A question on edge grip...
The tuner - me, both skis 3/1, usually use stones, sometimes a file, both pairs pass the tuning stick and fingernail test
The pilot - me, same run, same day, back-to-back. My first real day so I'm rusty but I was rusty on both skis. 155 lbs.
The trail - man-made snow on a modestly steep slope (think fairly typical NE groomed black run - Hellgate at Hunter) that had become scraped a couple of hours into the day but not to the extant where you could see your reflection.
The skis - 2011/12 Dynastar Speed Course Ti @ 171 cm 121/72/105 15m cheater GS type ski with under 10 days. 2005ish Fischer WC SC @ 160 cm 118/66/98 12m cheater SL type ski with max 50 days (probably 35ish), lots of bump skiing.
The grip of the Speed Course is tenacious. Total confidence inspiring. If it starts to lose grip, it's progressive with plenty of time for correction. The grip of the WC SC was significantly less overall. When it let go, it really let go. It was fine skiing basically straight down but it couldn't hold a full "C" turn.
So what's the deal? Is the WC SC suffering from age? It used to be my favorite front side ski. But, I never remember it holding nearly as well as the Speed Course. Something about a cheater GS vs. cheater SL? A bit too short? I really like the quickness of the WC SC and it's far better in the bumps but would really appreciate more grip for something with race graphics.