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How to Check if a Ski is bent

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I was looking at a pair of used skis and when I held them together tight at the binding I could see a small amount of space about 12-15 inches in back of the binding. When I do this with my skis there is no space. Is the ski bent?

post #2 of 15

are you talking about camber versus rocker? 

 

Most skis are "bent".   However, you need to know if the bent was the way it was designed or if the ski is broken.

 

If you're concerned that a ski is damaged, what you look for is if both skis are the same. Really hard for 2 skis to be simultaneously damaged exactly the same way.

 

When you read ski reviews, they will often have pictures of the ski and profile, and you can see some have camber some have rocker.

post #3 of 15

:worthless

 

Seriously. This is why god invented smart phones. Hard to say what you mean by a "small space." But wouldn't expect a gap behind binding if it's a real gap and ski then makes contact again.

post #4 of 15

They don't cal them BENTChetlers for nothin'  :duck:

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

They don't cal them BENTChetlers for nothin'  :duck:

Boo Hiss

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

With my left hand out of the picture I am holding the bindings and the ski is locked together. I can slide this piece of paper where you see it. If I flip the ski over the paper will slide 4 inches forward the binding. None of my other skis will do this so I am thinking the ski is bent.

post #7 of 15

Retract the brakes with rubber bands so they have no effect on the camber. Put the skis base to base vertically (standing on the tail), so the weight of one ski does not flex into the other. See if one ski mirrors the other, this should give you a better idea IF one is bent or not. 

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Done and th

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Retract the brakes with rubber bands so they have no effect on the camber. Put the skis base to base vertically (standing on the tail), so the weight of one ski does not flex into the other. See if one ski mirrors the other, this should give you a better idea IF one is bent or not. 

Done and the gap is still there, more on one side then the other.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post
 

Done and th

Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Retract the brakes with rubber bands so they have no effect on the camber. Put the skis base to base vertically (standing on the tail), so the weight of one ski does not flex into the other. See if one ski mirrors the other, this should give you a better idea IF one is bent or not. 

Done and the gap is still there, more on one side then the other.

There is your answer. 

post #10 of 15

Can you show us a photo taken from the side, showing the edges of the two skis placed base to base, with bases touching?

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

bindings together, brakes off

post #12 of 15
The skis are totally shot. Send them to me and I'll dispose of them.
Eric
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you, ups or mail$ Shipping is $200. No charge for the Skisame since they are bent
post #14 of 15

I can't see too much assymetry from the pic, but maybe you can.  Looks like one ski MAY have a little less camber than the other,  but there isn't much camber there to begin with.

Would it be possible to see the whole ski like shown above (bases together standing on tails), and another with the skis held firmly together to show the loaded on-hard-snow shapes.

What year/model of ski again?

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am returning the Skis Thanks for everyone's help
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