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Should a left and right ski be maintained?

post #1 of 6
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I never really thought of this until a week ago when I happened to notice that the graphics on my ski had a left and right side and began to wonder if that means one ski should always be left and the other right.  So, is there any reason to make one ski the right and the other the left or does it not matter at all?

post #2 of 6

No, use them on either foot.

 

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Mike

post #3 of 6
I've always preferred to consistently use the same ski on left and right. My current skis have identical graphics but I put on two different small stickers to distinguish and personalize them.
post #4 of 6

Many years ago boot makers did not have standards that required left & right boots to be exactly the same sole length.  Bindings were adjusted to fit one boot or the other and labeled.  Modern boots will have the same sole length for your left & right so you can put the skis on either foot.

 

A few people have different edge angles on their skis for sharper inside edges.  They need labels.  A few people have edge damage and don't want that on the inside.  A few people want to keep track of wearing their sharp edges evenly before the next resharpening, and they need labels.  Otherwise, put either ski on either foot.

post #5 of 6

A damaged edge should always go to an outside edge.

Some adjust thier binding according to leg strength & have one leg stronger then the other ie., one leg might be able to twist out of a binding @ 5.2 & the other leg @ 5.4 under its own strength. What some skiers will do is turn the toe piece up a quarter turn & the heal up a half a turn. Of course it is your responsibility to figure out what is the safest way to adjust your own bindings.

post #6 of 6

Modern skis are symmetrical, and modern boots are too (unless you have some weird boot setup), so in that sense either ski can go on either foot.  (I get this question a lot, since our rental skis are labelled.  You are not alone in your confusion.)

 

Reasons you might want to have a specific left and right ski:

 

  1. If you have asymmetric bindings like the KneeBinding.  These are designed to work best in one release direction, and should be worn in that way.
  2. If you want to ensure even wear on your edges (switch skis every day).
  3. Racers sometimes will use one set of edges just in the race course (so they stay sharper), and ski on the other ones the rest of the time.
  4. Damage to one of the edges (put the damaged edge to the outside).  I would just recommend not using skis with damaged edges.

 

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A few people have different edge angles on their skis for sharper inside edges.

I've never heard of setting up asymmetric tunes, but I guess someone has tried it...

 

The reason this matters is that when you're skiing, you generally put more weight on the inside edge of the outside foot in a turn.  So the left side of your right ski and the right side of your left ski will get more wear.

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