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Difference between Right and Left ski

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I bought a pair of 06-07 seths and had them mounted and tuned a couple weeks ago. I just realized that the sticker that they put on my ski that says "Right Ski" is actually on the left ski. Now the graphics don't line up since the skis are on the opposite feet that they were meant to be on. Would it be alright to wear the ski that says "Right Ski" on the left? Is there really any safety issue in doing this? What would they have done different on the "Right ski" compared to the left when mounting and adjusting binding settings?
post #2 of 17
There is no difference between the right and left ski. They come out of the press as clones. Go ahead and swap them back and fourth at will. The only right and left that you need to worry about is your boots. The shop should have figured this out when mounting them.
Cheers!
post #3 of 17
Switch them up after a couple days of skiing if you cannot get the edges touched up and they need it. It's almost like a new set of boards!!

No difference otherwise as mentioned.
post #4 of 17
shops put those sticker on there for 2 reasons.

first not really important one.

sometime left and right boots release differently.

2nd more important.

they would get the left right ski question a million times a day
post #5 of 17
Assuming that you are not one of the idiots who walk from the car in your boots and (don't) have significant wear on one boot versus the other, it's probably academic.

Some lawyer probably advised on this a long time ago .... there could be a slight difference in the DIN as set, boot to boot.

Lots of race kids will, if they don't have a dedicated pair of skis for the actual race, sharpen the night before and then do warm ups and course inspection on one set of edges and then just swap right/left for the race.

But at least with the stickers you can tell which was the "right" right foot, without the stickers I used to rely on the different knicks and chunks out of the ski because I'd like to change on Sunday after teaching and skiing on a set of edges Saturday. And I could never quite remember.

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post #6 of 17
Years and years ago, before boot & binding makers established their industry-wide DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) standard, there was the possibility that the boot sole on the left and right boots were different due to manufacturing tolerances (just sloppy manufacturing). The bindings were set for each individual boot, and the Left and Right designations were important.

These days, Left & Right only matter for ski graphics or if one edge is torn up--put that on an outside.
post #7 of 17
There are however reasons why at times, not in your case however.

For me I have canting strips on my bindings, as my bootfitter doesn't do boot planing, so I need to put the skis on the correct feet.

Also as a hand tuner, even before the canting strips, I liked to keep track of inside edges vs. outside edges. The inside edges usually get more wear. I can look at the edges and learn something about how I skied that day.

Racers often ski with the skis on one way for training and then switch for the race, thus keeping the inside edges from excess wear.

All in all there are reasons to know which edge is which on a wear basis, but for most people it isn't an issue.
post #8 of 17
The real reason is that the right ski is built to turn right and the left ski is built to turn left. Mixing the skis up will cause the tips to cross, which can lead to severe injury or even death.
post #9 of 17
after a skiing in teh am I routinely alternate them in the afternoon
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help
post #11 of 17
Just for the record:

There were some older Elan parabolics out there and the side cut of the skis is not symetrical.

There is indeed a true right and left ski!

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post #12 of 17
FWIW, Kastle also made asymmetries in the late '70s.....funky.

Using a grease pencil to mark skis is useful to keep track of wax used and right versus left for switching edges to keep them wearing evenly.
post #13 of 17
Now this post really has my brain on fire ....

Think about all of the wasted time and money over the years.

All of those shop gnomes putting on Right and Left stickers!

All they needed was one ... a Right or a Left .. if you have one .. jus' what could the other possibly be? :

Millions .... down the drain ...
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Now this post really has my brain on fire ....

Think about all of the wasted time and money over the years.

All of those shop gnomes putting on Right and Left stickers!

All they needed was one ... a Right or a Left .. if you have one .. jus' what could the other possibly be? :

Millions .... down the drain ...
Conservatives place right stickers on all of their skis while liberals place left stickers on all of their skis. With the country being split in half, the stickers are being put to good use.
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Just for the record:

There were some older Elan parabolics out there and the side cut of the skis is not symetrical.

There is indeed a true right and left ski!

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No, there haven't been true right and left skis made in decades. There are some skis like Scottybob or a Black Diamond tele model that are asymetric though. 99.999% of skis are clones regarding left and right.
post #16 of 17
Still the best answer to that is:

Originally Posted by kiwiski
I definitely think you should keep the ski on your left foot to the left of the ski on your right foot. I tried it the other way round once when I was a kid but I kept falling over.


Cheers,
cfr
post #17 of 17

Same as socks...



Just ahead of your bindings. Mark your skis with a sharpie - R or T (race or train) on each side. This will tell you waht edge is "fresh."

The stickers are meaningless.
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