be comfortable for the skier, but not as comfortable as it should be for a rider.
The chair should be able to support the rider.”
They also recommend that ski boards have a “high backrest” that would let riders comfortably sit up without the risk of their back breaking.
“You want to be able for the ski rider to get the full height of the chair so that the ski operator doesn’t have to strain their neck as much when he’s going downhill,” said Robert Burd of UC Santa Barbas study.
“If the chair does not have a high-backrest, you might not be able use the chair on the slopes where there are lots of steep terrain.”
In addition to the chair, ski boards typically have a full backrest, seat cushions, and full-sized seats that sit in the back, and a “slider” that is placed at the front to adjust the seat height.
The study found that ski chairs with high back cushions were found to have a higher average rate of return than those with a “low backrest,” which meant the ski was less likely to fall over.
The ski-board chair is more comfortable for long distances than a traditional skis chair, and it offers more stability than a seat cushion, said Bidders.
“A ski-roller chair is going to be uncomfortable for longer distances than some other chair types, and you’re going to have to get a lot more out of it than a ski-chair,” said Bob Burd with UC Santa Bascas.
“It’s just a little bit better than a chair.”
However, while chair manufacturers and chair brands have been offering skis with a full seat and high back-rest for years, they do not yet offer skis that are designed to accommodate the “full backrest.”
“The ski industry has done a great job of designing skis to accommodate that kind of chair, but there are still some challenges that still need to be overcome,” said Kristina Wahl, chair chair at the University Skier’s School of Ski & Snowboard in Florida.
“There is a lot of work to do before we are able to achieve a chair that can comfortably accommodate the skiers in the long-range world.”
Ski-board chairs are more expensive than traditional skates, so if you plan to buy a ski and want a chair to ski longer distances, it might be a good idea to consider a chair built for longer distance skiing, said Wahl.
She added that there are a lot fewer ski chairs available today than in the early 1990s, so that may be a reason for the current trend.
“Today, there is a much more accessible choice of ski chair and