Originally Posted by Finndog
2/1 is really fine for the vast majority of skiing. Unless you are on really, really hard snow, then you could go 2/.5, I think the 3/1 is a bit overkill unless you are racing for real and the edges will wear quickly. Keep in mind going ot .5 will requre a base grind
You always quote base bevel/side bevel. You meant a 1/2! It is just like construction is always quoted WXH.
And you are confused. A .5 would not make the ski hold any better on hard snow. that is determined by side edge angle. Base edge bevel determines how quickly/abruptly the ski gets to the edge.
A. 5 is very demanding, makes the ski more difficult to slide and exacerbates any lateral alignmnt issues one may have.
A 1/3 would be the ticket for top notch edge grip and smooth predictable transitions wiothout having to over inclinate/angulate to get the edge and has no negative effects in soft snow. so you get all the grip with no downside.
I have experimented with .5,.7 1 base bevel and 1,2 3 and 4 degree side edges.
For most folks on most skis a 1/3 is the ideal set-up!!!!!! And for about the 100th time a 3 does not wear any faster then a 2. That is folklore!
It is not that the edge is any sharper, the angle is just more acute!
You just must be sure that you do a true 1 degree base bevel. many home tuners end up over beveling hteir bases. With base bevel if a little is good more is not better.