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Different tuning for Right ski and Left ski?

post #1 of 14
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I recently had my bindings mounted at my local ski shop and they put a "right ski" sticker on one of the skis.

My question is how important is this to follow? I assume they just tweak them a little differently due to the boots being shaped differently for right and left. I have last years k2 recons and the design on the ski doesnt match up because they put "right ski" on the actual left ski design wise.
post #2 of 14
this was probably done because they tested that skis binding with the right boot.
post #3 of 14
I wouldn't worry about it. It is a very rare ski that is not ambidextrous.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by JDoyal View Post
this was probably done because they tested that skis binding with the right boot.
We have a winner! The function test has a 'right' and 'left' ski, so the shop picks a right and left arbitrarily, the sticker means nothing.
post #5 of 14
I wouldn't worry about the sticker. You could even peel it off and put it on the other ski since the right and left boot soles don't vary significantly (IMO). It's good to keep track of right and left skis for tuning purposes. I generally ski a pair of freshly tuned skis until the inside edges begin to dull then swap right and left skis to have sharper inside edges again until they need tuning again.

Funny that they did them opposite. I'm guessing the tech had one too many "safety meetings' that day.
post #6 of 14
98% of skis are not built with asymmetric shapes. Some like G3 and ScottyBob do have a true left and right, but those are mostly telemark specific. Those stickers are merely for use when documenting corrections made to binding settings or keeping track of your inside edges.
post #7 of 14

Different tunes

I do mark my skis as left and right but for a different reason. I noticed my race coach always switched skis just before running a race. He said it was to preserve the inside edges. The inside edge of your outside ski does most of the work in a turn so it stands to reason that you want it sharp. By switching off when free skiing or getting to the course, you lessen wear on that surface and give yourself an "edge" on the competition.

I don't know how much of a difference it makes but I've always done it myself since that day.
post #8 of 14
As the others have said, just use it as a marker.
I tend to switch my skis over at lunch, based on a mark on one of the tips. So in the morning that ski is on one foot, and in the afternoon it's on the other.

In the old days, I remember a customer marked his skis right & left, along with have "detune points" on them. So we had to detune the tip on one side of one ski for 3" and the other side for 1", and vice versa on the other ski. (shame he was on carvers at the time - wasting the edges!)
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by patmoore View Post
I do mark my skis as left and right but for a different reason. I noticed my race coach always switched skis just before running a race. He said it was to preserve the inside edges. The inside edge of your outside ski does most of the work in a turn so it stands to reason that you want it sharp. By switching off when free skiing or getting to the course, you lessen wear on that surface and give yourself an "edge" on the competition.

I don't know how much of a difference it makes but I've always done it myself since that day.
That is actually pretty close to EXACTLY why I do it Pat. If I have been skiing for two or three days since a tune and got to the top of something that looked extra icy and nasty (or decided to take a NASTSR run on a whim) I switch skis to have nice razor sharp inside downhill ski edges. I think lots of folks do that, or should. Good call and great way to explain why
post #10 of 14
These days I need to mark my feet to know which is which....

It's definitely a good idea to keep track of right or left skis for a variety of reasons, including balancing edge and wax wear. For those struggling with edge geometry decisions, trying different bevel angles on inside edge pairs might be a good method for apples to apples comparisons. Keeping track of this is critical, obviously. Same for wax testing and different skis, etc. Grease pencils are useful for temporary markings. Stickers and Sharpies for permanent ones.
post #11 of 14
I rotate skis at lunch.
post #12 of 14
agree with marking the skis just to tell them apart so you can switch them every so often. i either switch at lunch or just day to day.

But what about skis with one graphic that goes across the pair to make 1 graphic? I guess just prepared to get a comment from somebody that you put your skis on backwards...
post #13 of 14
Some people can become a little too anal when it comes to edges
post #14 of 14
I never switch my skis after break-in (pre-tune). I don't tune the inside and outside edges the same. And my DIN on the right is slightly less than on the left.

Plus I got to have the graphics line up correctly
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