e-Skins - motorized climbing skins patent!

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by tball, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. tball

    tball Unzipped Skier

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    Check out this invention that will make backcountry uphill travel easy and accessible for everyone!

    United States Patent 9,737,785 awarded August 22, 2017:
    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=motorized&s2="climbing+skins"&OS=motorized+AND&RS=

    With full images:
    http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=09737785&IDKey=1A9C5F276152 &HomeUrl=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2%26Sect2=HITOFF%26p=1%26u=%252Fnetahtml%252FPTO%252Fsearch-bool.html%26r=1%26f=G%26l=50%26co1=AND%26d=PTXT%26s1=motorized%26s2=%2522climbing%2Bskins%2522%26OS=motorized%2BAND%26RS=

    A few images I pulled out:


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    e-skins-patent-2.jpg

    Some questions stem from the motorized mountain bike thread:
    • Should e-Skins be allowed in the backcountry where motorized vehicles are prohibited?
    • Should e-Skins be allowed at ski areas that allow uphill access?
    • Should e-Skins be allowed on inbounds hike-to and hike-out terrain?
    • Should e-Skins and e-Bikes be treated the same or different regarding access to non-motorized trails?
    Also, the patent has a provision where there is no switch/throttle; instead the motors are triggered by the forward walking motion of the skier. Does that matter?

    Is it inevitable that these or subsequently improved e-Skins designs will be used everywhere as technology always wins in the end?
     
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  2. neonorchid

    neonorchid Out on the slopes Skier

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    :eek:
     
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  3. Bill Talbot

    Bill Talbot Vintage Gear Curator Industry Insider

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    Someone is beating a dead horse here...:doh:
     
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  4. Kneale Brownson

    Kneale Brownson Out on the slopes Instructor

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    I'd rather ride a snowmobile.
     
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  5. tball

    tball Unzipped Skier

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    This is a different topic. Yes, it's related to motorized mountain bikes. Do you not believe it deserves discussion on a ski forum?
     


  6. tball

    tball Unzipped Skier

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    Yes, but snowmobiles are banned from many areas. And, someone has to ride the snowmobile down. You can throw these in your pack so everyone can ski down.
     
  7. mdf

    mdf back to being an ordinary Gatheree Skier

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    Looking at figure 10, I'm wondering if the naked operator is optional or mandatory.
     
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  8. DanoT

    DanoT RVer-Skier Skier

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    If this thread had been started on April 1st then it would be more obvious that it is an April Fool's Day joke.
     
  9. Mothertucker

    Mothertucker Sweep Dodger Skier

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    Or if the left hand pole position is appropriate.
     
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  10. SBrown

    SBrown Steve Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    But at least he's wearing a cap.
     
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  11. Paul Lutes

    Paul Lutes Getting on the lift Skier

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    Looks risky (and heavy as heck) ...... you go first.
     
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  12. tball

    tball Unzipped Skier

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    The couple patent artists I know are very deliberate about their drawings. There are some funny choices in that illustration. Maybe the artist is a backcountry skier? ;)

    @DanoT this is no April fool's joke. They spent a crapton of money on that patent. It's quite comprehensive with claims for a number of different embodiments. It seems likely they have at least one working prototype, if not multiple.
     
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  13. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

    dont-mind-me-im-just-here-to-read-the-comments.jpg
     
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  14. fatbob

    fatbob Out on the slopes Skier

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    Nah I'm out - just waiting for the personal drone chopper - less avy risk on the way up and you don't need to get close to those stinky hippies in the skin track.
     
  15. Seldomski

    Seldomski Getting off the lift Skier

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    This seems better:

     
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  16. oldschoolskier

    oldschoolskier Out on the slopes Skier

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    Motorized grass skis!!!! :roflmao:

    Wonder how much they were drinking to come up with that idea.

    Cheers,

    G
     
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  17. neonorchid

    neonorchid Out on the slopes Skier

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    Strangley familiar ...
    002_101817_WilliamPenn_Carroll.2e16d0ba.fill-735x490.jpg 19_big.jpg
     
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  18. Paul Lutes

    Paul Lutes Getting on the lift Skier

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    Not a jet.

    Jes sayin' ......
     
  19. Seldomski

    Seldomski Getting off the lift Skier

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  20. Paul Lutes

    Paul Lutes Getting on the lift Skier

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    Much more jetty.

    Back and knees do not approve, however.
     

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