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Inspecting New Skis

post #1 of 10
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Last week the UPS guy, known as the brown Santa, arrived at my office with a pair of Kastle FX84's I bought on line. It was odd when he laid down two thin boxes each of which, I assumed, contained one ski. To my surprise, the vendor was kind enough to send two pair of skis to a surprised recipient.

Before I return one of them, I would be interested to know how I should inspect both pairs so as to keep the choicer of the two. Beyond the obvious cosmetic issues to look for are there other considerations?

Obliged.

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post #2 of 10

Not that you'd ever notice on snow but…..

 

Take each ski and look down the base edge while you put slight pressure on the top-skin with your heel in the middle of the ski. You're looking for a nice smooth arching line with no flat spots. Check both in the pair for uniform/similar flex under light to modest pressure.

 

Holding a pair together base to base life then off the ground by holding them together just below the tips by the sidewall with your thumbs and pointing fingers. They should lay flat together at the tails and not be lifted on either side or scissor apart. 

 

Check all base edges for uniform width especially in the tip/tail area.

 

Check all base edges for proper contact with base material.

 

Not that you'd ever notice on snow but…..

 

Bacon.

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Thanks

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post #4 of 10

Hey, deliberate1, I bought those too.  My one pair came in a double wide box.  Before i opened it up, I wondered if they made a mistake and sent two pair.   What are the guys on who are boxing these things up?


What bindings are you putting on them?

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Hey, deliberate1, I bought those too.  My one pair came in a double wide box.  Before i opened it up, I wondered if they made a mistake and sent two pair.   What are the guys on who are boxing these things up?


What bindings are you putting on them?

If they are coming from Colorado, that might 'splain it.

Going back and forth on bindings, so to speak. Have thought about putting a VIST plate that allows forward and aft adjustment. I think it would be a good use since I hope to use these skis for front side and woods and small powder days. I have this rig on my MX78's. Problem is that the whole setup is much heavier than a pair of light Markers or Axials.' Never really know how, if at all, a bindings weight affects performance.

What are you considering?

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post #6 of 10

I put Marker Squires on them because I was looking for something light weight and I've had no difficulties ever with Markers.  And I'm light weight.   I am not yet ready to go for full backcountry gear, so that was not in my plans.  Maybe in the future.

 

Boy these things don't weigh anything.  We have glare ice and mud and rocks to ski on right now, so I haven't had the pleasure of finding out if I made a decent choice or not for my needs.  


Did I say they weigh almost nothing?  I can pick them up together with two fingers.  I wonder how they will ski.

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Check the serial numbers to make sure you have a real pair.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post


Did I say they weigh almost nothing?  I can pick them up together with two fingers.  I wonder how they will ski.

Like you have nothing on your feet?

I am looking forward to my first spins on them as well. My favorite ski in the quiver is a pair of MX78's. Just a brilliant ride. I have the no-metal MX98's which I never bonded with. So I have the Hart Phoenix for carvers, MX 78's for all-around front side, FX84's for front/back mix and Soul 7's for powder.

Now all I need is some f#*&^*g snow. This weekend's deluge replaced two feet of ice/snow concrete on my lawn with a carpet of green January grass.

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post #9 of 10

Yeah.  I ski in NH.

In my yard the neonatal grass I seeded too late in the fall is visible; I'm glad it's still nice and green.  The irises are coming up.

I'd rather not be thinking about the garden and yard right now.  

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Usually my Seasonal Affective Disorder kicks in on the last day of the ski season.

But I feel a malaise coming on even as I type.:(

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