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Strange Volkl camber phenomena, or normal?

post #1 of 7
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Has anyone else noticed that when Volkl's start to get a lot of miles in them the camber actually seems to increase rather than go flat?

You'd think as the skis wear down from use they'd go flatter than when new, but I've noticed the opposite in several pairs of Volkls including my 6* and 724Pro.

Actually now that I think of it those two are actually the first Volkls that I've owned and not bent or broken before feeling like they were worn out ... maybe it's normal for Volkls that you ski into retirement?
post #2 of 7
I havent noticed, ut yet I have 6 pairs and all of them are new to me this year. Hopefully you arent the only one its happening to .
post #3 of 7
It's counter intuitive, but some skis actually do increase in camber when they "break in."
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
It's counter intuitive, but some skis actually do increase in camber when they "break in."
Perhaps layers are glued-up in 'flat tension' and as the bond breaks through time it reverts back to it's natural state/shape which is cambered ? Thats all I can think of.

All I know is they don't ski the same once it happens. Not horrible, but definitely not the same as a "new set of shoes".
post #5 of 7
Increase of camber definitely NOT normal with Volkls or any other ski I've been on. I've skied exclusively Volkl's (with the exception of some Atomic SX 11's) beginning with the P9's back in the early 90's and have had to retire each pair within 2 maybe three seasons years max due to camber loss in at least one of the skis...most recently the Allstars and P40's. Ironically the only Volkl that retained all it's camber was the P9...had to retire it cause it had no base left after being tuned so often..
No knock on Volkl as I ski hard and fairly often so they don't owe me anything when they go flat
post #6 of 7
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Yeah - I'm a long time Volkl fan too. Been on 'em going back to when the Explosive was their WC race ski in the 80's (remember Renntigers?). And I too have been on them exclusively going back to whenever the G3's came out.

I've never had this happen with any of the race skis (traditional sandwich construction: GS, SL, Explosiv, Gotama, etc) - they go flat & dead, or bend before their time (my fault - not theirs).

The only other explanation I can think of is that perhaps the non-race skis start out with more camber than race skis and I just never noticed ...

But I don't think so ... they fit into my bench differently, and even the brakes are now a PITA to try to keep together. They both ski poorly enough that I will retire them regardless.

Anyone have a 6* handy to measure the camber ski to ski? Mine measure in at ~7/8" gap.
post #7 of 7
I would say that big of a gap is not normal. I've been on Volkl's since 98. Just checked my G31's no bindings, they have about 9/16". There pretty sharp too.

My AC4's like my AX3's have around 120 day's on them and I'd say they have 1/2-9/16". There in VT so I can't check them now.
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