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Changed skis, now quad muscles are tiring - why?

post #1 of 8
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Half way through a skiing holiday. For the last 4 days I hired Dynastar Legend Sultan 80s (didn't note what the bindings were), 172cm length. Moved to a different resort this morning and hired Fischer Watea 78s, 167cm. Theoretically similar skis, and they didn't feel hugely different to me (I was skiing exactly the same way on them), but I found today I was really feeling it in my thigh muscles, as if I wasn't skeletally stacked. What might the difference be? Binding angle (if so, higher or lower?). Or binding position? Or something else? I happened to have a couple of little heel lifts in my pack which I put in my boots (under the footbeds) and this seems to have improved the situation but I haven't skied enough since to know yet if something else might have been adversely affected.

 

Just curious, as this is the first time I've experienced this phenomenon.

post #2 of 8

Blame it on the last four days,  not the ski!

 

 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

No, I've not been getting tired, and it was an instant effect. Probably more to do with binding angle or something, rather than skis themselves.

post #4 of 8

If I had to guess, I'd say that it's the delta angle of your bindings.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

OK, so what would be likely to create the quad ache - greater delta angle or less? I presume that it's less, if the heel lift fixed the problem.

post #6 of 8

Purely speculation about your case, but typically a toe that is much lower than the heel will cause quad fatigue.

post #7 of 8

it can happen.  I switched skis this season, and felt I was on high heels, and had to remove my heel lifts .

 

The ache depends on how you compensated for the change I think; whether by standing on your tippytoes (calves?), or by heelpushing backseating in response

post #8 of 8

Could also be snow conditions or skiing harder.

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