TECHNOLOGY

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Here’s a ringer for ya. My company, RENOUN, actually prides itself on its technology and the ability to make a better ski. So why would I put this on the ‘unimportant’ list? Because I’m an engineer and have run the numbers behind many of these ‘technologies’. Sometimes they do actually work, but often they work to actually make a ski worse while making for a good marketing effect (usually the case). Other times, they would actually improve a ski’s performance, but no more than gluing a hunk of quarters to your ski - which would be much cheaper.   So,...

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BRAND

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I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard someone say “I’m surprised this is an XYZ ski!!” because they typically prefer another brand. Yes, every brand has their feel on the snow, but it’s constantly evolving and there is plenty of overlap in designs out there. The ski industry is like a really small town - everyone has been with the person next door. The ski design for Volkl, has also worked for Atomic, Elan or Salomon (or maybe all three).   Trust me: In every single conversation, I’ve ever had about ski design with other ski designers...

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QUALITY OF A SKI

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Ok, calm down. Yes the quality of skis matters, but in all my years designing and building skis I’ve found this: every company has their good and their cheap models, and every company has had some lemons. Yes, some brands skis are known to last forever, like ON3P, and some brands break down quicker than I think is good. I’ve personally seen almost every ski snapped, cracked, scarred and marred beyond repair. It just happens.    The reality is a company that makes bad quality skis goes out of business. So, if you’re buying a pair of skis, then that...

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WIDTH

Posted by Cyrus Schenck on

When deciding the width for you, remember you’re picking for the conditions you actually ride, not the one you wish you rode (that’s why people make powder skis). Also, keep in mind width is subjective: I know people who swear their 77mm sticks are “powder skis” and guys riding 120mm underfoot as their ‘everyday ripper’. It all depends. Generally speaking, the wider you go, the better it’s going to float - obviously. But here are some benchmarks: Under 85mm — On-piste with occasional side-of-trail foray. 85-93mm — On-Piste focused but with more forgiveness off-trail 94-100mm — Good for most East...

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SKI TYPES

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When we design skis, these are the 4 elements we talk about when deciding on what to build, the rest comes later.  This could be a book in itself, but let me boil it down for you. I’m not going to use terms like “powder” or “all-mountain” etc because everyone has a different opinion on what each of those skis should be. Instead, I’ll describe different attributes of a ski and what they are good for. All skis out there are basically a mix and match of these characteristics - it’ll be your job to figure out what mixture you...

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