VIST’s history began 20 years ago with the production of plates which have become renowned worldwide. Today, still many World Cup athletes cannot do without them at the start gate.
VIST’s deep know-how also goes to the advantage of non-professional skiers. Plates are fundamental components at every level, as they guarantee maximum performance and force transfer for every type of skiing.
It has been a few years since VIST also began producing plates for snowboards: the Snowplate is used by snowboard lovers and many World Cup athletes.
Just like the rest of the VIST hardware, these plates are 100% created, designed, developed and made in Italy.
All began with the plates
The first plates were produced in the second half of the Eighties. Ten years later, thanks to the new carving skis, the market reached its maximum expansion and Italian producers also established themselves on the international market. The plates were created as “accessories” able to prevent spinal injury caused by vibrations, thanks to their dampening qualities.
Later, the dampening function was replaced by a raising function: the increased height from the ground enables the skier to better tackle the new sidecut with very wide tip, in full respect of the limits established by the FIS.
The last step of the functional plate evolution is its development as a means for the transfer of force exerted by the skier onto the ski, a characteristic which makes it a fundamental component of skis that allows precise skiing control. It is the beginning of a new era: the plate-binding-ski combination made by the big names of the winter sports sector cause nearly all the national and international producers to disappear from the market, not being able to cope with the fast pace set by the large scale productions.
In this scenario, VIST, thanks to the targeted investments in research and development and winning choices in terms of production quality and flexibility, is able to emerge and dominate the global production in the decade from 1997 to 2007 and became a strategic supplier of plates in the World Cup.
Over the years, VIST’s offer has reached high complexity levels. However, the wide range of products developed has not clouded the production of plates, which, to this day, remain a distinctive product of VIST TECH, the company established in 2011 as a spin-off of VIST, specialized in the production of ski plates, bindings and combined systems with its factory in Mussolente (Vicenza).
Further information available on the Visttech.it website.
World Cup Race Series Technology
The concentration of forces exerted by the skier onto the midpoint amplifies the responsiveness, stability and strength of the ski at the end of a curve. A great GRIP sensation at the middle of the ski.
Correspondence between the toe, boot and heel due to the fastening screws holding the plate to the ski, achieving direct force transmission. Direct reception of forces from the ground, allowing the athlete to adapt instantly to any situation. VIST’s PATENTED SYSTEM.
THREE layers of adhesive between the plate and the ski. While the top and bottom layers remain “static”, the middle layer, considered “dynamic”, boosts the elasticity of the ski, allowing a quicker rebound at the end of a curve.
Makes skis more responsive/aggressive. Enhances the benefits of “hardcore” skis. Allows a not so strong skier to easily bend the ski.
World Cup Air Series Technology
Fixed only in the toe-area of the binding. Free-sliding by the heel, thanks to the slotted fastening system. Greater concentration of force onto the front of the ski. Enter into curves quicker and with more precision.
Distribution of Power
Across the whole plate, front and back, and only from one point, the fastening. Stability and precision. Greater absorption of vibrations.
Even Ski Trim
The distance between the toe and the heel of the plate always remains the same, preventing unwanted release in extreme situations.
Allows the ski to take a more natural and linear curvature. Distributes force gradually along the entire ski and is therefore less aggressive. Lets even robust and capable skiers use “soft” skis.