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Skis has right side, left side?

post #1 of 13
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My skies look completely identical. Logos are facing the same way. How do I know which side i'm suppose to snap it on?
post #2 of 13
It doesn't matter.

Although, I have a mark on one ski, and in the morning it will be on my left leg, and in the afternoon, on my right. That gives me more even edge wear.
post #3 of 13
most shops will put a sticker on one of the skis to designate it as the "left" ski.

additionally, many of the newer park oriented skis come with top sheet graphics that make a picture when the left and right ski are put together.

For example, my Karma skis have a red sun logo on the tails.
there is a definite "left" and "right" ski based on how the logo lines up.

Armada skis tend to have painted graphics that will line up when you put the "proper" left and right ski on the proper feet.

of course you can always go against the grain.

i personally, always stick a decal of some sort on my "left" ski, usually under the boot where it won't peel off.

that said, what WTFH is proposing is not unlike having your tires rotated on your car.
post #4 of 13
I mark mine R and L with a sharpie , then I also alternate them at noon for more eeven edge wear.
post #5 of 13
I put them on the snow, and the one on my left goes on the left foot and the one on the right goes on my right foot.

The next day (or after lunch, or the occasional garage sale) I do the same thing. Random. I dislike skis that force to to put them on a certain way. I like admiring other people’s ones on the lift though...
post #6 of 13
There is no such thing as a left or right ski unless you have an asymmetric sidecut ski (Scotty Bobs and some G3s)

You can have left or right bindings withh and assymetric binding mount (assymetric angles/lift/position) or assymetric binding adjustment (due to injury or assymetric bootwear/boot alterations)

I have two pairs of skis where I treat them as there being a left and right ski so as to keep severe edge damage on the outside edge.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mithras View Post
I put them on the snow, and the one on my left goes on the left foot and the one on the right goes on my right foot. ...
exactly what I tell my beginning students
post #8 of 13
I agree with Summit. Whatever edge is beat up the most goes to the outside.
post #9 of 13
I remember old slalom skis ( i dont know if that is still the case) had tips that when skiing on a course would help by not catching a tip on the gates , so a left and a right ski were of purpose . Other than that ...i try to fall at least 10 times each day ......
post #10 of 13
Shops that electronically test bindings mark skis left and right because combinations of boot wear and spring variations can result in two different bindings settings.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Resurrection View Post
I remember old slalom skis ( i dont know if that is still the case) had tips that when skiing on a course would help by not catching a tip on the gates , so a left and a right ski were of purpose
good point... but slalom tip deflectorsa are interchangable plastic components (with some work) in most cases... the skis themselves are symmetric. I think a lot of slalom skis still have these but I am no racer.

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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
Shops that electronically test bindings mark skis left and right because combinations of boot wear and spring variations can result in two different bindings settings.
i think i already mentioned

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Originally Posted by Summit View Post
You can have left or right bindings with and assymetric binding mount (assymetric angles/lift/position) or assymetric binding adjustment (due to injury or assymetric bootwear/boot alterations)
post #12 of 13
Yes, you can still have skis with slalom deflectors, altough in the past years, it was more a way to cheat a shorter men ski into appearing longer (and sometimes being marked longer) than anything else. Straddling can be a little easier on the body when you have these, but I've yet to see anyone recover from hooking a gate from using these: sheer luck dictates if you will go around or smakc the ole chestnuts on the gate

They also look goofy as hell. I like the look of a smooth, round ski tip.
post #13 of 13

Left and Right Ski's

Lets go back in time a little - like 10-12 years. Most racers basically turned on one ski. With long ski's you also skied bad ruts on one ski in a race course. If you were loaded 95% on the outside ski then when the tail or tip of the inside ski hit the side of the rut it was not bag deal if there wan't any weight/pressure on theat ski. Ditto on outside ski period when racing especially.

SO. I had a right ski that had a very sharp inside edge and the outside edge of the right ski would be detuned tip and tail and not as sharp on the edge as the inside edge. Ditto (reversed) on the left ski.

SO, back in those days I definitely had a R and L ski and they were marked L and R, usually with indelible black ink pen/magic marker.

Today I don't race and ski more on two ski's with cut skis and use the ski's interchangeable L and R. You know though I still out of habit hesitate before clicking in and think L and R. Some habits are hard to break.

Just a little history from an old guy.
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