Originally Posted by Jerry Chabino
IMy wife and I just purchased Atomic C-9.18s. Hers are marked left and right and mine are not. Is there such a thing as a left and right ski with these new type carver skiis?
With very rare exceptions* no.
The shop typically marks them because they tested the right and left boots in the skis marked right and left, respectively. If your boots are identical, it doesn't matter. If you have different-sized feet, or use a different brand of boots on each foot (don't laugh, I've seen that done, though only by one person), it would matter. If they're not identical due to wear or something, it might
matter. On the other hand, some people make a point of switching the skis to even out the edge-wear ... or they use them one way, then switch them if they damage an edge ... or some racers save one set of inside edges for races.
*A few years ago, some of Atomic's racing skis were asymmetrical. The left and right topsheets also looked
obviously different (e.g.
checkered flag graphic on tip of one ski and tail of other), and the ski graphics included a left and right designation.