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Do you mark your skis "left" & "right"?

post #1 of 18
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My old Atomics were marked with a Left and Right sticker from the original shop that mounted the bindings. My new skis are being mounted today and the new shop doesn't mark L/R.

Should I mark them myself or is this not important these days?

Thanks,

Marc
post #2 of 18
Most shops will mark one ski or the other when they do the release check. My shop marks the right ski.

For skiing purposes, it makes no difference. I usually swap them each time out or at mid day to keep edge wear consistent. Yesterday after lunch, a lady on the lift advised me to be careful because I had my skis on the wrong feet. I assured her I'd be fine.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Yesterday after lunch, a lady on the lift advised me to be careful because I had my skis on the wrong feet.
How can they be the wrong feet?
They are the only feet you have!
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
How can they be the wrong feet?
They are the only feet you have!
Good point. She was probably confused by my 2 left feet.
post #5 of 18
I also mark my skis with my own sticker/s to designate one “left ski” and one “right ski” per day or ½ day to keep edge wear consistent. I know my brother has a pair of marker race bindings (not sure the year, 2000, maybe 01) with designated left and right bindings. Does anyone know if there are any bindings/manufacturers that still make designated left and right bindings or are they all universal now?
post #6 of 18
The bindings and skis themselves aren't foot specific per se. I'm not sure if someone has already touched on the reason in this thread, but it mostly has to do with boot wear. Most people have an irregular gait, i.e. their left foot and right foot may follow a slightly different path during your normal walk. A lot of this has to do with possible past injuries, such as ankle, knee, or hip injuries, and some has to do with slight anatomical differences that occur naturally (one leg longer than the other, scoliosis, etc, bowlegged, knock-kneed, etc).

Basically, due to these differences in your legs, one boot may eventually develop a different wear pattern in the lugs that interface with your bindings. Over the life of your boots, these differences may become pronounced enough to where it may affect the release of your bindings. Hence, when your bindings' release settings are checked by techs, they test your individual boot (left and right) to the corresponding binding.

Normally, these differences are minor and won't cause any problems. If you've got a genuine concern, mark each binding themselves with a permanent marker. With stickers losing their adhesive, especially considering that skiing is a sport that takes plance in damp conditions, marking the bindings themselves is probably the way to go.
post #7 of 18
The only time I mark my skis left and right is if a pair has some edge damage that I want to put on the outside.
post #8 of 18
I mark mine (sticker on right) so I can keep track of my edge wear. I'm noticing more wear on the bases right next to the edges as well. I think it probably has something to do with the additional force/friction that is generated with these modern skis.

Anyway, marking them allows me to keep track of what's where.

Jp
post #9 of 18
Yep i do the lunchtime switch 2
post #10 of 18
My last ski purchase the ski shop I purchased them from marked the right ski with a sticker.
post #11 of 18
I'd mark both of them each time you ski.

for example,

first time you put them on, use a Permanent Sharpie and mark them L and R.

next time you put them on, do likewise.

repeat until you can't read the ski's topskin graphic.

now you're set.
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post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rio
The only time I mark my skis left and right is if a pair has some edge damage that I want to put on the outside.

DITTO
post #14 of 18
I can tell them apart and I switch them each new day.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by gores95
My old Atomics were marked with a Left and Right sticker from the original shop that mounted the bindings.
They might have been asymmetrical sidecut models? They definitely had a left and right ski to the pair. I remember a guy experimenting with the switch, he said it turned the skis from 9.28 to 19.28.

My skiing partner's older Salomons all have plastic tip covers that point off-centre. When the tips are pointing outwards it looks... wrong

In the past I have subscribed to the theory that edge wear should be shared and therefore swap sides from day to day... now I'm not sure if that's sensible because skis nearly always die from other causes (impacts, loss of spring, loss of fashionableness) long before the edges burn through.
post #16 of 18
I mark mine "top" and "bottom". Where ever I drop them on the snow is which one goes on which foot.
post #17 of 18
I have a sticker on one, and switch the skis round at lunch (or if I find that I'm turning better in one direction than the other, I try switching too)
post #18 of 18
I switch the stickers from one ski to the other at lunch.
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