yea, the dumonts are capped. there are defiantly ways to make a good capped ski. such as that, and there are plenty. however, like i said, the manufacturing process is much simpler, and cheaper, hence y you find cheap entry level skis that are almost always capped.
For example, plenty of your standard high performance all mountain skis, such as Volkl supersports, Unlimiteds, Fischer RXs, K2 recons etc are capped. that hardly means they are low preformance skis. however, they have complex constructions, and its a more modern high tech look, which, TRUST ME, sells way more skis than performance alone.
all that being said, its still just as easy to produce a POS sandwich ski. however, since there is an added cost in producing them, it doesnt make sense to use this style of construction on a ski your trying to sell for cheap. also, the flex characteristics of a sandwich ski are MUCH, MUCH easier to control and fine tune, and they can produce a much better flex arc than a capped ski. also, you get a more linear delivery and transfer of energy. obviously this means very little to you, or your wouldnt be asking this question and this is a bit more higher up stuff.
basically, what it boils down too, is a capped ski is one with 1 surface all the way around from edge to edge. sidewalled skis have two materials, a soild plastic on the sides, and a flat (usually) graphical topsheet layer. as for durability, cosmetically both get chewed up, just differently. id say caps are slightly more prone to delam, but the proper epoxy makes alot more of a difference than construction technique. in the world of twins, i wouldnt even pay attention to the construction style. in all mountain skis/race skis, there can be some more solid arguments, but for twins, dont sweat it. right now im on Silencers, and they fucking rock. that torsion box effect i was talking about, which makes them ski a lil less effectively as a carving ski, makes them loads of fun as a jib ski.
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