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rojo.grandeNomads are one of the most durable skis on the market. If ur basing durability on wood core type you need to do more research on full construction such as edge dimensions, sidewall technology, different types of fiberglass and even top sheet materials
**This post was edited on Mar 12th 2022 at 7:16:05pm
JuviticusI am aware of this, I've handmade skis before. Also if you know any companies that list the specific type of fiberglass or carbon fiber they use pls lmk. I've only ever gotten that info from reps
weastcoatI think heavier skis handle tip and tail delam better. Hence the thickness of on3p tip and tail and how they never split apart (disregarding edges yanking out a little in tip and tail, unavoidable if you ride hard enough).
I also think it goes beyond materials used too. Obviously your Lego plastic armada sidewalls (not kidding, legos and armada sidewalls are both made of ABS plastic last time I checked) aren’t going to hold up as well as a softer sidewall that Vishnu, on3p, Icelantic, etc use. But bond strength is crucial as well. For example I’ve ripped edge out of newer icelantics and the edges came out fairly easy due to a combo of small edge tabs and what seemed like “weak” bond of epoxy. Meanwhile I’ve done the same with vishnus, and the initial epoxy bonds that hold everything together were seemingly twice as strong and I had a tough time pulling the edges out.
older icelantics have a stronger bond/larger edge tabs and they hold in better than the new ones.
on3p are also notorious for easy edge pullouts. Tiny tabs and a seemingly weak bond don’t make a real good combo. I’ve literally ripped edge out with my hands on on3ps, meanwhile on Vishnus and older icelantics (bigger tabs and strong inner edge bond) I have to fucking cut and pry the edge out section by section since it’s in there so well.
Although I shit on armada for their horrendous sidewall design and weak bonds, their edges are well designed… the tabs re connect on the inside of the ski making them way harder to come out since the edge and the inner “edge” both have to bend.
I make such a deal about edge bond/strength because when your edges crack, your ski gets fucked up so much easier when the edge bends and opens up little gaps between base and sidewall, therefore creating delam underfoot, which is the nastiest of ski damage besides a snap.