I've got 88 degree side bevels on my two current pair of skis, and a new pair of Rossi Temptation 88s with a 89 degree factory bevel that I'm going to change to 88 degrees. I definitely want a dedicated single-angle file guide without a lot of doo-dads. On other sites I liked the SVST Pro Edge guide, which has a stainless steel plate and takes shims to increase the bevel, but Racewax doesn't carry SVST guides. Here are my options at Racewax
* a no-frills anodized aluminum file guide by either Ski Man/Wintersteiger or Kuu;
* a Kuu guide with a steel plate; or
* a Side of Beast guide, which has a steel plate and can take a shim if I decide to increase the bevel on one or more of my skis.
The Side of Beast is $28 more than a plain guide and $24 more than the the Kuu with the steel plate. However, the regular price for Beast shims is only $10, vs. $25 or $33 for a separate regular or steel-plate guide.
So here are my questions:
1. Is there a quality or functional difference between SVST, Kuu, and Ski Man single angle guides?
2. Is the Side of Beast guide $26 better than the others?
3. Could a Beast (or SVST) shim be used with the other guides? It's been icy for Utah the past few years, and I might want to increase the bevel on the Rossis to 87 degrees, though I haven't decided on that yet.
* I have a 'sympathy' discount because I missed the end of the end of the Veteran's Day sale by 10 minutes. Don't be too jealous; they're going to run the same 20% discount next week on Turkey Day and Black Friday.