Originally Posted by Mutorq
I just bought a pair of Fischer watea 94's w/ Marker Duke's. This is my first mid-fat freeride ski. I've skied them once and they've brought some pretty damn big grins to my face already but I have by no means adjusted to skiing wider skis (the last ski I was on was Rossignol Z9) The have such an amazing buttery, smooth, light feel. I'm definitely not used to bouncing around so much on bumps and they catch air sooo much easier. Anyway I'd like to have these for some time so I have a bunch of upkeep questions:
I was shocked to see that I've scraped and gouged the bindings something fierce after my first day with them. I've never skied anything before these wider at the waist then say 75mm so it's probably that I'm not used to how they'll smack into each other so much easier than what I was skiing (Rossi Z9). I don't see any edge damage (maybe a little but I did have a small brush with a rock [really chapped my hide]) but I can't imagine this should be happening. I gouged my boots a lot even with my old, much narrower skis so it also has to do with my technique..hopefully I'm not really doing anything too wrong.
I'm seeing now that a lot of people like to put one or several coats of wax on after every day and before the first day on a new pair of skis to protect and nurture the base material. I didn't know that and skied them with just the factory tune--but it was a powder day. I don't have ANY tuning equipment but I want to eventually be able to do most of the maintenance myself. Until then, how often should I at least take them to a shop to get tuned?
What about the bevel on these?
Should I alternate between skiing each ski left and right?
As far as the mount point the bindings are at sole center. (These are the smaller of the two Dukes, for sole lengths of 265-320 whereas the large ones are for 305-370. My sole is 311 and I'm 5'8", 180lbs.) Is this where I want to be?
My brakes contact my edges when they are deployed so that they end up a little more in a wedge than straight down. Are these possibly 90mm not 110mm? I don't want to sacrifice brake performance but also they don't stay together worth shit.
Thank you very much
Below is just my experience - many different styles and beliefs I'm sure.
Knocking/Scraping - happens to me all the time still and it takes a few days to adjust to the width etc. and then you'll have even bigger grins. Just ski
Tuning etc. - I wax maybe every 5-10 days, and I know it's supposed to be more, but I usually ski in softer snow so it doesn't scrape of as fast as harder - icy snow, and I'm lazy. Take few burrs nicks etc. off edges myself with diamond stone now and then and also hot wax myself, and probably get a tune every year depending on condition of edges/base. I do try leaving a good coat of wax on through the off season and release tension of the binding springs -some people don't but, just makes me feel better that they'll last longer and work properly. Ski about 15-25 days per year. Mine are factory bevel
and I'll try to keep them there next major tune.
Bindings - good to go small on Dukes if you can I think - similar to Fritchis. I'm set on the line with Looks on 186cm with BSL 317mm and seems perfect for me.
My brakes do the same thing fan out a bit when down and squeezed back up a bit when up position - no problem as long as they work.
After you get over the initial worries and just ski again with a big grin I might add, then you'll worry about your favorite tools getting swiped