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cultraraSidewalls allow for a more durability, torsional stiffness, and edge grip. Plus they look 10x better and everyone knows thats what counts
onenerdykidHonestly, when it comes to edge grip and torsional stability both constructions are dependent on internal construction more than "sidewall vs cap".
If I gave you our World Cup FIS construction GS skis (which are cap construction) and gave you a pair of the full side wall Punx, I think you would find that the GS ski of the same length has more edge grip, torsional stability, and straightline stability.
AmplidFair point, but that could be Titinal in the ski construction, thickness of the core, effective edge, sidecut... etc etc.
onenerdykidFrom a manufacturer's perspective, it is also easier to get a wider variety of skis out of a vertically laminated sidewall mold. The manufacturer can change the layup much easier to get different flexing/behaving skis out of one mold. This is partly why you see the vast majority of smaller manufacturers go this route because they can make the most of their investment. I don't mean that in any negative way whatsoever, just a good fact about ski building.
DonNutNow that we have someone in the know here, why does Atomic make their WC-raceskis cap? What are the factors that make them choose the construction which majority of other companies do not? (I don't think i've seen any other cap skis in WC in about 10years)