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Horrible day on the slope today

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Horrible day on the slopes today.  Had a hard time controlling my skis and finding my rhythm.  

 

Usually when I am done skiing for the day I take my liners out of my boots to facilitate drying.  I just got new boots a couple of weeks ago (2013 Head Adaptedge 100).  Little did I know that the adjustable mechanism for making these boots stiffer or softer is easily turned from inside the boot where as on the outside it uses an Allen key fitting.  In the process of removing and replacing my liners I must have inadvertently moved the mechanism on the inside.  I am used to/prefer a stiff boot so I had a hard time today controlling my skis with the boots not set to the "stiff" setting.  Worse is the stiffness indicator on both boots was not indicating the same amount of stiffness.  I figured this out late in the day before my final run and was able to borrow an allen key and that improved things a lot.

I also went to see how much it would cost to have my skis waxed...the tech took a look at my skis (Atomic ST7s) and noted that they were railed.  These skis have a really wide shovel and norrow waist so minor concavity at the front of the ski is somewhat expected but this was a bit more than should be.  The tech also noted that my base edge was no longer 1-degree but closer to 2.

 

I had been considering having the bases ground and the edges re-set but there is no place I trusted near where we are living in Belgium.  The shop I was in at the base of the Garmisch Classic ski area have a brand new giant Wintersteiger machine and for 37 Euro said they would grind/structure/reset my angles to whatever I wanted/iron wax the skis and have them ready tomorrow.

 

I am nervous about my next outing later this week mostly because I really believe the problem was equipment and am scared to find out that after all this it really might just be me.

Hopefully things will be better when I am back on the slopes in couple of days.

 

-Zohan

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if you make sure your skis, boots and bindings are in top condition, thru REGULAR maintenance/inspection, then you dont have to ask if its your equipment or you wink.gif

zenny
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