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New skis, camber doesn't match

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
So I found a good deal online on last years Atomic Theory, new still in the plastic, and the camber is different between the 2 skis. Measuring the distance from the ground to the bottom of each ski at the center line of the ski, one ski is 9mm off the ground and one ski is 5mm off the ground. The serial numbers match so they are a "pair".

Will I notice this skiing or is this within tolerance for a "pair"?
post #2 of 14
Sounds like a return to me.
post #3 of 14

:nono:

 

I wouldn't ski them, and you'd be surprised what I would ski..

post #4 of 14
Yup - return them. I once received a NOS pair like that and they sent a new pair.
post #5 of 14

What happens when you place them base to base and squeeze them near the center of the ski so the bases touch from tip to tail? Do you see a straight line when you sight do the the edges, or does it curve?

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

What happens when you place them base to base and squeeze them near the center of the ski so the bases touch from tip to tail? Do you see a straight line when you sight do the the edges, or does it curve?
It curves a little with the belly of the curve towards the more cambered ski. The more cambered ski looks flatish and the less cambered ski looks rockerish. If that makes sense.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

:nono:

 

I wouldn't ski them, and you'd be surprised what I would ski..

+1, cosmetic defect, scratched topsheet, miss matched serial #'s all ok by me they'll get beat up anyway. Out of camber, not a chance, now you're talking performance, return them asap!

If the online place even hints at giving you a problem call your credit card company and put the purchase in dispute...you did pay by credit card right? 

post #8 of 14

Your description makes perfect sense. One is convex, one is concave. That confirms that the flex of the skis are not even similar. The edges in a straight line would show you that the skis flex match each other.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
So it's clear they should go back. I'll call the store in the morning and see what they say. I did use a credit card so I have some protection there. I think I'm going to just get a refund and skip the exchange. This has me spooked from buying skis online. Good news, I get to buy another pair of skis smile.gif.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Shibby View Post

So it's clear they should go back. I'll call the store in the morning and see what they say. I did use a credit card so I have some protection there. I think I'm going to just get a refund and skip the exchange. This has me spooked from buying skis online. Good news, I get to buy another pair of skis smile.gif.


Tell the community how it works out, what you end up getting, and how they ski.  Welcome to the forum, hang around;)

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well I've talked to the store and sent a few pictures for them to look at. They are saying they think the way the skis are packaged caused the cambers to not look the same. They are suggesting to ski them and that after the ski gets broken in a little bit that they should look the same and if I'm still not happy with them I can send them back. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm refined enough to be able to tell a difference between the two skis and their explanation makes sense. They have emphatically stated they stand behind them 100% if something does turn out to be wrong. So I'm thinking of giving them a try, but I don't know enough about skis to know wether he is feeding me BS or not. Opinions?

Here are the pics I took
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post #12 of 14
Send them back.
post #13 of 14

Send them back. They were probably stored in a hot place and held the shape that they were in during that time. You or I might not notice the difference, but at some point they may exhibit some other defect such as structural weakness. I think delamination would be quite possible if heat affected the glues used in construction sufficiently to cause them to acquire a new shape.

 

It sounds like they are standing behind their sale so they should take them back as is rather than have you drop more $ into mounting them and skiing them. Get new skis now while you can enjoy them this season.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
FedEx is coming tomorrow to pick them up.

Thanks for the help! I'll be sure to post what I end up buying.
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