steezyme must work for salomon. hehe, and there is DEFINATLY no titanium in 1080s, there is in PRs.. and yeah, the 1080s are a chunk of foam wrapped in plastic.
a blank foam core is milled out of a larger blank ( i hope, if they are using injection molded cores, thats just even crappier.)
then the base is glued to the very thin brittle edge like every other ski.
a layer of triaaxe fiberglass (a composite consisting of glass fiber and epoxy, AKA plastic) is then layed over the base, the core is layed over that, and then another layer of glass is layed over, followed by a layer of plastic AKA the topsheet. then, this is set in a heated press, where the pre impregnated fiberglass thaws and cures. the ski is taken out and trimmed. tada! infact, the only thing in the 1080 that isnt plastic is the edges.
now, to the whole monocoqoue term, which is just that, a term. monocoqoue is a term where large sheets are shaped and bonded together to replace otherwise complex assemblies, this is found on car parts, mt bikes, and a ton of other shit. now, salomon is the only ski company that calls it that, but a salomon monoqoue ski is built just like everyone elses. if you'll remember the first generation teneightys, they were also "monocoqoue", but consisted of a traditional designed topsheet. the cutouts in core of the 1080 sere a few purposes:
1. cut a small portion of weight from the tips of the ski.
2. give some more ridgidity to the ski by creating a 3 dimensional structure to the topsheet and top layer of fiberglass.
3. look cool to young, uneducated buyers.
now, to why foam cores suck.
the foam used in the 1080s is a high density Polyurathane foam, identical to what is used in surfboards. (anyone who is familer with surfing knows how often boards break, and they are built almost identically to skis.) while this provides some structural integrity to the ski, it is approximatly the same weight as most woods. however, foam lacks fibers like wood and fiberglass. this means that while wood and woven composite materials transfer energy along these fibers, foam core skis just randomly flex, there is almost no actual energy transmission. and while wood and fiberglass have high rebound rates, foam doesnt. the bonds between the particals breaks down very fast, and within a few weeks, you are left with a ski that depends soly on two thin layers of fiberglass for ALL of its flex properties. on top of this, the 1080s have shitty edges, crappy graphics, and shit bases.
also, this argument is strickty against the 1080. the pro model CRs and Candides are very sick skis.
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