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What has changed in skis in the past decade? Benefits of new vs old skis?
So, I have been out of the game for several years now, and am getting ready for a season in NZ. I have a set of '08 Public Enemies I have pulled out of storage.
So what has changed in 10 years of ski production? What would set a new pair above my 10 year old ones in terms of actual, functional differences in use?
What would make it worth buying new ones, as opposed to just servicing and using my 2008 K2s?
(Edit: whoops, thought I was in gear talk for this, sorry)
**This thread was edited on Jan 29th 2018 at 11:24:05pm
**This thread was edited on Jan 30th 2018 at 12:23:26am
I ski 08 hellbents, if it isnt broken then ski them till they are. If anything get new boots and spend money on dialing those puppys in
The golden age of ski tech right now I think . So many different rad cuts and shapes/designs of skis and gear to go along, tons of rad companies both on a big level and on the core independent level. It's cool to see, lots of toys for us to play with it seems.
On the flip side? Now every goomba and their grandma has access to terrain on these skis that they shouldn't be on otherwise, especially in backcountry terrain. I'm in no position to say what people are allowed to ski or not, but the new skis make it too easy for some and gives people a false sense of confidence and security.
I feel like touring gear marketing has gotten a bit better but it still feels like it's "Buy X or Y skis with these pin bindings and be able to ski the powder that all the pros do! It's just that easy". That's another side of the ski world that's annoying but can't sell products without marketing them to rubes I guess
As far as park skis go, probably a little wider than what you are on now is considered normal for park, and most skis have some form of early rise or rocker, but not all. Like has been said before the main advancements have been in the all mountain/bc/powder category.
I have the ninthward edollos and theyre 80mm under foot... Just a bit narrower than his current 98mm skis that I can assure you are a hell of a lot softer
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