Originally Posted by Alpinord
I ran this by RacerRick (former Canadian downhiller and tool designer/mfgr):
I'm more inclined (no pun intended) towards the 2 degree as I prefer softer snow and if things get a little firmer or icy (aka eastern hardpack
), I don't mind a little slippage enough to change the angle or simply increase angulation and work a little harder by adding more pressure on AT/alpine skis, but probably need the extra angle for tele skis. Regardless, if it gets bulletproof, I'll opt to go find my own freshies or softer snow elsewhere.
you are describing the difference that base edge bevel would make not side edge bevel.
A 3 degree side edge bevel works absolutely handsomely in soft snow. It is the base edge bevel that determines how much you must get your skis up on edge to engage not the side edge bevel.
If i gave you a ski with a 1/2 & a 1/3 to ski in soft snow, I truly believe you would not be able to tell the difference. Although on hard snow you immediately find a greater degree of edge grip, but would need no more angulation or inclination to engage the edge.
If we did the same experiment and gave you a .5 vs. a 1 degree base bevel , there would be a profound difference in the skis characteristics.
I have experimented extensively with both base & side edge bevels. Using a .5,.7 and 1 degree and a 2, 3 and yes, 4 degree side edge bevel.
As you know our snow her in the PNW would be considered soft compared to the East, but also often has a very high water content.
there is absolutely no downside to 3 degree side edge bevel in any snow condition and side edge bevel has little or no effect on the amount of inclination or angulation or edge angle needed to make your skis perform.
There was also an expeiment done on different base bevel angles reported here:http://www.holmenkol.us/myadmin/data...0Bevel%202.pdf
Atomic recommends a 1/3 on all thier skis from the SL12 to the Sugar Daddy and everything in between including their speed skis (DH & SG) Metrons you name it and all are set (at least they try to) at the factory to 1/3.