Originally Posted by clink83
Base bevel has zero to do
Originally Posted by oldschoolskier
I never did it with my old straight skis and would consider it even less with the shaped skis. The base bevel now is used to ease the edge without detuning.
In short DON'T DETUNE.
The base bevel has very little to do with the tips and tails catching. Sure, if your base bevel is .5 you will grab an edge easier, but that has zero to do with why skis catch edges in the first place.
Years back the tip and tail detune assisted those that could not ski flat (neutral) and skis straight as it allowed some sliding of the ski in the long lengths. Those that loved edge hold didn't.
Now the base bevel does this with less negative effects (better edge hold) taking full effect of the wider shorter shaped ski.
The latest developments are the tip and tail rockers (in various forms) as in addition they act to shorten the ski even more and only engaging as much edge as required depending on how far the ski is tipped on edge.
The real reason skis feel catchy is the the skier can not handle the responsiveness and your technical prowness. For me I love 0.5 and have considered less, but at the sacrifice constantly skiing perfect and without error the benefits aren't big enough.
I've skied skis at 1 and notice a little difference in speed of response to input, enough so that I like a little faster response.
Again it comes down to the skiers want of performance and the ability not to suffer from the increase of response that comes with it.