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Mix and match

post #1 of 5
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In order to keep life interesting on our small hill, last night I skied about 6 or so runs on a mixed pair of ski's. I had a Fischer Big Stix 7.6 in 175 on one foot and a Head iM70 Monster in 170 on the other.

One interesting side note---no one commented, not lifties, not folks in the lift lines---nobody. One yellow, one mostly black so it was not to hard to see the differences.

Skied seperatly, there are very definatly differences in the way each ski's. Different side cut, different radius, differences in damping, rebound, edge hold, feeling of lightness/heaviness etc.

I expected to have a wild ride with these difference magnified in every turn. That was not the case---and I have no idea why. I would be hard pressed to distinguish between the two if their shapes and top sheets had been more closely matched.

Any ideas? Were they really that close a match??
post #2 of 5
No ideas, but I love that you actually did it. I've tried my old Atomic bindings with one all the eay forward and one all the way back. Couldn't tell which was which. I did try a toe lifter on one boot and not the other, but not for very long. My thoughts were something like this:

"Holy (BLEEP)"
"Ah that's better"
"Oh NO, don't hit..."
"JEEbus H Criiiii..."

Yeah, it took about six turns to know that was a bad idea.
post #3 of 5
I have a guess or two ...

- if you're mostly weighting on your downhill ski then that's the sidecut/turn radius you'd feel on each turn
- if you're skidding turns then the difference in ski shape would matter less
- if your downhill ski is retracted then the length issue wouldn't be noticable

I bet if you jumped into the bumps, you'd really feel the difference!

post #4 of 5
We did an exercise in a clinic with one Elan 130cm ski and one of our own skis. I received several comments in the lift line, to which I always replied "the rental department really sucks". That was usually good for a weird look then a laugh. It was not too hard to adapt and certainly helped one develop a feel for how skis worked. The weird thing was when we switched feet. 1/2 of us (myself included) just wigged out and could not get the skis to work after switching. After stopping and having the phenomena explained (not why, just that it does happen), the skis became skiable. Weird.
post #5 of 5

the picture as I see it ..

An old Saab 96 comes into the lot in a haze of blue smoke.

A guy and "a blonde" get out.

"The guy" has a yellow ski and a black ski ..... and a blonde.

And you had to ask why ..... why .. no one approached you??????

Ya killin me here !!!!
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