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Thread Starter 
I was just wondering how an old, stiff race ski would work for freeriding, specifically for steeps...
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We used to ski 'old' stiff and straight race skis in all snow conditions and all terrain just fine. But the new skis do let us push the boundary of whats possible even further . . . so I wouldn't want to go back!
post #3 of 13
I just came back from a swap meet. For a whopping $25 you could find out real easy.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I know, theres a swap going on where I live to, just thinking about whether I want to check it out or not. Also, Sunday is half price day, yaaay! The only prob is I might have to get some new bindings because the swap won't sell really old bindings for liability reasons...
post #5 of 13
have 3 pairs of skis
Hart f17...narrow, and straight, stiff tail.
Scream series...midfat bent em to hell in soft spring bumps.
fischer GS race skis haven't skiied em yet.

the f17's are the best in bumps, but i wouldn't want them off piste too much because they don't float nearly se well as the screams.
midfats or any shaped ski will hold better on steeps because of a more evenly distributed edge contact oner the whole legnth of the ski. (the tips and tails dig in better)
Go for any advantage you can buy.
More the skier than the ski. People ripped up steeps on wood three pin skis with leather boots.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 28, 2001 09:10 PM: Message edited 1 time, by zeek ]</font>
post #6 of 13
Old strait skis make very good offering to the snow gods. Burn them and pray for snow. It works quite well.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I can think of many more destructive uses for strait skis... That said I decided not to go to the ski swap, waste of my time (which I used to sit around and do nothing), but I did make 225 dollars selling my old boots.
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I just got back from the Tyrol Ski Patrol swap. I sold a pair of K2 GS (last straight one)with Salomon Equip and EPBs for $10. The other 4 pairs I donated to the area room divider.(fence made of old skis)
I have heard that too much sidecut isn't good on extreme steeps. The idea being that the edge makes more full contact. Makes sense, you don't make many arcs on the really steep ones. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 13
Slatz, I found that to be true when shaped skis first came out. Our traditional 'windshield wiper' turns on the steeps didn't feel as secure on shaped skis, which I attributed to less ski to snow contact area. However our tecnique has been changing now to take advantage of the shaped skis. We are often rounding out part or all of a turn on even very steep runs, in a way that would have looked totally insane years ago on the straight boards. When skiing steeps this way the increased sidecut becomes beneficial rather than a problem. Of course another thing to note is that "true" steeps are in fact rarely skied by anybody in-bounds. By and large even the steepest inbounds double-blacks in America never really did physically require hop turns, people often just found it required psychologically. Also, I think it frankly felt and looked more impressive to folks if one was doing hop turns and so it was soothing to the ego!
post #10 of 13
I have a pair of Kastle RX 200's, with old geze bindings, if you want em, take em!
I had them where Rae Glacier "used" to be on friday. The few turns I attemped where pitiful. I think i'll find some busted up old midfats in a 180 before i go hiking again.
There's a song about " a deadhead sticker on a cadillac" that applies to this discussion.
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Straight skis are best used by puttin them to tha side of a fish coup to take tha fish coup out on tha ice eh.
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They still work well if you are into moguls and what a bargain if you can still find some.
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