Old School vs New

DocGKR

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While visiting my Mom this weekend, we found my last pair of college GS racing skis from the early 1980’s that evidently had been hidden away in a corner of the garage for nearly 40 years—these old Kastle National Team GS skis are 210cm (88mm-68mm-78mm) with a turn radius of 52m as determined by the FIS ski radius calculator (http://member.fis-ski.com/skicalc.htm).

Since I am just getting back into racing after a multi-decade absence, I thought it might be fun to compare them with my newest GS skis—some Head Womens FIS 188cm/30m (101mm-65mm-82mm):

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Now if I could only find my old Kastle DH skis with the holes in the tips....
 

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I never understood the brake position on that binding. I think I was on a pair of Head Wahoo's around then....Or Head Racing SR's....

Fun times back then. I'll keep my new skis thank you...
 
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Yup--the modern 21st Century skis are definitely easier! While those Look brakes were a bit weird, I can't say they ever created a problem on this pair of skis. I fondly recall this pair GS skis as being smoothest at speed I had ever been on--better than my previous K2 810's; these Kastle's also did surprisingly well in some of the deepest in-bounds powder days I ever experienced while at both Squaw and Snow Bird.
 

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Yup--the modern 21st Century skis are definitely easier! While those Look brakes were a bit weird, I can't say they ever created a problem on this pair of skis. I fondly recall this pair GS skis as being smoothest at speed I had ever been on--better than my previous K2 810's; these Kastle's also did surprisingly well in some of the deepest in-bounds powder days I ever experienced while at both Squaw and Snow Bird.
Actually the toe activated forward facing brake did create problems. That's why they went to a heel activated rearward brake fairly quickly. Most poles back that had basket holes or a ring-surround based basket that skiers were accidentally getting hooked by the brake arms and creating accidents. They didn't think that one through before producing the forward facing brake prongs. ;)
 
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Fully agree--the forward facing brakes definitely created problems for lots of folks, but as noted, I just did not run into any of those issues on this specific pair of skis.
 
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