Trends in Ski Technology for 2017

 

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Ski Technology
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Daniel Reardon serves as co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul, Minnesota. When he is not managing the Otto Bremer Trust, Daniel Reardon enjoys outdoor recreations such as hunting and skiing.

Ski and snowboard technologies have taken off in the past few years, offering specially designed aerodynamic equipment in place of heavy wooden gear. Snow sports engineering has the following in store for the 2017 season.

Narrow skis. Fat skis have been trendy in recent years because of the benefits of the increased surface area on snow. Many companies released skis as wide as 120mm, but the largest new releases are unlikely to break 115mm.

Better boots. The hard, uncomfortable plastic boots of the past are being replaced with lightweight, comfortable boots. Many ski boot makers are introducing features that skiers formerly had to visit boot fitters for, such as canting, forward lean, and sole shimming.

Ski cores made of better materials. Ten years ago, ski cores were made of either foam or wood. Today, cores can be carbon fiber, fiberglass, hemp, recycled materials, or components native to the aerospace industry. Many skis have several laminated layers of multiple components, all designed to offer a smooth ride at a low weight.

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What Is a Hybrid Golf Club?

 

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Hybrid Golf Club
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A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Daniel Reardon currently serves as co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul, Minnesota. Outside of his professional responsibilities at the Otto Bremer Trust, which includes service on the Bremer Financial Corporation Board of Directors, Daniel Reardon enjoys playing golf.

In the sport of golf, players attempt to hit a golf ball into a small hole using a club, in the fewest number of strokes possible. Although traced back to China’s Song Dynasty, the game was first played in its modern form in the fifteenth century, utilizing sticks. Today, players have a number of options when it comes to golf clubs. In addition to standard clubs such as drivers, irons, and putters, hybrid clubs are available.

Hybrid clubs are versatile options that combine qualities of other clubs, such as the flat face of an iron and the hard composition of a fairway wood. Moreover, these clubs are often easier to use and can replace several clubs in a golfer’s repertoire. Hybrids typically replace some of the longer iron clubs, which are more difficult to maneuver properly.

Types of Downhill Skis

 

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Downhill Skis
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Daniel Reardon is an investment and banking professional who currently serves as co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Otto Bremer Trust provided over $45 million in grants and crossed the $1 billion asset threshold in 2015. In addition to his professional duty managing these assets, Daniel Reardon enjoys skiing.

The winter sport of skiing entails sliding across snow-covered slopes or plains on skis, long, narrow pieces of material. Downhill skiing, also known as alpine skiing, is one form of this sport. Downhill skiers have several options when it comes to selecting skis. These include:

* All Mountain Skis – a common choice of expert skiers, these are designed for hard snow and well-maintained terrain as they feature a narrow midsection.
* All Mountain Wide Skis – these are good all-purpose skis that have a wide mid-section, allowing flotation in soft snow while still cutting through messy snow.
* Powder Skis – designed for soft, powdery snow, these skis have the widest mid-section, which provides excellent flotation and maneuverability.