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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by lliu View Post
 

So I ordered new skis online (Head Rev 80 Pro) and got the bindings mounted and Sun and Ski sports. I live in Charlotte, NC, so there are really limited ski shop options there. I pretty much no experience with tuning, I just get the store to do it and then use the skis.

At sun and ski sports, the only option was the mounting package, where they mount the skis, adjust bindings, add wax, and detune the skis.

I brought the skis to the shop and they told me they would be done by thursday, but I told them we were leaving thursday, so they said they'll get it done by today. I guess I might have rushed them a bit because of that.

So I pick up the skis from the shop, and It looks like they didn't do a good job. I know very little about tuning, but I'm fairly certain there shouldn't be wax covering the entire edge at certain places. There were also solidified drops of wax on the topsheet, though I think that would have any affect on the skis.

Is this supposed to happen? If not, what should I do about it? I can't really take it to the store because I don't have time to, since I'm leaving soon.

Thanks

now you have good reason to invest in equipment, so that you can learn how to maintain your skis, yourself (it's really not as hard as it looks)

post #32 of 49

Doing it yourself is the way to go for sure and if by chance you're of Brazilian descent, I you could say you're doing Brazilian waxing and your own hand jobs.  The opportunities would be endless. ;)

post #33 of 49

For a good hand job, do I start at the base? or the tip?

post #34 of 49
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For a good hand job, do I start at the base? or the tip?

Well, that would depend on if you want to do it the "Pro" way or not.  From what I've read here, if you want to do it like the "Pros" go base to tip.

post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

Well, that would depend on if you want to do it the "Pro" way or not.  From what I've read here, if you want to do it like the "Pros" go base to tip.


one way or both directions???  :popcorn

post #36 of 49

Anybody tried using their skins for the wax job?

post #37 of 49
This is so funny and true. Ski and golf crap from the south and other places that don't have 12000 ft mountains that never get snow. You chose n get what ya thought what ya paid for. I hope it felt good because ya premature thought ya had to do it before ya just spent $10000 on a trip. We work here for a reason. Because we do it very well in our sport. No I won't hold your hand, but I'll do my job proper for you! A little extra wax should be the least of your worries!
post #38 of 49
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This is so funny and true. Ski and golf crap from the south and other places that don't have 12000 ft mountains that never get snow. You chose n get what ya thought what ya paid for. I hope it felt good because ya premature thought ya had to do it before ya just spent $10000 on a trip. We work here for a reason. Because we do it very well in our sport. No I won't hold your hand, but I'll do my job proper for you! A little extra wax should be the least of your worries!


wut?  :confused

post #39 of 49
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Originally Posted by That dude View Post

This is so funny and true. Ski and golf crap from the south and other places that don't have 12000 ft mountains that never get snow. You chose n get what ya thought what ya paid for. I hope it felt good because ya premature thought ya had to do it before ya just spent $10000 on a trip. We work here for a reason. Because we do it very well in our sport. No I won't hold your hand, but I'll do my job proper for you! A little extra wax should be the least of your worries!


wut?  :confused


It's just like Animal House, only Bluto works in a ski shop.

post #40 of 49
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 


one way or both directions???  :popcorn

Oh!  Most definitely, it needs to be hand over hand. Thumbs Up

post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

"and detune the skis"

Honestly it kills me when I see this. Still standard practice at many (most?) shops. It's like you go to a kitchen store, buy a fancy chef's knife, and they say, "Oh, wait! Let us dull that down for you before you go! You are so welcome!" /rant


Perhaps unfortunately, true...

... Perhaps most unfortunately, too many shops (at least the ones I am familiar with and have access to) assume that the skier needs safety scissors. 

 

I see it when I bring my Kastle RX12's into the shop.   If they know what they are (and many do not), they are mostly horrified that somebody would try to actually ski on them  -- and I invariably get a lecture explaining that they are too much ski for me!   For that reason, I am afraid to have them do anything more than wax them...   Until I know enough to tell them exactly what to do, I'm afraid to rely on their opinion of how they should be tuned -- since they make it obvious that (without knowing anything about me or how or where I ski) they believe I need safety scissors...  They may be right about that -- maybe I do need safety scissors -- but it is the fact that they are assuming that without knowing anything about me that scares me...

... I love these skis and I do not want them turned into a pair of safety scissors!

......  They probably would benefit from a good tune.   But, would they get it?

 

The fact that the kids out front are 45 years younger than me does not help... 

 

Sorry for the rant -- but I am a bit frustrated...

... But I am equally grateful for the knowledge shared on these forums -- for (hopefully) it will enable me to better protect myself from those who want to protect me from my skis.

post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

"and detune the skis"

Honestly it kills me when I see this. Still standard practice at many (most?) shops. It's like you go to a kitchen store, buy a fancy chef's knife, and they say, "Oh, wait! Let us dull that down for you before you go! You are so welcome!" /rant


Edges don't need to be razor sharp, they only need to be sharp enough...
 


Razor IS sharp enough, if you are skiing on boiler plate.  If you have some snow to play with, you could go with chef-knife sharp, and if you have 6" of soft snow, just go ski.

post #43 of 49
Thread Starter 

Wow, thanks for all the replies!

I went skiing over this weekend and the skis functioned normally, with a good edge grip. Very easy to turn as well. Skis were sharp enough to give me a deep cut on my scalp :P

(I fell and the ski somehow hit my head after it detached D:)

Anyways, I did scrape some wax off the side of the skis, and everything went smoothly performance wise.

post #44 of 49

I thought this was a ski forum. It's sounding more like a porn forum. :cool

post #45 of 49
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Originally Posted by lliu View Post
 

Wow, thanks for all the replies!

I went skiing over this weekend and the skis functioned normally, with a good edge grip. Very easy to turn as well. Skis were sharp enough to give me a deep cut on my scalp :P

(I fell and the ski somehow hit my head after it detached D:)

Anyways, I did scrape some wax off the side of the skis, and everything went smoothly performance wise.


Now it's time for you to get a helmet!  

post #46 of 49
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 


Now it's time for you to get a helmet!  


maybe we should start a thread to discuss that......:eek

post #47 of 49
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 


Now it's time for you to get a helmet!  


maybe we should start a thread to discuss that......:eek


Funny!  You can start one anytime!  :ski

post #48 of 49
Thread Starter 

Believe it or not, I actually did have a helmet on, albeit a poor fitting low quality one. It just happened that on that specific run, which was the last run before trails close, I decided to unbuckle my helmet because it was too tight and making it a bit hard to breath. (I don't quite know how to put this, but the helmet didn't really add much pressure to my chin. The proximity to my neck made by throat tense and soar, probably from natural reflex or something, like clenching the muscles)

Anyways, without the buckle my helmet flew off my head upon my faceplant-impact onto the snow, then my detached ski arced through the air and its edge managed to make contact with my head as I slid down the slope. Not fun at all, though at the moment the worst thing was my freezing face, it was later on when I was applying pressure to the cut that I actually felt pain from it, probably due to adrenaline or overwhelming embarrassment. Or both

post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by lliu View Post
 

Believe it or not, I actually did have a helmet on, albeit a poor fitting low quality one. It just happened that on that specific run, which was the last run before trails close, I decided to unbuckle my helmet because it was too tight and making it a bit hard to breath. (I don't quite know how to put this, but the helmet didn't really add much pressure to my chin. The proximity to my neck made by throat tense and soar, probably from natural reflex or something, like clenching the muscles)

Anyways, without the buckle my helmet flew off my head upon my faceplant-impact onto the snow, then my detached ski arced through the air and its edge managed to make contact with my head as I slid down the slope. Not fun at all, though at the moment the worst thing was my freezing face, it was later on when I was applying pressure to the cut that I actually felt pain from it, probably due to adrenaline or overwhelming embarrassment. Or both


Been there!  Only difference is my helmet is gouged!  I hate planting my face!  Ski on!  :beercheer:

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