The Landing Pad by Katal Innovations is the MOST UNDERRATED PRODUCT in the ski and snowboard industry. So, if you have not heard of the Landing Pad by Katal Innovations, then let me tell you about the next thing to sweep the ski and snowboard industry. The Landing Pad began as an engineering project at UBC as my good friends set out to build a next generation safety device that would allow skiers and snowboarders to progress riding without the fear of bodily injuries. Their creation was the groundbreaking Landing Pad that allows you to ride the trick out if you land on your feet, and absorbs your impact if you fall. With the increases in jump sizes and increases in injuries, the Landing Pad by Katal Innovations is a must have for freestyle parks around the country.
Oh yeah, the Landing Pad was also featured in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games!
Katal has spent 3 years developing large-scale inflatable technology to produce effective safety products. The Katal setup is the most progressive freestyle setup ever offered to the public. I was fortunate enough to be the first skier to ever hit the landing pad as well as the first skier ever to land on his head on the landing pad. Since their official launch in Lake Louise in 2009 [editors note: the most fun trip I have ever been on, thanks boys] the Landing pad has helped Pro skiers by the names of Angeli Vanlaanen and John Spriggs learn new tricks, and big name Snowboarders like Travis Rice do the same. Snowboarding up -and-comers like Taylor Pfaff, Eric Poulin and Andrew Narkewicz have also learned new double corks on The Landing Pad!
Katal is comprised of a small crew of scientifically inclined skiers and snowboarders dedicated to safe progress in action sports. Their first project, The Landing Pad, was inspired by a tragic accident: in February 2005 Aaron Coret took a hard fall on a routine switch backside 540, crushing his C5/C6 vertebrae and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Coret teamed up with best friend and fellow engineer Steve Slen to build a next generation safety device that would allow skiers and snowboarders to progress riding in a safe environment. The Landing Pad that allows you to ride the trick out if you land on your feet and absorbs your impact if you do not, provides a safe learning environment for all ages and ability levels.
If you want to try the Landing Pad speak to your local mountain management and have them book the Katal Landing Pad.
And For more information check out www.katalinnovations.com