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The technique of skiing with isocentric skis requires greater softness and more subtleness than the present skis. To achieve this, skier must subordinate himself to the skis – just as a musician subordinates himself to his instrument, to master it and to elicit from it the subtlest sounds.

Isocentric skis are – especially under the legs – significantly softer than the carving skis and therefore require less aggressive driving, less pressing in turns. If isocentric skis would be driven with the same technique as the carving skis, aggressively and with heavy loading in turns, they would respond in a completely different manner and would not provide the actual effect of isocentric skiing. Thus, to enjoy all the benefits of the skis, it is necessary to first master the technique, to learn of softer and lighter skiing. In the final sense, this results in faster and more skilful driving.

In turns, the attack angle (incidence angle) is smaller than with the carving skis. Relatively compared, if the attack angle with carving skis is 45 degrees (diagonally), it is around 36 degrees with isocentric skis – the difference is around 20%. Since both, the skier’s attack angle and the angle of the skis are smaller, turns must be driven with minimal loading – exactly the opposite as with carving skis. This way the friction losses are reduced and unnecessary slipping is prevented. At the same time, a lower energy input enables achievement of the optimal driving trajectory or can at least minimize the deviation from it. A subtle feeling for precisely the required loading of the skis is exactly what the top skiers have and is the differentiating factor that separates the champions from mediocrity and decides about the hundredths, tenths and even entire seconds in the final result.

However, if with the conventional skis, this feeling is something only the best, most talented and persistent skiers can attain, it is accessible to everyone with isocentic skis. In other words, isocentric skis lead to a smooth driving style, because it is not possible to drive them in any other way. This is why, isocentric skis have a tendency to completely polarize the ski world: you can either love them or hate them, there are no intermediate possibilities.
Due to the described way of skiing (minimum losses, optimum driving trajectory, minimum burdening of the body), the skis have a very high acceleration and are becoming increasingly fast during skiing – especially on steep terrains. Then, even a lower force is required for a balanced driving and the skier needs to be very stable and responsive not to become stiff with fear and to avoid panicking. When carving skis become dangerous, isocentric skis become virtuosic. Therefore, they act as a snow fin – as a fish fin or a flipper, which at sufficiently high speed reveals all its elegance, power and exactness; of course, without causing any negative side effects to their carrier.

To summarize, isocentric skis enable faster driving, lower burdening and greater virtuosity – and for this, only one thing is necessary: to subordinate yourself to the skis and allow to learn from them.The skis are completely subordinated to the terrain and by learning from them, one learns from the actual ground he is skiing on. This way, it is possible to completely merge with the environment and to achieve the ideal driving line… as if it was given from the mountain itself.