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Will lighter skis make me a better rail skier?
I currently have 2009 volkl walls which are a stiff/heavy halfpipe orientated ski, will upgrading to something lighter help me with rails? I'm currently looking at moment frankenskis or 1000 Park skis
Theoretically yes, practically no. The size of the ski is far more important in that matter (I can do all my rail tricks with my daily driver 106mm skis for example), but mostly it's just like anything else in trick sports: eat shit until you got it. The "rail muscles" grow very fast to a point where it's more about balance, the quickness of your feet and size of your balls.
You will feel little difference unless you go from a very heavy and long ski to a very light and short ski. This being said, if you're a rail skier, I wouldn't recommend particularly heavy skis.
I doesn't hurt. Swaps will be easier and so will spin on and off. I find that where the bindings are installed is almost as important. Center mount or close to it helps a bit. At the end of the day though your technique will make more of a difference than yours skis will. Also the Frankenskis aren't a very light ski. My friend has them and loves them but they are a lot heavier than my skis.
So let's say you were riding an mtb, a crazy enduro bike, from 2006, and you upgraded to a new enduro bike, the ride is completely different, and you have to get used to it. I moved from armada tantrums that I thought were park skis but were heavy fucking pow skis. That following year I got honeybadgers, and I sized up from a 147 to a 177. I had to relearn how to ski, basically. It seems you have been riding these for a while and learned a lot on them, so you basically need a season to relearn everything, and maybe you will hate them. Who knows, this is just my experience.
**This post was edited on Jan 26th 2022 at 9:36:52pm
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