Here's The Kickstarter Invention That Could Allow Skiers To Go Skiing In Snowboard Boots
The 'MadJacks' adaptor looks all set to fix one of the worst things about skiing.
Whether you love skiing or hate skiing, the one thing about skiing that everyone can agree on is that ski boots suck. They suck so bad. Uncomfortable, difficult to walk in; ski boots are a lesser known method of medieval torture. Even a pair of well fitted ones can get tiresome after a day on the slopes. Thankfully however, for anyone with even a smidgeon of respect for human feet, there now seems to be a solution.
Mad Jack, another one of those Kickstarter project things, have gone and made an adaptor that allows people to go skiing in snowboard boots. Why? Because snowboard boots are so much nicer to be in all day. They're a hug in a mug, a cuddle for your feet, an item of footwear that doesn't give the impression it's trying to squeeze life itself from anything below your knee.
Their pitch goes like this: "The affordable and simple system that lets you wear comfortable snowboard boots while skiing. No more boot bang and bruised shins. No more bulky, heavy boots that are difficult to walk. No more reasons to stay off the mountain. Be happy on the hill again."
"MadJacks was designed as a comfortable alternative to the traditional, uncomfortable and stiff, alpine ski boots. MadJacks is adaptable to all ski bindings on the market and, together with a snowboard boot, costs on average a third less than the average ski boots."
The MadJacks project is looking to raise $85,000 before Wednesday the 28th of December. At the time of writing, the page has had 58 backers and has raised $5,451. Potential rewards for backing, depending on the amount offered up, include stickers, t-shirts, and a pair of MadJacks.
So, what do you think about this? The ultimate solution for, arguably, the worst thing about skiing? Or weird? Just plain weird? Some of the more diehard skiers will no doubt see this as some sort of betrayal (stupid), while some snowboarders will point to this as further evidence that people should ditch skiing entirely and just go snowboarding instead.