Originally Posted by ADKS
Thanks, ZT, that helps very much. She's a good skier, but not what I would call aggressive. She is not a gear head, so I don't know what her thinking was on these skis, but has been complaining about them, always saying that she preferred her old, straighter K2s. Perhaps a better tune would change her tune! She also was talked into a way too stiff race boot, but that's another story.
Just curious, what would a 2* bevel feel like on hard (icy), steep snow? Would the skis tend to slide out and make it scary, making it difficult to set an edge and carve?
And I'm curious how they would have gotten tuned to 2* in the first place.
Well, without going into too much detail--generally, with a lower base bevel (in degrees) a frontside/carving/all mountain-cambered ski will engage sooner with less tipping angle (of the ski). Conversely, with a higher base bevel, a skier must tip the ski higher on edge before it begins to carve (engage). So, for instance, a slalom racer will often prefer a .5* (or less in some cases!) because they want a more immediate response. On the other end of the spectrum, a downhiller may desire a 1.5-2* (or maybe more in rare cases) because they may require a more subtle ski feedback. --I would suspect (not sure here, never even touched a pair of Head Every Thangs) that they came with a factory 1* & 2* (base & side) as they are an advanced frontside carver. So, with a 2* base, it may feel like she isn't getting any purchase until she's "laying them over"...especially in a smaller radius turn with lower speeds.
I don't want to open a much larger can of worms here, but a ski's base bevel can actually grow via heat/ friction, abrasive factors (dirty snow, small pebbles, sticks, branches...you get the idea), over zealous tuning, etc...especially if it's been skied a lot, and on hard eastern snow.
I would also say something about the new race boots (though bootfitting is NOT my specialty). Many women tend to be "knock kneed"...she may need some canting, or at the least, a cuff alignment.
Also, I forgot to ask...did you check the base flatness with a true bar? A convex base can "wander"...
Edited by zentune - 12/14/12 at 10:30pm