Today’s reader question:
What are your thoughts on the Trace stat tracker? Will it be worth be money for snowboarding?
Okay firstly, for people who have no idea what he’s talking about, he’s talking about this:
It’s basically a more advanced version of those stat tracking apps you can get on your phone that record your riding stats (eg – speed, distance travelled).
Right now it’s at about $100k out of the $150k they need on Kickstarter to get funding with 28 days left to go, so they may actually have a decent shot at getting the funding they need to make it.
Will it be worth the money?
I honestly don’t care how far I rode or how many runs I did that day (and if I did there are free apps that do that already), so the main new thing this brings to the table is the ability to track the tricks I did for review later.
At first glance their claim that it can tell how many 360s you did is neat. After all, it would be cool to session a day in the park and look back and have a list of every trick I did and which tricks I messed up. I can see that being useful for training/practice purposes.
However (and this is a big however), I don’t see a way for them to get this trick tracking accurate enough to REALLY track the tricks you did.
They claim it’ll be able to tell how many 360s you do, but will it be able to tell the exact difference between a slightly overrotated 270 onto a rail vs. a 360 off a jump?
What about if I start mixing in inverted flips and spins? A corked 720 can be done A LOT of ways. What if I combo different 180s on a rail? What if I butter into another trick?
Because this device can only guess based off your spin rotation/vibration, I see it having a very rough time actually telling the difference between the huge variety of tricks you could do.
The only way I see it really working is if you only hit jumps and only did flat spins. If you did anything else it’s going to start confusing tricks and getting mixed up.
The bottom line
So really I guess IF they somehow make it able to be insanely accurate and it can somehow tell the difference between the huge amount of snowboard tricks that are very similar then it *could* be worth the money.
If it can’t then it’ll be just be an overpriced tool to tell people how many runs you did that day. I don’t hold much hope for it being that useful, but I reserve final judgement until it gets released and I can see just how accurate it is.
ps – I also really hope this doesn’t lead to people spamming their Facebook feed with their riding stats…