Originally Posted by RockSlide
Just curious, what will the extra carbon under foot do, make the ski stiffer?
I am 6'5" and weigh about 220 in the winter, before I but on my size 12.5 boots and other gear. I had read in a post on TGR about how ON3P had built a pair of skis for a 290 lb guy and put in an entire layer of extra carbon to stiffen them. When I talked to the guys at the factory about the Viciks I asked about the need to beef them up for my wieght. Scott told me that the Viciks are a bit softer than the Wrens, but would still work fine for me. After discussing it a little more I decided to add a little carbon just underfoot. It will not change the overall flex pattern of the ski (even tip and tail "big smile"), but just make them hold better on the hardpack for my weight by beefing up the camber just a little. It is my understanding that they have done this on several (if not all) of their models for a few skiers by request.
If I were just using the Viciks as powder skis I would have left them stock, but I was looking at them as more of an everyday (or at least most days) western driver, so I wanted to make sure they will rail on hard snow for a big guy. I have M:EXs as a hard snow and bump ski, but I have a feeling the Viciks are going to be taking their place more and more as the season progresses.
According to Scott the extra carbon will make them just barely noticably stiffer than the stock Viciks, and not change the overall flex at all. I obsessed a lot over the decision and went back and forth about whether or not to change them. My decision was made when Scott said," Don't worry, we will dial them in just right for you." Custom skis for the pre-sale (paid in July, getting the skis in December) price of $549. I find that unbelievable, and everything I have read about ON3P raves about the quality and burliness of the construction. Even the regular price of $699 that you can buy them for now seems pretty amazing considering what the marginal quality stuff made in China costs.