Originally Posted by mdf
Unless you are racing seriously, Atomicman's process is way overkill.
You're probably correct. But, and I'm speaking from personal experience, when you spend a lot of time doing race skis and you become good at it, you kind of develop certain OCDism's with regard to detail because any advantage you may have as the tuner, is all in the details. It's typically not one big thing you do that helps your skis be faster but rather a number of small things that all add up. And when that same person works on rec skis, it's hard for them to not do things in an "overkill" as you put it, way.
Think of it like this, you ask really good artist to draw a stick person, then you ask a average person to draw the same thing. The average joe will have it done in a matter of seconds while the really good artist takes considerably longer. The artists stick person is off the chart good, likely because of the detail they put into it, while the average joe's stick person is just adequate. Adquate, in some things, such as our stick person, is certainly fine but for some, after they've spent countless hours honing and developing their craft, is something they can't simply turn on or off because they only know how to do things a certain way. You call it "overkill" but we call it attention to detail, even if that attention to detail is unnecessary.
Edited by MoJo23 - 1/7/15 at 2:49pm