|Originally posted by fltlndr:
Ok, here's my question.... how do they make these new skis so "torsionally" rigid and still have "longitudinal" flex? :
Two separate fields of study converged to allow for this occurance: materials science and computer-aided design (CAD). Using new materials, engineers were able to create substrates that would have different flex characteristics along different axes. Then, using CAD and dynamic modelling, they could determing appropriate design points for the skis. Volant was one of the earliest with the soft longitudinal with stiff torsionally (they used metal caps, you'll remember). Then, along came Atomic with the width of a snowboard cut in half. Over a few years, the two ideas merged.
Now, you have concepts like the beta channels on Atomics, the other various geometric superstructures, and various core models that all effectively aim to accomplish the same combination of characteristics to create a ski that a certain type of skier can decamber and ride through the entire arc while not having it hold them there.
For me, the Atomics are too "edge loving." They tend to want to stay on edge and now allow for more subtle edging movement to slip. This is just for me, note! Nothing against Atomics!
This shows that the results of these various designs will vary depending on individual skier style and input. Actually, I'm interested in seeing how my shift in skiing will change the way the Atomics ski for me!