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Atomic C-9 Topsheets Really Banged up on the First Run

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I purchased a pair of Atomic C-9's in 180 CM and had my first day of skiing on it yesterday. However, after just 2 hours of leisurely runs, I noticed that both skis had the front topsheets really scratched up. The snow conditions were ideal and I didnt fall/hit anything either. So I am very disappointed to see my brand new skis scratched up bad.

Has anyone faced this type of problem with this ski or any other? I have never encountered this problem with any other ski I have used.

Any advice on what I could do with the skis would be greatly appreciated..Would Atomic be able to do something about it under warranty?

Someone at the ski slope told me that I should apply some WD-40 but I dont think its fair for a ski to look this way after just on day of skiing!

Thanks,
post #2 of 21
Do you need a tissue?
post #3 of 21
What you need to do to your skis is keep them apart. Wider stance is in, feet locked together ala 50's Stein Erikson is passe. Warranties cover manufacturers' defects, not skiers' lack of technique. I haven't heard what WD-40 is supposed to do. Does it help keep your feet apart?
post #4 of 21
I don't understand what could be scratching your top sheets, unless you are crossing your skis on the lift. Don't do that.
post #5 of 21
The topsheets donĀ“t glide nor edge.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your quick responses.

Betaracer, I do ski with a wide stance, not the "Old-style skiing" that you mentioned and am a strong intermediate skier and the only reason I posted my question on this site is because I have never encountered this problem before, let alone on my first day of skiing a pair of brand new skis..So I am pretty baffled to see this happen.

Its definitely not the lack of technique or skis crossing each other on the lift that made it happen..

Thanks,
post #7 of 21
when entering a skiing discussion site populated by serious skiers, it sure helps to NOT ask questions that reveal spode-level knowledge, skill or ability.

would you go to a Ferrari dealer to shop for a family minivan?

I'm not too sure what matters about your topskins being scratched. did you buy your skis for the way they ski, or for the way the topskin looks?

I don't think you'll find too many people here who sympathize OR empathize with cosmetic issues, other than the recent joiners who don't know any better.
post #8 of 21
Don't know why this would happen to you. I have been skiing on my C9 (brand new) the past 9 times out now. They have been under pretty bad conditions (couldn't resist the wonderful NE ice, crud, and all the craps that is NE's frozen granular). Though the base has a few marks, the top is in tip top condition.
post #9 of 21
Put some stickers on them. Here is a good start for you.
post #10 of 21
The clear-coat on the Atomic C series ski can be very susceptible to scratching, especially if the snow is icy or gritty (e.g. there's a lot of sand or pebbles in the snow mix - typical of early and late-season skiing conditions). It's just part of the fun of ski ownership. If you want to try and remove the scratches, Lexan repair material (used on motorcycle visors and available from any riding gear shop) will likely repair the scratches.

But honestly (and this is me going into a bit of a rant), does the appearance of the topsheets really matter? Sure, if there's a big crack or a huge chunk missing, that would be something else. But you ski on your bases and edges, not on your topsheets. And better yet: the more beat-up your skis look, the less attractive they are to thieves. Something to think about.

From personal experience: every pair of skis I've owned that had glossy topsheets were scratched up heavily after a short time. And this while skiing with a wide, racing stance. It just happens, it's inevitable. So perhaps it happened a little more quickly for you - it happens!.

Cheer up - and get out there and ski!
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Gonsostrike,

I just want to put an end to this discussion but just one thing. How do you expect ppl to learn more if they cannot ask questions. I might not be an expert skier but this website and the forums have helped me tremendously with all facets of skiing and I love the sport.

If you dont encourage some beginners and intermediates to ask questions on this forum, you might just want to let the Site administrator know and kick everyone else out!
post #12 of 21
ahahahaahahahahaahahahahaahahaha........*breath* ahahahahahaahahahahaha.


Seriously though, who the hell cares about topsheets? The graphics on most skis suck anyway.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
I dont care about how it looks...

The reason for asking the question in the first place was to find out if having a big ding on the edge of a topsheet would affect the performance in any way.
I have an inch long and an inch wide gap on one of the skis through one day of normal use and not sure why it happened.
The material has just come off and I can see the inside of my ski.
post #14 of 21
It probably wouldn't affect performance, but should be a warranty issue. If the topsheet is peeling that much, you might have larger issues.
post #15 of 21
well that's different, and not a "scratch", but rather more a delamination. Definitely warranty.
post #16 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by owu23
Gonsostrike,

I just want to put an end to this discussion but just one thing. How do you expect ppl to learn more if they cannot ask questions. I might not be an expert skier but this website and the forums have helped me tremendously with all facets of skiing and I love the sport.

If you dont encourage some beginners and intermediates to ask questions on this forum, you might just want to let the Site administrator know and kick everyone else out!
You tell him! Don't pay too much mind to gonzo, that's just his way. lots of us here are happy to help.
post #17 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by owu23
I dont care about how it looks...

The reason for asking the question in the first place was to find out if having a big ding on the edge of a topsheet would affect the performance in any way.
I have an inch long and an inch wide gap on one of the skis through one day of normal use and not sure why it happened.
The material has just come off and I can see the inside of my ski.
Sounds like warrantee to me! Take 'em back to where you bought them...
post #18 of 21
Generally speaking- There are some people out in the world that, regardless of their level of ability or the cost of their things take pride in their equipment and posessions look and like to keep it looking "sharp". I think this is particularly true when you get something NEW (particularly if this is the first time you've ever had that item new - usually get 2nd hand), and especially true if you are young and are working your first job to pay for it.

I know I was like this with my first BRAND NEW CAR. I washed and vaccuumed it 2 times a week and wiped it with a shammy daily. When it got hit, four months after I bought it, while parked in a "secure" parking lot, I actually cried. It was driveable, but I couldn't wait to have the dent removed from it.(It was a "Chevy Spectrum", but I was just out of college and working my first job and I was 'proud' of it.) After it got hit my obsessiveness went away. You should see my car now, hehehe(no dents, but it needs a wash and a vac). My first new skis were similar.

I am not sure that this is a "first time new" situation or not, but I don't feel that this person should be put down because they asked this question. No matter how "stupid" you think this question is, it is obviously an important issue to the person who asked. You don't know this person's motivation for asking. Maybe he/she was trying to find out if this is atypical behavior and something that may lead to problems with the ski. Not everyone is an expert and not everyone knows everything about every ski out there. Give this poster a break!

To the poster: I had a pair of Blizzards do that one time, there was a problem with the finish that they used on them...Blizzard gave me a new pair and it did not do this.

Note: I missed the original poster's post where he/she gave more info.
post #19 of 21
That size damage could easily be pilot error. A stance you might think is wide could still be quite narrow. Even a bump can deflect the ski enough to cross and slice a bit off the top. I'd make certain that the damage was not an accidental chop before sending the skis back for someone to tell you it was, and then be without skis for a few weeks.
post #20 of 21

I own new C-9's and here's my experience ...

Hello Owu23,
I'm a crap skier and if anyone's going to have gouged-up topsheets on their C-9's, it's me. I skied hard for three days on new C-9's recently and honestly didn't see any unusual wear on the top sheets, despite the fact that my technique is mediocre at best. The dark blue color accentuates scratches, to be sure. Also, the 3-dimensionality and high profile created by the huge "Beta Puls" rods certainly make topsheet scratches more possible, it seems to me.
post #21 of 21

...

It seems to me that for some reason I always beat my skis up much faster than everyone else- I am an aggresive skier, but there's no reason my brand new Public Enemies should have large chunk of sidewall taken out of the tip and a good chunk of topsheet/sidewall missing behind the binding after just 8 days of use. I use ski straps whenever im not skiing on them and haven't taken them off piste- I see now reaon why they should be in such poor shape when I see ski patrollers who ski just as much as i do (50+ days/year) with 5-6 year old skis that look new or slightly used.
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