Keep skiis on same feet or change them?

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  1. musicmatters

    musicmatters At the base lodge Skier

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    What’s the general consensus on keeping skiis on the same feet or rotating the as the left and right ski?

    Do they wear more evenly if you swap them? Or is it better to keep them dedicated left and right?

    My topsheets on my enforcer 93 are not the same, no mentally I like to keep the “N” on the left, (for whatever reason) but I am wondering about the actual physical effects of this
     
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  2. Dwight

    Dwight Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid Admin Moderator

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    hmm, I just put the skis on the ground were they lay and stomp in and ski.
     
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  3. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    You can swap when you want a sharper edge. Rsce kids with only one pair do it all the time. It would probably be good for you yo switch occasionally.

    Otherwise, we ususlly get damage to one edge at some point. So it's good to know wher it is to pit it on little toe side.
     
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  4. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I try to make sure that I switch skis from left to right on a regular basis, since I have a stronger turn to one side.
    When I had symmetric graphics on a pair of skis, I tended to like to keep the graphics symmetrical so they wore unevenly, which is when I started to be conscious about switching them up.
     
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  5. pchewn

    pchewn Out on the slopes Skier

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    I leave my skis on the same feet, but periodically swap my left leg for my right (painful) :)
     


  6. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    I swap back and forth even if it messes up the graphics. I like graphics that don't care.
     
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  7. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    :crash:
     
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  8. Wilhelmson

    Wilhelmson Out on the slopes Skier

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    I don't pay attention so odds are that they get switched around. There's still a chance that they end up on the same foot each time.

    If skis are regularly tuned is there still a benefit to changing feet?
     
  9. Uncle-A

    Uncle-A In the words of Paul Simon "You can call me Al" Skier

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    I switch skis because I want to use them evenly. Keeping them on the same foot is a throw back to old equipment, with today's equipment you don't need to do it.
     
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  10. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    Frontwards or backwards?
     
  11. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    Same feet; otherwise how would I remember where they go?
    Two main reasons: 1 believe there is some variance to all equipment. 2 don't want them to last forever (want new skis).
     
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  12. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Most of our skis have demo bindings and get put on many different feet.
     
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  13. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator Pugski Ski Tester

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    Brilliant!
     
  14. Doug Briggs

    Doug Briggs Skiing the powder Industry Insider Pugski Ski Tester

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    As a tuner, I'll say that if you don't switch your skis left and right there can be noticeable uneven wear. Coaches are the worst but switching skis won't help them as they will typically slip courses on either their right or left edges. Switching skis won't matter for them. The harder the snow, the more your base edges and bases wear out.

    Regular tuning and (less regular, but as needed by using a true bar for reference) base grinds will improve your skiing experience. You don't notice the base edges increasing from 1 to 2 degrees or the bases becoming convex overnight, but you will notice them being they way you remembered them when they were nearly new after you get a tune.

    I don't swap my skis all the time, but I also ski 3D snow a lot which wears the skis a lot less than hard pack, man-made and ice. I also like having the knowledge that when need be, I can swap for a 'better' (read: less damaged) edge when I need them. This hasn't been the season for that, though. ;)
     
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  15. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    Switch them out, but it's remembering what ski was right or left. Now they have different stickers. So Pug goes in the morning on the left and Ski Diva goes left after lunch.

    Maybe I should try just Pug on even days and Diva on odd days....
     
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  16. Paul Lutes

    Paul Lutes Getting off the lift Skier

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    One day after a fresh tune I can blindfold myself and easily tell which ski was on which foot by running a finger down the edges. I bang my skis/boots/bindings against each other a lot so inside edge wear is prodigious, and boots and bindings look significantly older than they are. So yes, I absolutely switch, but with no rhyme or reason because ...... geezer.
     
  17. Tominator

    Tominator Totally in the present Skier

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    I always switch after lunch based on my belief that the edges will wear more evenly that way. But then, I've got a touch of OCD!
     
  18. Marker

    Marker XLTL Skier

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    A lot of Elan skis use the Amphibio design that requires dedicated left/right skis. Inside edge is full camber and the outside edge is rockered in the tip and tail. I can tell the difference in wear of my Amphibio 88 XTi when I tune them after a week long ski trip. When I tried switching them anyway, I found them a little too twitchy for my tastes.
     
  19. crgildart

    crgildart Gravity Slave Skier

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    I used to pay attention and try to ski a week on one set of insides then week 2 on the other sides, tune, rinse and repeat. Now that I have more skis tin my quiver han ski days per season and try to rotate skiing different choices it's a pretty moot point.
     
  20. crgildart

    crgildart Gravity Slave Skier

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    Sounds like this belongs in the convex/concave base tuning discussion.How do you set base angles when one side is twisted a different direction than the other?
     
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