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New Zealand's new skis feature vertically-laminated bamboo cores

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New Zealand has a new ski manufacturer - Kingswood. Their skis feature a quite novel core - vertically-laminated bamboo, which is claimed to be 20% stronger than maple.

The construction also features traditional sidewalls, rather than capped top and side surfaces.

Here's a news report, and a link to the maker's website, from snow.co.nz

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I like that plain black paint job. There's obviously plenty of powder in NZ as their 'Skinny' model is 120/86/110!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
spyderjon, me too. I used to have Kastle skis which were back on top. Warms up quick in the sun and melts off snow and ice. But does show scratches if the Germans ski over yours in the queue. wink
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Nearly peed myself laughing, reading this! A nice tongue-in-cheek allusion to the hard-wearing longevity of the Kingswood's motoring namesake.
Holden Kingswood's oil-guzzing benchseaters from the 60's & 70s are piece of genuine Kiwiana - Holden HQ is Oz-based but had a manufacturing plant in NZ so by the 1970s KWs were rampant amongst the middle class family sect. Kingswoods are so hardwearing and iconic (and cheap!) that by the 1990s they were cooler than the coolest thing and every self-respecting student/surfie had one. Indeed better than the original VW, cause the engine didn't blow up on long journeys back from the beach and you can get 4 friends AND all their surfing gear in a Kinger.
I particularly recall that the KW's bench seats were particularly good for....er hem..... unsupervised student/surfie activities Toofy Grin

I don't buy this "made from bamboo" bollox. Kingswood skis look like they're manufactured from recycled Kingswood cars!!!! Shocked
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
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http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30880&highlight=kingswood

i echo the amazement that something 104mm underfoot is now "mid-fat"

edit: you need to scroll down a bit for a write up. i like the "gnar kill" graphics on the prototypes Toofy Grin
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Did the future King ski on Kingswood when he was at Mt Hutt recently? (Feel free to make up your own smutty jokes...)
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