They are pretty good! You couldn't pay me enough to throw a heli on XC skis.
Well, actually any skis anymore.
Should be good skiing in the mid west this week. Good year to get new equipment.
My friend has been using my metal edges so I put some big bindings on my old wooden 7 foot skis. You can lean hard and get them to turn or try to lunge and step into the turn. Either way you will be lucky to get 50% success. Plan on wiping out a lot and have fun.
I've got a question about grip tape (discussed a bit starting with post #51 above). It's an alternative to grip wax, so intended to go into the wax pocket of a cambered XC ski, which by design is only intended to contact snow when all the body weight is pushing down on one ski (at least on true double cambered XC skis).
So if you take a tele ski, which may have little camber, certainly not double camber, and put some grip tape under the boot area, (more or less where the wax pocket would be), could you get enough bite for climbing low angle stuff but not enough to ruin the glide coming down? Something close to what a waxless base would provide?
I never got a chance to try this last winter, and the best way would be to just go out and give it a shot, but thought I'd ask if anyone has been down that road and has some tips about how to apply the grip tape. How much - full strips, or just small patches spaced out, etc?
"kick eat"? What dat?
"waxless bases over grip tape"?? Are you saying affix some waxless base material to the ski base using grip tape?
Hmm, that's a thought. I have an older pair of waxless XC skis that are shot, but they do have waxless bases. Hmm...
*very* low angle, but yes. By very low angle I mean if you look at the topo map here:
you can totally climb 3mile with grip tape and even all the way up to the knob but you will backslide on Highland View unless there's a crapload of new snow. Or unless you do hairpins all the way up (ooof!).
The contact area for grip tape is shorter than that for waxless bases, from the heel to a little in front of the binding. Digger is correct - kick wax works better in the right sort of snow. In the wrong sort of snow - well I use grip tape to avoid having to use viola klister.
More wild and crazy guys on XC skis...
And lots more where that came from...
Originally cop'd from here, which has even more good stuff!