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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

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?
post #2 of 17

sticker?

Is it marked on the ski, or is it a sticker placed on the ski by the shop that mounted the bindings? My guess is it's just a sticker, and that you can feel free to switch back and forth.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jerry Chabino
Hello all,

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.
post #4 of 17
Unless you have the old Atomic race skis, or canted bindings, it makes no difference.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for the the replys. The boots and skiis are all brand new so based on your comments I'm Ok .

Tumbler: Just stickers on my wife's skiis. As I stated I have no stickers on mine and I can't find any factory L or R markers on them. Any idea where Atomic marks them?

Thanks,

Jerry
post #6 of 17
Atomic doesn't make the skis L or R, save yourself time and stop looking...I tune my own skis and will swap edges during the ski day.

Enjoy your new toys.
post #7 of 17
If the bindings have canting strips under them, then there will be a left or right ski. The only thing is if they are canted, they probably wont be canted correctly for your particular leg alignment. Maybe have the shop have a look at the bindings to be sure.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
With very rare exceptions* no.
*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.
There were other manufacturers like Salomon who also had asymmetrical racing skis. If you don't have one of those feel free to confuse right with left.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by wizard
If the bindings have canting strips under them, then there will be a left or right ski. The only thing is if they are canted, they probably wont be canted correctly for your particular leg alignment. Maybe have the shop have a look at the bindings to be sure.
If they're brand new C9's as he says they aren't going to have any canting strips under the bindings.
post #10 of 17
Even though he thinks he knows what model they are, and he thinks the shop that mounted them hasn't canted them, and he thinks he knows how the model they're supposed to be are built:

He should take them to a certified ski technician, who will give them an MRI and further test them with expensive and precisely calibrated machines and compare them to secret specifications, then adjust them with more special equipment that only highly trained technicians can use, or even touch.

While he's at it, he should get his poles professionally aligned also.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
There were other manufacturers like Salomon who also had asymmetrical racing skis. If you don't have one of those feel free to confuse right with left.
And those Salomons had just differnt L/R tips. Dynastar was the last company that offered a asymetrical ski in the ID (I think) series. They also offered a ski that had different sidewalls a white and black sidewall, white for soft snow and black for hard snow. Sarner had skis in the 70's. There are probably others but I do not recall any right now.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
And those Salomons had just differnt L/R tips. Dynastar was the last company that offered a asymetrical ski in the ID (I think) series. They also offered a ski that had different sidewalls a white and black sidewall, white for soft snow and black for hard snow. Sarner had skis in the 70's. There are probably others but I do not recall any right now.
Correct. Dynastar ID 96/97 were thicker over the inner edges "for more tenacious edge grip".
Other strongly asymmetrical skis were the first Fischer Radarc and - amybe - also the next generation of the model. Then no more.
Atomic Beta Race 9.28 as a retail model. The same race stock was symmetrical.
Atomic Beta Carv 9.11, an "extreme carver".
There was a private ski "factory" comprising one person even under the communists in Czechoslovakia in the 70s and he made an asymmetrical model.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
And those Salomons had just differnt L/R tips. Dynastar was the last company that offered a asymetrical ski in the ID (I think) series. They also offered a ski that had different sidewalls a white and black sidewall, white for soft snow and black for hard snow. Sarner had skis in the 70's. There are probably others but I do not recall any right now.
Phil, you are right. The dynastars were sold in the 90s and were truly asymmetric...but cannot recall the model. Skied them and did not like them. Can't recall if the sidecut was different as well or just the sidewall material.
post #14 of 17
The earlier Dynstar model being referred to from the 80's with the black and white coloured sidewalls was called the Fusion. Only difference from left to right was the sidewall material, shapes were the same.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by coastalbc
The earlier Dynstar model being referred to from the 80's with the black and white coloured sidewalls was called the Fusion. Only difference from left to right was the sidewall material, shapes were the same.
Ah yes, I rememeber them well. I just forgo the series name. There was 3 skis, a HZ black, HX Silver and I forget the 3rd one but it was white. I MUST be getting old.
post #16 of 17
A friend of mine had some traditional Volkls - they had a different sidecut on the outside of the ski (left-right) - I think the idea was that the inside edge was a GS sidecut and the outside edge was a Slalom sidecut. It was over 17 years ago, and I don't remember the model.
post #17 of 17
Baring all the "tech stuff", and while ski construction has really come a long way they still aren't always flawless. The common conception when we all have switched skis from foot to foot and they feel different was believed to be flex, or a sharper edge or tuning irregularity.

Try this ----put them side by side and run your fingers between the two. Flip flop them and do the same. If you find there is more space one way than the other that will relate to a slightly shorter radius turn than the other way. Want them to ski more like a slalom ski----more room between------more like a GS----less room between them. Pick your pleasure and mark them right and left !

And ditto on having them checked by a tech.
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