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Was feeling nostalgic today

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So I took my Olin skis from 1986 along with my current skis to the hill. Stepped into them for a couple last runs of the day. Boy was I glad I picked an easy blue first, I flat out could not get them to turn. Did one run and that was enough. I guess I've been on parabolics for so long I forgot how to ski on the old ones.
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A few years ago, right before I finally yanked the bindings, I skied my last pair of straight skis, a set of 1993 vintage Salomon Equppe 9000's (one of the first cap skis).

 

They actually did better than I remember- edge grip was pretty great, but I geuess that is to be expected with 2 meters of ski in contact with the snow. But initiating a turn was a different world.

 

Remember, on straight skis the turn initiation is to unweight and unload the ski and then bring all that weight down forward to engage the tip and flex the front of the ski while you roll the edge over.

 

You can skid turns, but easily pivoting an 180 cm ski also requires an unweight motion to make it anything but clumsy.

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