This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.
Lou always surprises me on special occasions with unusual gifts. I’ve received a cowhide tool belt for my birthday, a bug zapper for our wedding anniversary and a log splitter for Christmas.
But this Valentines Day Lou outdid himself and got me a new pair of ski legs.
Ibuprofen, Cortisone, Synvisc or just skip skiing? Those thoughts have swirled around in my mind as I try to get through another winter of avoiding knee replacement surgery. Eventually I should get it done but I’m hoping to postpone it to a season when my life if less busy and more conducive to the time and attention recovery will require.
The two laps I recently skied with Roam Robotics enlightened me that there are drug-free ways to alleviate my pain and keep skiing.
At this winter’s Outdoor Retailer show, Lou walked by the Ski-Mojo booth and noticed their “pain relieving” knee brace. Intrigued, he made arrangements with developer Martin Hannaford to try it out. A few days later, we met in Aspen, fitted the device and rode up the mountain on the ski lift. I took a few turns: no pain — marvelous! I skied lap after lap. It was so glorious to forget about my aching knees. I didn’t even stop for lunch. The next day my muscles were sore from the full day of skiing but my knees were not even swollen. So psyched, I headed off to ski again.
But, this is WildSnow so the real test is how Ski-Mojo works while touring. I have not worn them on a long mountain ascent yet, but I skinned up our local ski hill and they were unobtrusive.
In order to uphill with Ski-Mojo, you need to disengage the device. Thus it doesn’t offer any assistance with uphilling, but I didn’t notice any hindrance either.
There are three ways to disengage Ski-Mojo:
I plan to do a proper backcountry ski tour test with the Ski-Mojo soon. But this is a quick first look for Valentines Day. During the initial test, Ski-Mojo got high marks, and Lou did too. His reputation as a talented gift giver lives on.
More info on Ski-Mojo here.