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Left ski, Right ski ?

post #1 of 21
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Had my new skiis fitted with new bindings and got home and noticed there is no left or right sticker on my skiis. I have been skiing for 39 yrs and gone through many boards and always had at least one ski with either an "L" or "R" on it. Should I be concerned? After all there was a left boot and a right boot when the tech did the mounting....
post #2 of 21
I wouldn't worry about it. None of my skis are left/right.
post #3 of 21
none of the skis i have are marked (with the exception of my race skis and i did that myself) not sure ive seen any skis that are marked from the factory. with the exception of the asymetrical tip on the older atomics
post #4 of 21

yes & no

Yes, in theory, there could be a variation in the DIN ski to ski because of wear on the boots. So, in theory, they will test and mark a right and left.

The labels do come in handy so you can alternate edges and can ski on a "fresh" edge the second day of skiing.
post #5 of 21
Just make sure you get the front/back thing correct.

Aside from what Yuki said, I've never used a right/left approach to skis.
post #6 of 21
Like Yuki said, but that's not very common. For most of us the skis don't care which foot there on. Skis don't have a brain so they have no idea what's going on.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Yes, in theory, there could be a variation in the DIN ski to ski because of wear on the boots. So, in theory, they will test and mark a right and left.

The labels do come in handy so you can alternate edges and can ski on a "fresh" edge the second day of skiing.
I'll second this opinion. Beer league racers will switch between runs. I alternate so the bottoms and edges wear evenly. You'll get a lot more longevity out of a pair of skis that way.:::::
post #8 of 21
While you are checking, make sure your socks are on the right feet.



With a sharpie, I mark my skis edges on the top sheet with an R (Race) on one side and T (Train) on the other. Ski around on the T and race on the R. Then I know my inside edge is preemo at race time.

My skis dont have a brain but they have SOUL!
post #9 of 21

same w/ the havocs

i was skiing down and a guy had them backwards from me. I don't think it matters though.
post #10 of 21
I once had a little kid come out of the rental shop for a lesson wearing two left boots!
post #11 of 21
I think it is very wrong to put labels on them if it is for the skis to get equally used.. Everybody has a side which they prefer to brake to, and a side for the first turn as well. This means that if you always put the same ski on left and right foot, they will not get equally used. However, if there is a random pick everytime you put on your skis, in theory, they will get equally used..
post #12 of 21
How do you guys use your pole straps??
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by mmth_lks_mike View Post
Had my new skiis fitted with new bindings and got home and noticed there is no left or right sticker on my skiis. I have been skiing for 39 yrs and gone through many boards and always had at least one ski with either an "L" or "R" on it. Should I be concerned? After all there was a left boot and a right boot when the tech did the mounting....
Take them back, they are broken ....
post #14 of 21
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How do you guys use your pole straps??
After seeing that video of the doctor talking about pole-strap induced skiing injuries, I don't use the pole straps.
post #15 of 21
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Thanks for all the laughs!

defy boundries
post #16 of 21
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While you are checking, make sure your socks are on the right feet.

R256 may be only partly joking.

Anatomical ski socks
post #17 of 21

Left - Right

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Originally Posted by mmth_lks_mike View Post
Had my new skiis fitted with new bindings and got home and noticed there is no left or right sticker on my skiis. I have been skiing for 39 yrs and gone through many boards and always had at least one ski with either an "L" or "R" on it. Should I be concerned? After all there was a left boot and a right boot when the tech did the mounting....
Some good ones here Mike. Sort of depends on how you ski Mammoth; left to right or right to left.

Seriously. A lot of skiers/racers marked their ski's R and L depending on how they tuned the ski. In the older days (straight skis) racers tuned their outside edge usually less sharp than their inside edge. Therefore they would mark ski's L and R so as to not end up on the duller edge on the inside. Some racers would even detune their tips and tails back further on the outside edge thus making the marking almost mandatory. The new ski's, style, techniques etc. almost eliminate this need. Example: catching an outside edge on a 207cm ski was sometimes a very tumbling experience.

Out of habit, probably not necessity I still mark my ski's L and R and make sure the inside edge is really tuned properly.

Good Skiing to you. We have 119 inches up here and it has been great. Have a great winter.
post #18 of 21
Last year Bode was said to have his right ski and left ski with different tune for one race because of the break in the hill down that particular course.

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post #19 of 21
i recently had tyrolia sl100 bindings adjusted on some ski swap elan xrc's i picked up. there was a .5 difference in din value according the spec sheet they gave me (6 & 6.5) and had stickered "L" on one of the skis.

i asked the sales person, not the tech, if this meant i should keep a dedicated L and R ski. he said yes. he said there was probably a difference in the mounting spacing of the bindings that caused this or the boot (very lightly used nordica grand prix s).

would this be enough reason to not switch them back and forth? not being a binding expert i don't know if .5 is a large or small adjustment.

thanks
post #20 of 21
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I once had a little kid come out of the rental shop for a lesson wearing two left boots!
maybe he had 2 left feet
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

skiing mammoth

Sort of depends on how you ski Mammoth; left to right or right to left.



best way to ski Mammoth is from left to right...follow the sun for the best snow:
he he he heh

tips UP!
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