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Slanted sidewall vs. vertical sidewall, Does it matter?

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 I would like to know the difference between the two.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 7
I  think for most cases, the performance difference is minimal (assuming everything else is the same).
post #3 of 7
 Vertical sidewalls are grippier than slanted or "cap" skis. But will give you a smoother transtion from turn to turn. 

edit/  Sorry. I should of said "But Cap skis will give you a smoother transition from turn to turn."
Edited by Guru - 12/8/09 at 12:13pm
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Is that to say that a vertical sidewall ski has better support from deflecting than a cap or slanted sidewall ski?

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Yes. Theres a quicker transfer of energy to the edges which will give you more powerful and precise turns. Not to "knock" cap or slanted sidewalls. Theres great skis out there for the high or ultra high performance skiers that are still a cap design. But a true race stock speed event ski is normally vertical laminate construction.  


Edited by Guru - 12/8/09 at 12:15pm
post #6 of 7
Cap =/= slanted sidewall. Cap skis don't have side walls. Its all one piece. Slanted sidewalls can be laminate (or torsion box, or whatever...) construction the same as vertical sidewall skis.
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Fair enough. Technically speaking it is all one piece. But the area on the side of ski. Be it one piece or laminate is still considered the "sidewall". Yes the core can be the same but from my experience I haven't run into many slanted laminate skis. But I have seen some cap skis where they have a vertical shape.
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