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Top sheet chipping after 1 day of riding - should I be worried?
Hey friends! I got myself some of this year's Armada ARW 96s and took them out this weekend for my first day on snow. I pretty much stayed out of the park all day (I went through a lil jump line like twice). Just cruised around. Throughout the day I noticed my skis had some little plastic stringies kinda peeling off around where the top sheet connected to the sidewall/base. I didn't think much of it until I later noticed a bigger chip (like 1.5 inches long) in the same area, middle of my ski. When I got home from the mountain I noticed there seems to be a couple spots where the top sheet is maybe almost going to start peeling/chipping away???
Wanted to know if anyone could tell me if I legit should be worried or if this is normal w/ some skis or what?? I feel paranoid but I don't want to keep riding on bunk skis if they're going to start delamming on me 1/2 through the season.
I don't worry about top sheet chips, it's going to happen when you cross your skis in a crash etc. especially if you have factory fresh edges. I would only be worried if it looks like you are close to exposing the wood core, then you might want to put some marine epoxy on it. If there are any sharp edges you can file them down to help prevent further chipping. "Tools not jewels" as the saying goes.
That's pretty normal. Are you clicking your skis together on the chairlift?
Thank you both, I kinda figured it was normal wear and tear but tbh this is my first pair of skis I've gotten ~brand new~ and just needed some reassurance I wasn't missing something serious. No excessive clicking of my skis together but my factory edges are sharrrrpppp so that's probably why. I'll keep an eye on things and pick up some marine epoxy just in case. THANKS GALS!!!
This is suuuper late but also for anyone who searches this and is looking for help:
96 is a littleeee bit wider than most people are used to. Your inside edges will ski closer if you keep your stance normal, and they could come in contact more often causing some chipping (especially with brand new edges). You don't need to widen your stance dramatically or anything, but just wanted to point out that is a possible cause. I don't think it has anything to do with the integrity of the ski so I wouldn't worry about it.
At the beginning of the season 88 felt Wide to me after all last season on skinny skis. When my skis bumped against eachother it wierded me out so my stance got wide. I spent the whole season working on getting it back to normal and just plain getting used to wider playful skis with a bunch of rocker. I put plenty of topsheet scrapes on them from various crashes, bad landings, and general use. It happens.
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