Seppo Keränen

As soon as you start gliding down and making turns, the Againer starts showing its strengths – turns feel light and you feel like flying.

 

 

As I have had my share of knee problems during my more than 30 years as a skier, ski instructor and instructor trainer, I was delighted to have the opportunity of testing the Againer device.

The device allows easy and fast fixing on the boot shafts and on the outside of your skiing trousers, or, if you wish not to stand out from the crowd, they can be hidden on the inside. For this your ski trousers need to have zippers on the sides or they have to be large enough to fit the device inside. The design is slim, which allows for inconspicuous use on the slopes and while standing in the lift line.

The Againer allows some lateral movement of the knee while limiting and progressively slowing down the flexing or down movement, thus relieving the skier of excessive forces acting upon the knee joint while skiing.

When skiing, the Againer works astonishingly well in almost all kinds of turns. Againer device may feel a bit strange when you are walking around. But as soon as you start gliding down and making turns, the Againer starts showing its strengths – turns feel light and you feel like flying. The device literally diminishes the pressure that is normally acting on the knee when the edges are pressed against the snow in turns. Snowplow turns, parallel turns, carving turns, long and short – no problem at all, and then you also have the Againer pushing you up and forward after each turn to make it really easy to start a new turn. They device works well also in faster speeds, which makes Againer suitable also for the expert skiers recovering from knee injuries. It works particularly well with the traditional up-and-down (or cross-over) technique, but with just a little practice you will soon enough be making also cross-under turns. The only turn type that you find a bit more difficult to make when wearing Againers is the stem turn where you stem out and match the skis by lifting them off the snow as the tails tend to be dragging on the snow. But also here, if you are satisfied with maintaining snow contact while stemming out and matching the skis, you will face no problems whatsoever.

All in all, my impression is that the Againer really does what the developers claimed it does: the Againer takes extra pressure off the knee joints and provides adjustable limitation of vertical movement, while also allowing enough lateral movement for the skier to control the turns. With the available adjustments to the range and spring preload of the vertical movement, I think this invention can be very successfully used by skiers at all skill levels.

Ruka, 19.12.2015

Seppo Keränen
Ski Instructor & Instructor Trainer,
Skischool Ruka, Finland

CategoryReviews
  1. January 3, 2018

    Hi Seppo,

    I’m writing you, as I would appreciate if you could give me a bit of advice on the Againer ski system?

    Firstly, I will write a bit about myself as a skier, to give you an idea of my ski level as I have some concerns about the Againer system, and if it can live up to how I like to ski.

    I have been skiing my whole life and full-on; on piste, moguls, in steeps, in off piste. Personally, I like to ski very aggresive, on the edge, as I think this is more fun (good snow makes the adrenaline kick-in – however, it has to be said that it is not all the time). The off piste is my favourite, and the best in my opinion, is the deep snow in the trees. I’ve had my own film company for 23 years and we started off producing ski films in St. Anton and around the Alps. We use to produce especially photos for quite a few of the big ski companies, as like Atomic, Nordica, Mammut and others. We have produced several ski films, and one of my own favourites was the film “Skiing Above the Icebergs” – where we ourselves organized a ski expedition to East Greenland, being the first to practise randonnée / alpine skiing here – it was an unreal ski adventure 🙂

    Anyhow, now I’m 49 (pretty fit, 176 cm and only 75 kilos) and I have started to get some issues with, especially one of my knees, basically from wearing it down over the years (from skiing, football, tennis, you name it…). So it is hurting, and especially when skiing off piste!!! Now, I’ve planned to travel to the Sochi ski area in Russia, Jan 19-29, to mainly search for some off piste skiing (if the snow is good).

    I looked at the Againer ski system in St. Anton during a weekend last year, but didn’t have time to test them. I looked at your excellent video (thanks) and it seems like they will do their work on piste 🙂

    However, I have a few concerns and questions.

    1) Have you ever tried them in off piste and do they work here – also if you ski agressive?
    2) Do you need to keep your skis in contact with the snow, all the time, or can you f.ex. also jump off tree stumps in the off piste, as like when you ski a mogul run agressively? Or do you have to make smooth turns all the time?
    3) They look rather fragile, if you take a big crash? What will happen to metal rods, do you have any experience with this – and one thing I’m affraid of is if they can break and pound into my legs or body?
    4) Can they be worn inside some baggy ski pants – how much space do they need?
    5) Are they easy to take f.ex. chair lifts with or do they need a special “kind of technique” 🙂
    6) Have you ever tried the Ski-Mojos, which is a similar system and if so how do they compare (they look less bulky!)? http://www.skimojo.com/
    7) Are the Againer System easy to install (on your boot)?

    I would really appreciate a reply from you as this could potentially give me back some of my freedom while skiing (due to my old knee!!) 🙂

    All best
    Eskil Hardt
    (Denmark)
    eskil@acefilms.tv

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