A New Speed Suit, Tested in a Wind Tunnel - Ski Mag

A New Speed Suit, Tested in a Wind Tunnel

Sorry for more ski racing news, but it's an Olympic year and we can't help ourselves. Spyder has announced a new, more aerodynamic speed suit, which will be worn by the U.S. and Canadian ski teams at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. If nothing else, read this to check out the nifty wind tunnel video.
Publish date:
New Spyder Race Suit

Forgive us for covering ski racing so much: It’s an Olympic year and we simply can’t help ourselves. Today’s big news? Spyder’s got a new, more slippery, more aerodynamic race suit that will be worn by the U.S. and Canadian ski teams at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. “The focus of Spyder’s research during the last few years has been about how we can make our speed suits more slippery against air,” says Phil Shettig, Spyder’s product director. “Our goal is to manipulate airflow properties to make all of our suits faster against the competition.”

They’ve tested the product in wind tunnels (check out the video below) and found the suits to reduce times by hundredths of a second, which is nothing in real time, of course, but is actually a lot in ski racer time. Without boring you too much with technical details, here’s how Spyder redesigned the suit. (1) They refined the texture of the suit’s knit, giving it less friction against wind. (2) Designers replaced the pads with ones that have 40 percent less volume and are therefore more aerodynamic due to their lower profile. (3) The protective pads in the slalom and GS suits are now in a separate underlayer to reduce the seams on the outside of the fabric.

“Without a doubt we will have the best technical advantage at the Vancouver Games,” says Phil McNichol, former U.S. Ski Team Men’s Alpine Coach.


"We're number 1! We're number 1!" Cheerleader Dave Barry sis-boom-bahs over Blackcomb.

Olympic Countdown: Local Whistler Athletes to Watch

Only 28 days let until the 2010 Winter Olympics head to Whistler and Vancouver. This video podcast from Whistler Blackcomb looks at some local Whistler-area athletes, including ski cross athlete Julia Murray, daughter of famous Canadian downhill skier Dave Murray, Maelle Ricker, a snowboard cross athlete, and halfpipe snowboarder Justin Lamoureux, who reflects on his experiences at the last Winter Olympic Games in Torino and what it means for him to compete on home soil.

How We Test Skis tout

How We Test

Last spring our testers logged about 5 million vertical feet in Snowbird's Gad Valley to evaluate 2014-2015’s new skis, which is why ours is the most trusted, legit test in the world. Here's how we do it.