Originally Posted by Noodler
A-man - so what is it about a ceramic disk finish (and the pattern it leaves) that makes it better than a mirror smooth Moonflex finish? Is this similar to the situation where a structured base is faster than a non-structured base?
It don' t think it is a smoother or shiny is faster issue, i think it has to do with increased edge grip on hard & icy snow. wintersteiger & montana both claimit stays sharper longer & provides easier turning and more edge grip. Some of that may be marketing.
I do think all the skis that I have owned with ceramic disc finish, all of Atomics including the WC models have a softer feel when skiing but more edge grip then hand tunes.
But ince i don't have my own Ceramic disc grinder and can get anyone to tune my skis worth a damn, i do them by hand!
Go look at a new Atomic or Volkl edge you'll see the ceramic disc pattern on the edge clear as day! I am sure other manufacturers use it also!