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Capped versus Sandwich Ski Construction

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I have been told that capped skis start to lose their performance characteristics after 50 days on snow and sandwich construction skis after 100 days on snow.  Realizing that core has an impact, is this a good general rule of thumb?

post #2 of 8

Not really. A big guy will tire out a ski faster than a small guy. A guy who carves hard will tire out his skis faster than a guy who skids. A fast skier will tire out a ski faster than a slow skier. A guy who takes air...I think you get the idea. 

 

And there have been cap skis on the WC circuit. So not an inferior design. Depends on the execution and mission. 

post #3 of 8
(The skidders kill the bases faster, though, ime. Nothing to do with caps, of course.)
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I think what he's asking is if sandwich construction will generally last twice as long as cap construction. I'm not sure a cap ski on the WC circuit would be any indicator of ski longevity?

 

OP - I do not have nearly as much knowledge as others on this board to answer your question, but you should also consider there are hybrid designs out there as well that get good reviews as far as ski life is concerned.

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I've heard of the durability issue, but it's foam vs wood core, the latter being more durable of course.
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Meh there are some truly indestructible 'foam' cores out there. 

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You can make a cap ski with a wood core cant you? I think that its more a question of overall build material and usually a sandwich ski is not mass produced while a cap ski is. That kind of sets the general guidelines for cap vs sandwich construction. And that reflects performance and durability. Atomic and Salomon are known for using cap construction on their general mass racing skis. Or hybrid versions. These skis are in this segment ok and fully comparably to equal sandwich skis. Also, I'm not totally convinced that new school and modern twin tip park and wide powder skis that are made with a sandwich construction are automatically better and longer lasting than cap construction skis. Never underestimate the power of marketing. I tune my and my kids skis myself and when you do that you get a really good picture of ski build and performance.

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