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DIPED_IN_SAUCEBecause they couldn't make money doing it? What is this, communism?
ayylmao(mostly) free advertising leads to more sales
-wakes-are you talking about a shop testing the flex that most ski companies already list in their websites? And flex isn't the only thing that makes skis different from each other.
tomPietrowskiHand flexing a ski only tells you so much you still need to ski a ski to find out how it really works. that is why shop staff demo skis so we can talk to you a out how a skis skis not just hand flex a ski infront of you.
ayylmaoI am, and that's true. I'm not saying to gauge how a ski rides based solely on flex.
Again, i'm not saying to do this to see how actually goes.
It would be nice to compare the flex across the board, say with the skis you currently own versus any other pair.
tomPietrowskiHand flexing gives a rough idea of tip and tail flex and somewhat how stiff a ski is underfoot
ayylmaoThis is the information I'd want out of a flex test video
tomPietrowskiBut it would be really hard to get any from a video. You need to feel how it flexs and at what point it stiffens ect. Just watching a video of some dude flexing a ski would tell you nothing.
ayylmaoOn its own it wouldn't, but by comparing pairs you'd be able to tell where they sit.
Plus setting up some sort of testing rig (say along cinderblocks) would help.
TwigI might even be able to track it down, I'll look.
tomPietrowskiDemoing skis is still the best way to really find out what your getting.
a_pla5tic_bagI'm sure nobody disagrees with that.
>make a standard 'center' on skis, like true center, recommended mount, or something
>clamp skis onto a stand with narrow clamp upside down so the base is facing up
>apply a particular amount of force to a determined point on the tip and tail relative to the center
>measure change in position of that point
>do math and make graphs.
then you could say ski x bends more under the same force versus ski y.
inb4 it might not actually relate to how the ski feels. I like data.
You could setup something for torsional flex too i'm sure.
tomPietrowskiAgain a nice idea but all it woul tell you is how that section of ski flexes. Move the weight a few cm and the ski may flex more. How about skis with early rise how do you determin the point to weight the ski.
If there was a universal way to test skis like this a shop would have come up with it all ready.
tomPietrowskiI get what you are saying but it just does not work. Take skis with rocker for example. The ski may well be stiffer but it would ski possibly softer then a softer ski without rocker.
Also the flex can change from size to size. So I do get where you are coming from but its just not practical. Demoing skis is still the best way to really find out what your getting. So if anything maybe we could work towards getting more demos during the season, so people could try out as many skis as possible.
onenerdykidBut these machines only tell you how much force it takes to flex the ski a certain distance at one point. Even with said number you still have to interpret it as soft, medium, stiff and that will for sure change with individual preference and experience.