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My powder skis rmu professors had some rust and burrs on the edges. i took out a gummy stone and rubbed it on the base and side edge for a bit to get these out. Was I supposed to be using a guide for this? I took them out the other day and skied in some bad conditions. I was skiing mostly crusty granular bowls, but my edges kept catching in weird spot and felt bad overall. don't know if it was the bad conditions or if I messed up my edges taking rust off that way?

post #2 of 8

It shouldn't have totally screwed them up, but yes, you probably dulled the edges.  In the future, make sure you dry off the skis before you put them away for the day, and you'll avoid having to do what you did in the future.  I'd invest in a small tuning kit, so you can maintain your edges once they're set by a shop (or you).  Maintenance is very easy and quick to do -- totally worth the investment.  There are already quite a few threads on this forum that can help you select the correct gear and how to use it.

 

Conditions right now in the West are sketchy in most areas, so skiing can be difficult if you go off piste.  How'd you skis edge on piste?  My guess is that your skis don't have the sharpest edges, but that the off piste conditions also contributed to their less than stellar performance.

 

Learn how to set an edge angle or take it to a reputable shop and have then reset.  Then dry your skis daily and maintain the edges.  You should then have many days of enjoyment on them between trips to the ski shop.

 

Good luck and ski hard!

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

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Originally Posted by jmcgahran View Post
 

My powder skis rmu professors had some rust and burrs on the edges. i took out a gummy stone and rubbed it on the base and side edge for a bit to get these out. Was I supposed to be using a guide for this? I took them out the other day and skied in some bad conditions. I was skiing mostly crusty granular bowls, but my edges kept catching in weird spot and felt bad overall. don't know if it was the bad conditions or if I messed up my edges taking rust off that way?

Gummi stones are too soft and hang over the edge point when used with any pressure at all. You definitely dulled your edges.

 

But even that should not  cause catchy behavior. Are you sure your skis skied well before the gummi procedure


Edited by Atomicman - 1/23/14 at 7:32am
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could be my edges are just dull, the last time I skied on these was all ice for 4 days at jay peak in vermont, drove home with them on roof (that's how they rusted)., then 3 ft. of powder back in Colorado. So they could have dulled in the ice then i didn't notice in the powder. i'll bring them in for a sharpen. On piste they were marginal, i felt like i really had to work to get them on and off edge.

post #5 of 8
... while a large percentage of the epic community cringes, as though bad things were happening to a puppy ...
post #6 of 8
OK, what I really don't get here is why did you use a 120 waistline ski on those conditions? Maybe its just me, but I would have left them slopeside and demoed / rented somethinn narrower.
post #7 of 8
I think taking them to a shop to set and sharpen the edges is a good idea so you can get a feel for how they perform when they're freshly tuned and as the tune degrades. Read some of the 'new to tuning' kinds of threads here; they've got tips on maintaining edges and the like, and how to stay away from your base bevels to avoid all kinds of trouble.
post #8 of 8
Oh, and no more traveling with them naked and exposed to the elements on the roof rack. Buy a waterproof ski bag for them, then put them on the rack. Wipe them down beforehand, and take them out of the bag as soon as you get where you're going, dry your edges off well, and keep them somewhere dry so they don't rust again. A floor can stay damp and rust your tail edges, so put something waterproof underneath them if you lean them against a wall.
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