Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NICE AND KNEESY DOES IT; Colin Nicholson Found His Mojo on the French Alps Trying out the Latest Gadget to Improve Skiing Techniques

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NICE AND KNEESY DOES IT; Colin Nicholson Found His Mojo on the French Alps Trying out the Latest Gadget to Improve Skiing Techniques

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Byline: Colin Nicholson

"BEND ze knees," is what every French ski instructor will tell you. However, a week of bending ze knees can prove tiring, especially if you only ski once a year. Which is why British inventor Owen Eastwood came up with the Ski Mojo.

This is a device discreetly hidden under your ski trousers and clipped to the top of your boots that effectively spring-loads your legs with a pair of shock absorbers, taking the effort out of turning.

It means that the Mojo's main market of 45-plus skiers can keep going after lunchtime and may still be able to manage a few apres-ski moves in the evening.

Fair enough, I thought, but surely the Mojo was for inexperienced skiers only and would cause me to forget the little bit of technique I had learnt? Not so, the Mojo's founders told me, saying that while most of its customers were intermediate skiers, it would actually improve my technique on black runs and off-piste.

I was unconvinced, so I travelled to the French resort of Val d'Isere on Eurostar with tour operator Crystal Finest to try it out with a qualified instructor to see who was right.

For the first couple of minutes the Mojo feels weird but soon you get used to the way it powers you through big turns on the gentler runs.

So I was soon ready to give it a go on the magnificent off-piste Vallon de la Sachette route, a quick hike from the landmark Aiguille Percee peak.

The first challenge we faced was deep powder and my instructor, Anthony, did notice that I seemed more nervous and tentative when I switched the Mojo on, which I did by way of two buttons under my ski trousers.

But when I followed his guidance, getting a nice, even rhythm as I bounced down the steep walls of the gully, he couldn't even tell when I had it on or off, while I began to enjoy the way it smoothed out my turns.

Sceptics will also find that this season's new model has removed a huge amount of the palaver involved in putting it on, which was a problem with early prototypes. …

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