Hi guys, I hope I'm not re-creating the wheel here, but I was hoping to get some feedback on this. I've been thinking about a good way to test how stiff any particular ski is, especially with the thought of shopping for skis and comparing with those I'm already familiar with. You can go to a shop and flex their skis, but it's pretty subjective. So I decided to see how far one of my skis flexes when I stand on it. I set up two 60mm high supports (actually encyclopedias) one meter apart and put the ski on them with the boot centerline in the middle. Then I stood on the ski with all my 140lb weight while my son measured the deflection. The ski is a K2 Merlin V, 188cm long--too long for me, but they were free. It flexed 26mm from horizontal when standing on the center without a boot, and 25mm with the boot in the binding and my foot in the boot. Is anyone here interested in trying this test on their own skis and posting the result?
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2/23/07 at 11:30am