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How much will camber affect a ski that is supposed to be flat?

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At my suggestion a buddy of mine recently bought a pair of 09/10 6th Sense Huge skis for a crazy low price. These are the version that is supposed to be "flat" camber. My brother has these skis and there is less than 1cm between the skis when you put them together. However, my friend's skis have about 3cm between the skis when bottom to bottom. This seems like a lot of camber for a ski design that was advertised as "flat" camber. They have more camber than my Legend 85s and it takes more pressure to get the Huge flat than my Legend 85s.

 

How much will this excessive camber affect their performance? There are many reviews of these skis -- would the reviews be different if the reviewers were on a pair that had 3cm of camber rather than flat? My main concern is how it will affect float/tip dive as my friend is planning on using these as deep-snow skis.

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Camber was put into traditional skis to help "distribute our load"....like a beam or a bridge, there is an arc in it, so the load gets transmitted to the ends.  Camber would help a skier engage the tip and tail by getting pressure there.

 

Having said that, 3cm seems alot even for a traditional ski.  But camber does calm as the skis wear out.  How much will effect your skis? Well depends, how much pressure does it take to compress them?  Alot? Little?  Are both skis the same?  If both skis the same, and you can compress it with your fingers...it wont likley make any difference.

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At my suggestion a buddy of mine recently bought a pair of 09/10 6th Sense Huge skis for a crazy low price. These are the version that is supposed to be "flat" camber. My brother has these skis and there is less than 1cm between the skis when you put them together. However, my friend's skis have about 3cm between the skis when bottom to bottom. This seems like a lot of camber for a ski design that was advertised as "flat" camber. They have more camber than my Legend 85s and it takes more pressure to get the Huge flat than my Legend 85s.

 

How much will this excessive camber affect their performance? There are many reviews of these skis -- would the reviews be different if the reviewers were on a pair that had 3cm of camber rather than flat? My main concern is how it will affect float/tip dive as my friend is planning on using these as deep-snow skis.


Are your brother's skis and these skis the same length?

 

Also, repeated skiing on a pair of skis can "ski-out" the camber.

 

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At my suggestion a buddy of mine recently bought a pair of 09/10 6th Sense Huge skis for a crazy low price. These are the version that is supposed to be "flat" camber. My brother has these skis and there is less than 1cm between the skis when you put them together. However, my friend's skis have about 3cm between the skis when bottom to bottom. This seems like a lot of camber for a ski design that was advertised as "flat" camber. They have more camber than my Legend 85s and it takes more pressure to get the Huge flat than my Legend 85s.

 

How much will this excessive camber affect their performance? There are many reviews of these skis -- would the reviews be different if the reviewers were on a pair that had 3cm of camber rather than flat? My main concern is how it will affect float/tip dive as my friend is planning on using these as deep-snow skis.


My pair of huge are not flat either maybe 1cm of camber. They ski like a super fat all mountain ski. A bit of a bottom feeder in pow compared to what you woudl expect. Not a fun shape, more of a charger.

 

I did notice that they seemed a bit better in pow last season than the season before, more broken in feeling. Could be the fact that I lost 20lbs, and made some technique improvements. Also the snow was alot wetter last season than usual for here. Who knows.

 

Ultimately this is all moot. If he got them for cheap the dollar value lost form a set of holes and a mount combined is about the same as a day ticket most places. Your bro owns them. He should try them and see if HE  likes them. Then he can write a review and then we will know how they ski.

 

IMO it is a ripping ski.

 

 

 

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