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Ski "speed range" What does it mean?

post #1 of 6
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Have been looking at carving/ on piste ski descriptions. Many say that the speed range is high. I assume that this means that the ski is stable at high speeds. Does this also mean that the ski will ONLY perform at high speeds? If one wants a carving ski ie 90/10 and wants it to perform at all speed ranges ie slower, moderate and fast, is there a descripive that will let you know that this is the case? If not how does one know without demo?:
post #2 of 6
The descriptor would be that it is suitable for "all speeds", or "good at slow and fast speeds". Some reviews (eg. realskiers) even give you a numerical range of speeds for which the ski is considered to perform well at.
post #3 of 6
Seems like SL skis don't like +40mph. Just like GS skis don't turn on a dime.
post #4 of 6
My interpretation of speed range is a reccomended speed for skiing for that particular ski. The reasons for it could be bad turning performnace at low/high speeds, too stiff/unforgiving for low speeds, to flexible for high speeds (instable), etc.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the replies. So the basic question is "Many say that the speed range is high. I assume that this means that the ski is stable at high speeds. Does this also mean that the ski will ONLY perform at high speeds?" I have never seen a speed description say "suitable for all speeds", however, I must admit that I haven't looked at Realskiers for a long time. I have read personal descriptions of skis that say that they perform well at slower speeds even tho they are rated "high speed". Maybe it's all in the name of the ski, ie:: Nordica Mach3, must be a ski that wants to go fast!
post #6 of 6
Actually, according to reviews I've read the Mach 3 power speed range is "high" and it does not ski well below about 15. The ordinary mach 3 however does work well going slow, but isn't too stable at higher speeds (say over 30 mph).
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