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what are twin tips?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
what are twin tip skis and what is the diff between them and regular "all mountain" skis???? thank you
post #2 of 17
Skis with turned up tips on both ends of the ski are called twin tips. (they have reverse gear)
post #3 of 17
Not to be confused with Q-tips, since you should not put either tip in your ear...
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
LOL, i know they have turned up ends, why would you choose them over regular skis? for stunts or tricks or something?
post #5 of 17
They are primarily good for landing jumps backwards, rounded tails also wiggle through bumps better.

But, the most important feature of twin tips for most people that own them is....




They look WICKED cool
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by monkers View Post
LOL, i know they have turned up ends, why would you choose them over regular skis? for stunts or tricks or something?
For skiing backwards, which yes can mean "stunts and tricks" or it can mean backing up in the trees or instructing or just getting a different view.
Or maybe you just like a ski that happens to have two tips.
post #7 of 17
I like having a semi twin for positioning above a drop or chute.
post #8 of 17
They've been around a lot longer than you think.
I think these are probably from the 50's or 60's. They were first seen around 1938 and used for something akin to ballet skiing.
post #9 of 17
It is an appendage to help sell the skis and keep them from going on a gondola properly.
post #10 of 17
So Mr. HowcanIbepostingthissinceIamamaggottrollfromTGR,

1) They look cool like a snowboard so they tend to appeal to younger skiers. Also they tend to have ghetto motifs with guns and corpses, which may be appropriate given number three below.

2) If they are suitable for pipe and park, they tend to have a progressive flex pattern which allows the skier to land backward ariel manouvers (fishy tricks, flounder).

3) As others have noted, they beat the hell out of unidirectional skis for skiing "switch" (backwards). Why younger skiers would want to ski backwards fast beats the hell out of me, since they seem to have no problem hitting you when skiing forwards fast.

4) Really fat twin tips work much better for pond skimming championships. Some have taken this to the nth degree and produced twin tips that look like water skis. See eg. the K2 Pontoon, which will not carve a turn no matter how much you angulate.

5) Larger fatter twin tips with an aggressive turning radius have the advantage of skiing 10-15 cms shorter on the groomers than they do in powder. This means you get a ski that will turn reasonably quickly on groomed while still having big ski float on powder.
post #11 of 17
The real question: Can we get this stickied?
post #12 of 17
Best thing about twin tips for the Jong set? Impossible to carry your skis the "wrong" way.
post #13 of 17
monkers, since no one has given you an answer yet, here it is:


Twintips are for making roostertails.

BIG ones to spray anyone behind you with.

The twintips from better manufacturers should also include bottle openers.
post #14 of 17
Twin tips are skis that kick up snow from behind in your face if you follow them too closely. VERY TRUE.

More seriously though, twins are the fad right now (especially amongst teens). Like for all mountain skis over the last few years, they make a spectrum of twins for a variety of terrains and skiing styles. They are not just for the trick in the park anymore. In fact, you can run them through the gates (not optimally of course) if you pick the right twins.

I heard that some snowboarders are coming back to skiing because of vast offering. Don't know how true that is.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
Twin tips are skis that kick up snow from behind in your face if you follow them too closely. VERY TRUE.

More seriously though, twins are the fad right now (especially amongst teens). Like for all mountain skis over the last few years, they make a spectrum of twins for a variety of terrains and skiing styles. They are not just for the trick in the park anymore. In fact, you can run them through the gates (not optimally of course) if you pick the right twins.

I heard that some snowboarders are coming back to skiing because of vast offering. Don't know how true that is.
twins a 'fad" just like snowboarding was a 'fad' right?

when will twin tips go away? not in anyone on this site lifetime thats for sure.
post #16 of 17
^^^You're just ornery cuz you're not skiing. Me too.
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^^^You're just ornery cuz you're not skiing. Me too.
I skied 9 of the past 11 days. so not really

I wish my night powder pictures from the local bump came out .
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