I understand hand tuning, machine tuning and tuning from the factory.
When a person tests skis, do they test them with a factory tune?
I have read a blanket statement like "all my skis have a 1 degree base and 3 degree side edge."
So, if for instance, you test a Head vs. a Fischer ski you might hear a comment like the Fischer had "great edge grip." Wouldn't that be function of the factory tune? Head comes with a 1 degree base and 1 degree edge while Fischer's are 1/3. If you put a 1/3 on that Head ski, would the great edge grip of the Fischer seem not so great?
When testing, shouldn't all the skis have the same base and edge angles? It seems to me that would level the playing field, no???
Also, when testing, do you test new skis or are they just the demo fleet?
If I understand what I've read in regards to the demo fleet, you could literally have either no tune, a factory tune or some other tune on those skis. If it's unclear what the tune is when demoing, how can you make an informed decision? Ignore the tune and try to concentrate on other attributes of the ski? Do they mark the demo skis with how they are tuned?
Thanks for the help.
Edited by DirtViking - 2/19/14 at 5:35am