I have a question for Atomicman especially.
Would you recommend a 3 degree edge bevel on powder skis (waist 100+ to 132, say), and does Atomic put 3 degree bevels on its fatter skis, such as the Automatic, Bent Chetlier, Blog and Ritual?
I own a pair of Rituals, my favorite ski so far, and it didn't seem to have a 3 degree bevel initially, when I got it new. Would there be any downside to putting a 3 degree bevel on such a ski, whatever the brand?
I'd also like to add, that in the short time I've been following Epic (c. 2 yrs.), I've found Atomicman's posts, including about tuning, and base and edge bevels, to be dependable and game changing for me.
In my limited experience, most any edge-carving skier can probably tell the difference between 1, 2 and 3 degree edge bevels on many if not most skis: "good, better, best" would about summarize it for me, IMHO.
To experiment, at first I used a few rock skis to try out all three bevels, one after another.
If I can tell the difference so dramatically, most carvers can.
As an example, the 2 degree edge bevel Kastle puts on their skis, and that at first I've kept (on LX 92s), creates a noticeably better edge control than one degree edges. I would characterize it as "smooth," having used such a bevel on 3-4 different skis now. All gained grip and "smoothness" over a 1 degree bevel. An old Volkl with a 2 degree bevel gained something of the "smoothness" of a Kastle.
Another example: Atomic Crimson Ti's, when I got them, had a rough factory or even demo shop tune on them, maybe approximately 3 degrees edge bevel (?). Once I'd put a true 3 degree bevel on that ski (albeit, a ski probably designed with that bevel in mind), no detuning tip or tail, the fun and dependability of that edge hold was noticeably better, in the case of an already great ski. And at least for me, there was no loss of "forgiveness" to the ski, at any speed.
While I haven't yet tried the three degree bevel on a fat or powder ski (not enough nerve yet, maybe), the three degree edge bevel to me has noticeable improvement in edge hold and grip, just a joy to ski on, with skis 98mm waist and smaller, on groomers and in bumps especially. But also in any chopped up conditions where carving on edge comes into play, on either hard or packed snow.