Originally Posted by hamster on skis
Is it true that factory tune is always "atrocious"? So, always get new skis tuned?
I used to think that new skis need a tune -- the way new skates need to be sharpened -- but then people told me there's a factory tune, and you can just go skiing.
Again -- I'm a person who totally trusts a basic tune from a random shop.
The answers to these questions depends on how much time, money, and effort you want to spend on it.
1) No, it won't always be atrocious.
There maybe a hanging burr though that you will need to knock off or might naturally just wear off by itself.
If your first few runs feel like the skis suddenly hook and turn by themselves, edge preparation could've fix that. But If you ski them a day, and by the end of the day they seem fine then they're fine.
People who immediately bring in their skis for tuning are like folks who throw away the original tires from their car immediately throw on new high performance tires.
2) You will need wax though, which is the "basic Tune" and where you start.
How much effort you spend on waxing depends again on how much time money and effort you want to spend on it.
There are definitely basic methods that don't require to much time effort, that will get you biggest jumps improvement.
But from there, the additional techniques becomes diminishing returns.
Think like it's detailing a car. There are folks that will spend multiple days detailing their car. And everything they do is an improvement. But if you have a caked on muddy car, just a basic car wash and wax with an all-in-one wax/sealant will be a huge improvement and good enough for you.