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What's the life of a good ski?

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Just curious, I've been on my for three seasons, edges intact, bases intact, in fact it's the first time I've made a ski last this long. Getting about 50 days a season, all conditions. The first season though was a full season with about 80 days.

What do you look for other than what I've mentioned above to make sure it is fine.

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Just curious, I've been on my for three seasons, edges intact, bases intact, in fact it's the first time I've made a ski last this long. Getting about 50 days a season, all conditions. The first season though was a full season with about 80 days.

What do you look for other than what I've mentioned above to make sure it is fine.


 

it really depends I have had skis lose life in as little as 70 days but have had someone be still skiable 100s of days later.
 

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you look at the camber and compare to the original amount. some people like a skied out camber, kind of like some of today's zero camber models, more compliant, less rebound, more slarvy. for a hard snow ski, skied out is not generally a good thing. for a powder ski, not much of a concern.

construction materials and construction quality are determining factors for durability.

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Most skis after about 100 days don't ski quite the same as when new. Edge hold would be the most noticeable drop off in performance due to materials wearing out and flex and torsional stiffness going soft. Volkl skis used to be more costly than other brands but were famous for longevity. Now that K2 owns Volkl I don't know about the longevity.

 

Foam core skis, especially with a heavy skier, wear out the quickest. Skis with a double torsion box core and metal layer are the strongest type of construction and usually last the longest.

 

My Volkl Snow Rangers with 300+ days on them still ski like new, but they are lots of work to ski them compared to today's modern powder/crud skis.

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