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106 ski as a daily park ski
I know I know, there’s probably a billion threads on this subject but I’m too lazy to dig. How much harder is it than say a 90 ski? (I ride a 90 ski now). Pros? Cons? Are swaps, spins on, etc. harder? Do they feel a lot heavier?
Wider skis in the park are way fun, I ride a 3 year old pair of bacons in the park, I think they’re like 109. It’s harder to throw spins over 720 id say but rails and butters are ultra fun. More surface area the better IMO
Rails are really fun on wider skis. Especially longer and kinked rails. If you want to spin to the future you kinda need something less that 105 in my opinion.
Realistically yes they do feel quite a lot heavier, they are also slower to set an edge, harder to spin on and swap. If you can already do the tricks then it makes far less difference than when you are trying to learn new ones though. When you land, there's also more impact than there would be on a narrower ski. It's also worth noting that most-wider skis don't come with the same thickness edges as park skis and many seek to reduce weight in other ways too these days so durability also tends to suffer (ON3P are one exception to this, there are others).
All of that said, it is super fun to ride wide skis in the park. They are generally more surfy, more buttery, super easy to surface swap and press on etc. I rode the 108mm Line Sir Francis Bacon (and before that the Elizabeth) as my primary park ski for years and loved it. I still prefer the feel of a fatter ski on rails to this day, even though I generally ski mid-90s in myself nowdays (largely because of bad knees).
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