I find it a very useful measurement. so much so that I drew up a jig to measure the flex of my skis, originally to monitor degradation of the original performance, using scales and a wood frame that looks similar to a ski press. if there is a way to be compensated for the publication of the measurements, I'm down. seems the retailers at Epic could make use of the data, their customers being so analytical by nature.
A ski could be defined numerically to a certain extent. side cut dims, camber and tip tail rise dims, flex dims. that would tell me enough to compare expected performance characteristics.
example: compare conventional . 150-120-135mm; +8/20 +2/150 +6mm/10mm; 30lb 105lb 80lb
rev rev 130-150-110mm; +8/50 -4/100 +6mm/30mm; 25lb 85 lb 45lb
One of the most informative things I have ever seen is a flex comparison chart for the major ski models. It had the tip and tail with 3 points in between with a graph of the flex, and 1-5 number stiffness rating for each of the 5 points. You could easily see how the flex of a ski compared to another, whether the tails were stiffer than the tips, etc. Unfortunately I have not seen such a chart in about 5 years. Anyone know if they are still being done?
Edited by davluri - 10/6/11 at 8:48am