The 2023/24 ski and toboggan season has long since opened. In the Alps, but also in the low mountain ranges, skiers and snowboarders can hardly escape the snow. The lifts are running and will once again carry millions of winter sports enthusiasts up the mountains this winter. The topic of ski helmets has not been discussed for several years. Hardly anyone ventures down the slopes without head protection. Ralf Kosche believes that ski goggles should also be on board every day. The 60-year-old is a ski instructor in Salzburger Land and makes an elegant braking turn in the winter wonderland of “The Lions' Den” (Monday, December 11th, 8:15 p.m., Vox).
Together with Big Brother legend Jürgen Milski, Kosche is pitching the GoggleStop Winter. The small tool, which translates to glasses brake, is intended to prevent dangerous situations or even accidents on slopes. It is attached to the helmet using a Velcro system and is intended to prevent the ski goggles from slipping from the helmet into the neck and dangling around uncontrollably when the helmet is at full speed. We took a look at GoggleStop and subjected it to a real endurance test on our local toboggan hill. Does the tool deliver what Kosche and Milski promise or have the two founders led us off the hook? GoggleStop in the star review.
GoogleStop arrives well packaged in a kind of foil envelope. "For safer skiing
Before we hit the local toboggan run with GoggleStop, the helmet had to be prepared. To do this, the narrow 3M pressure fastener is glued to the underside of the GoggleStop and pressed firmly. According to the instructions, the wider strip should be attached in the middle of the front part of the helmet. We position the ski goggles in the place where they usually sit when not in use and place the Velcro above accordingly. Both strips are bombproof. After the recommended hour of waiting, we grab the sleigh for a test drive.
Once you get to the slopes, the helmet needs to be prepared for the final time. To do this, place the GoggleStop at the front edge of the wide Velcro strip on the helmet. Important: With the open side, i.e. the notch, facing forward. With a little pressure, the small barbs of the Velcro straps grip and the GoggleStop sits firmly on the helmet. We push the ski goggles up a bit. There it gets stuck with the frame on the GoggleStop. The small tool masters the dry exercise with flying colors. The glasses last. And even on the somewhat bumpy descent with the sleigh, she's rock solid. GoggleStop does what it's supposed to do.
To be honest, GoggleStop is not a tool I was waiting for after about four decades on downhill skis, almost 15 of them with a ski helmet on my head. The ski goggles slipping back is not a serious problem for me personally. But there are definitely skiers who see it differently. In practice, GoggleStop turned out to be quite useful for precisely these winter sports enthusiasts. The idea is smart and cleverly implemented. GoggleStop is cleanly processed, easy to install and does exactly what the founders Ralf Kosche and Jürgen Milski promise. The glasses don't slip down your neck. Small downer: the price. Even with a bag made of functional fabric for cleaning glasses, just under 18 euros is a hefty price for a piece of printed hard plastic. All in all, GoggleStop could be successful on the world's ski slopes.
Do the four lions also smell big business? Who is investing in the start-up of Kosche and Milski, who would give up 15 percent of their GoggleStop GmbH for an investment of 30,000 euros? The answer will be available tonight from 8:15 p.m. in the winter wonderland of “The Lions’ Den” on Vox.
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