guys, you may have read my post about atomic tweaks, and this is asking one of the same questions... whats good and bad about stiff or flexy skis? im not trying to be a dick here like sombody in the last post said, i just honestly want to know...
stiff skis give you more stability, less chattering at higher speeeds and wont wash out when you land a little off on a big jump. Soft skis allow you to butter, ollie, nollie etc better as well as they will give a bit when you land a little off, but they may wash out. I dunno, Im a fan of somewhere in between but leaning to stiff.
Park skis are easier to pop and jump etc, while with stiff skis you really need to power them. Out of park, stiffer skis will carve better while really soft skis will chatter. I'm a fan of middle of the road stiffness.
Actualy there are some really soft skis that can carve really well as well, because they have good dampening to reduce chatter and awesome torsional stiffness to keep the ski on edge (eg. Rossi B@ Bandit). But for the most part, stiffer skis carve better.
And if you jump really aggresively and really push your skis, stiffer is better in park too.
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Size of the rider helps decide whether or not the person will like a stiff ski as well. I'm really heavy compared to most other park rats and therefore I need a stiff ski in order to keep them from washing out or breaking in half.
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