Ski Boot CLA is an measuring instrument that detects the shape of the shinbone by measuring the angles of the lower limbs very precisely. This enables ski boot canting to be adjusted without errors and objective data.
18 January 2013

Corriere della Sera - Nicola Mottinelli's article

From Darfo comes the secret that changes Sunday leisure skiers into World Champs

What has allowed Marcel Hirscher to win four slaloms and get on the podium five times out of a total 10 this World Cup season?

First of all, the extraordinary talent of the young Austrian ace. He is certainly also getting a small helping hand from an all-Brescian patent, conceived and manufactured in the Camonica Valley. It's called "Ski Boot Cla" and has been designed and developed by Cabra Engineering, a small company from Darfo with its manufacturing plant in Rogno. Ski Boot Cla (an acronym for Canting laser alignment) is a sort of caliber conceived for professionals, who till now did not have an instrument to take accurate measurements of the angles and anatomical shape of the skier's leg, based on which the skier can then perfectly adjust the boot's lateral tilt compared to the hull that rests on the ski. Stuff for a selected few champs and fanatics? No, not at all. "For a Sunday skier, having a perfect trim means less fatigue, pain and risk of injury. For those who race in World Cup events, we're talking about saving hundredths to tenths of a second", explains Francesco Cabra, owner of the engineering Company from the Camonica Valley (a workforce of about thirty employees and profits for 1.5 million). Two laser pointers and a digital goniometer assembled on a particular mobile structure allow the skier to measure leg, calf and ankle angle. The measures taken with this system are applied to the boot to make the due adjustments, taking into account the difference between the right and left leg. The patented Ski Boot Cla conceived by Riccardo Paganini, ski teacher and trainer on service at Tonale, has been deposited by Cabra in December 2010. "A difficult year for us," the owner tells us. “We've therefore decided to invest as much as possible in innovation, which has led to two registered patents."