Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
It's pretty funny actually...the Hourglass was designed with a VERY radical sidecut (much like todays skis) to help beginning skiers turn...The problem was it didn't.
See you couldn't really steer it...it just sort of ran along on it's edges and laid down sort of a railroad track shape...so they discontinued it.
For the record (I'm old...but not quite that old) I never did ski on a hickory ski..but have seen a few pairs....and I think riding like a 2X4 would be a pretty good comparison.
There was also a reverse sidecut ski made too...though I can't remember the name of it. Way weird looking. Wide under foot (maybe 75-80) and narrow at the tip and tail. I have no idea what the guy who designed that was "on". (So I guess we should look for it sometime in the future)
Have a good ride you guys.......UL
yep- i've skied hickories. actually, in the 80s, i got into trying every kind of antque ski i could, using the period skiiing form.
anybody thinks it sounds silly, you oughta try it.incredibly
instructive exercise, you WILL come away with an understanding of, and an appreciation for, period skiing styles.
and radial sidecuts have been around for awhile, but that doesn't make 'em 'shaped' or parabolic'