Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski
This past summer, I stored a pair of full-cambered cheater race skis clamped together, and then velcroed tightly above and below the binding plate.
I noticed that their camber now seems to be much less than my other skis (Progressor 7+ and K2 Raider), neither of which are as good of a ski.
So, did I make a major mistake and de-camber these skis by storing them this way for many months?
I have a hard time believing that todays skis, that are designed to be bent can be decambered so easily. Think of the forces applied to the ski in a full carved turn and then compare it to the forces of a velcro strap. How can today's skis handle the forces of carved turns (bent into reverse camber) all season but can't hand'e being flat. Aren't they flat as soon as you click in the bindings?
I don't doubt that the skis have less camber than the other skis. What you don't know is if this particular pair of skis has less camber after storage than before storage. You didn't mention what type of ski you clamped. Just because it doesn't have as much camber as the skis you mentioned, might not mean it lost camber. Might not of ever had it. You aren't comparing apples to apples and you need to make sure you are comparing apples of the same type from the same grove.
If the storage caused it, then cantunamunch's method will correct the problem. If the latter does work, I would bet it to be short lived.
I still think this whole thing with storing them is a hold over from the days of wooden skis.
Will skis loses camber? Over time and use, yes. So what if it does. When you use the ski it is flat or bent. It might not seem to have as much "pop" coming out of a turn, but the majority of skiers won't notice that (though they'll talk about it).