Originally Posted by mogsie
Originally Posted by Ghost
0.5 is my favourite base bevel for all of my skiing, but I suck at bump skiing.
You can't be as sloppy at 0.5 as you can at 1, but 0.5 seems to bite quicker and be more responsive, which I like better. I will admit that it is easier to control a buttered/skidded turn with a 1 degree bevel than it is with a 0.5 degree bevel.
Currently I've got 1 degree on my Völkl P50s and Volant Machetes, and 0.5 on my WC SCs and old Kästle SGs.
So you are saying that you prefer the responsiveness of the 0.5 even at the detriment of smoothness of the skiding... To what extend would you say that it can be a problem in bumps and trees?
Do you find your skis catchy?
That's right, I prefer the responsiveness and precision of the 0.5 degree base - 3 degree side, even at the cost of the ease of control of the skidding, but not enough to retune my P50s from 1 base (2 side) to 0.5 base until it's time for a base grind. When skiing trees, where the bumps seem well spaced out, I admit that I have to pay attention and stay sharp with the WC SCs at 0.5 base 3 side, especially after a wet snow flash freeze event, where as with the Machetes at 1 degree base (2 side, 1st few tunes only! then had to tune at 1 side because the metal cap is in danger of being removed), it's like having an easy button.
I find the 13 m ski a little "catchy" in deep wet snow, only because it wants to turn more than it CAN turn and ends up going a little too much sideways and catching on clumps when going at a good clip, but I think that is because of the turn radius and short length and not because of the edge tune. My old SGs at 0.5 base 2 side, don't have that problem. Bear in mind that I have been skiing with 0.5 base (or sometimes 0 base) and razor sharp tip to tail skis for decades and love the on-rails feeling of a cleanly carved turn. It might take the average bear a few days to get used to it.
If I were only skiing bumps I might prefer the 1 degree base, still not sure on that one (I suck at bumps anyway). I don't see much difference in ease of use in bumps between my 190 Machetes at 1 degree base and my 165 cm WC SCs at 0.5 degree base, but again, I suck at bumps regardless. I do notice that the 188 P50s are a little nicer than the Machetes because they are a little more conforming in longitudinal flex, but I'm not sure I would call them easier or forgiving; both pair have 1 degree base, but the Machetes are a bit stiffer in longitudinal flex, all my skis are stiff in torsion. Maybe the shorter SCs make up for the less forgiving base bevel by not being long enough to catch tip or tail on the adjacent tight bump (all I seem to be able to find these days).