Originally Posted by comprex
E) Depends on the sidecut.
Under 20m sidecut - 10 or 12 cm increments (so a size break would be 143-155 - 167-179).
Over 20m sidecut - 8 cm increments (176, 184, 192)
Originally Posted by krp8128
comprex, could you elaborate on the thoughts behind this?
No problem, it's fairly simple:
First, the smaller the published radius, the greater the maximal edging angles *possible* (let's call it MEAP) and the greater the maximal edging angles *comfortably achieved* (MEACA) by the likes of intermediates and stuff.
Greater MEAP and MEACA at any given speed = greater variation in turn shape possible at that speed by variation in edge angle. So you need less variation in ski *length* to achieve a similar spread of possible turn shapes.
Second, at the shorter lengths (which is what your short published radius skis will be) you will need finer-grained control of flex to give the skier optimal or desired front to back balance and edge engagement behavior. So fewer lengths on offer means far fewer flex +length+sidecut profile combinations to test/model/compute/make sure are viable.
Edited by comprex - 6/23/2009 at 07:39 pm GMT