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Frequency Asked Questions - Ski Cross Suits


[edit] Where Can I find the Rules for the Ski Cross Suits and how to measure them?

  • The Updated Freestyle Skiing International Competition Rule Reference (ICR) Reference is located here; See the ICR Ski Cross Suit references in 4511.4 and the FIS Freestyle Equipment Rule Section 6.1.

[edit] Does the term “Textile fabrics” include soft shell materials

Yes the so-called 'soft shell fabric' is acceptable since, if is not neoprene or rubber. Many of the soft shell fabric are made from Polyamide or Polyester with different types of coatings.

[edit] How is rule 6.1 last sentence to be interpreted: “Patches of different material are allowed provided that textile fabrics shall remain, in any event, predominant.”

Sponsor crest or patches are allowed on the suits according to the FIS Rules.  The patches can be made of a textile fabric or non-textile fabric
Sponsor crest or patches are allowed on the suits according to the FIS Rules. The patches can be made of a textile fabric or non-textile fabric
Does this mean that (large) patches of rubber or “non-textile fabrics” may be incorporated in the ski cross suits (many) different places to increase aerodynamics and flexibility? E.g. on the back or on the front upper body, behind the knees, elbows etc.?
This rule was written this way, so that the different sponsors or national team crests and logos can be used on the suits. Many times these crests or patches, like in the photo, are made of different 'non-textile fabrics' materials, like a plastic or vinyl. It is not the intent of the rule to allow for these 'non-textile fabrics' to be used for other purposes, like aerodynamics than sponsor logos or protection of the material, like a snow cuff on the ski pants.

[edit] That the excluded materials of rubber, plastic, neoprene, leather or vinyl like materials or fabrics ARE allowed as long as they are used minimally?

The base fabric textile materials cannot be made of the items above, but it can be used as part of the suit or not ‘predominantly’ If this note was not there then the National Ski Teams could not have the Ski Suit Sponsors Logo on the ski cross suit since, in many cases, it is made out of the some sort of plastic or rubber or something other 'non textile fabrics'.

[edit] Regarding the measurement method: Is it correctly understood, that there are no rules regarding material gap except on the legs (from mid thigh and down and on the arms (from the elbow to the bicep)

Yes, this is correct, the other places like around the waist or chest will not be measured. This is covered by a bib in any case.

[edit] Do you know if the there has been made any “certified measurement tools” that we as team could get in order to secure that the ski suits are measured correctly?

Yes, this tool is begining developed based upon the basic design that used for the past two years. We can make this this available to the interested parties.

See here where you can order the tool Ski Cross Suit Measurement Tool

[edit] What has changed from last season rules for ski suits?

A lot has changed with the types of ‘fabrics’ from last season 2008-2009 to the upcoming 2009 - 2010 season. In season 2008-2009, the national ski teams and certain individuals used everything from normal fabrics used in ski suits, which in some cases were fabrics used alpine ski racing suits, to materials like neoprene or rubber like in diving wetsuits.
Now only ‘normal fabrics’ are allowed. Certain 'materials' are restricted in the amounts that can be used. The base material of the ski suit needs to be of a 'fabric', not a 'non textile fabric'.

[edit] Can a textile fabric be made by knitting?

With the process of Knitting, one can product a textile fabric. Since knitting and weaving are process that, both use a fibers, to produce a fabric or cloth. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or pressing fibres together (felt).

[edit] What About Alpine Ski Racing Suits?

As for the alpine ski racing suits, this rule (Suits worn in the Alpine events of Downhill (DH), Super-G (SG), Giant Slalom (GS), Slalom (SL), and Speed Skiing are not allowed) change has more to do with ‘the look’ that the ski cross competitors wanted to have, they do not want, tight racing pants, pants ending at the top of the ski boots and one piece downhill suits. The restriction on the material has to do with the look, the marketablity and also the permeability of the material, vinyl, plastic, leather, rubber do not 'breath' or air cannot pass throught the material, so perhaps they are consider to be 'faster'.

[edit] Regarding outfits for SX. One set of rules says the measurement will be taken at the "top of boot" another set of rules on www.fisski.com says it will be measured "bottom of pant". Which is it?

According to ICR rule 4511.4
‘The gap in the material must be a minimum of 80mm, measured everywhere around the circumference of the, of each leg from the mid thigh to the top of the ski boot and 60 mm everywhere around the elbow and the bicep.’
And FIS Equipment rules 6.1
‘Lower Body: Anywhere below the person’s mid point of the thigh to the bottom of the pant leg. The pant leg must cover the top of the skier’s boot (top of ski boot is the area directly above the upper most buckle of the boot)’
This means that the measurments can be done everywhere, which includes the top of the boot area as measured on the pants and / or the bottom of the pant leg.

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