Rental vs Bought Skis

Rental vs Bought Skis

Started by Paul_SW1 in Ski Technique - 13 Replies

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Paul_SW1 posted Feb-2015

Hi,

Have been skiing a few years and can ski ok - black runs with average sized moguls. I have always rented skis, and value the convenience compared to owning, servicing, storing and transporting my own skis. But maybe I need my own??

This year on my rental skis I experienced a new problem; this was a reduced ease in being able to scrub out speed, and needing a greater distance to come to a stop. I varied everything I could, ie edge angle, weight distribution and exertion of pressure. I found the problem in loose powder on piste, and that icing sugar kind of snow you often get on well scrubbed steep slopes.

I would like to think this new problem was due to my rental skis having blunt edges, rather than a change in my technique. However, the edges felt sharp to me, in that if I were to run my finger down them with moderate pressure, they would probably cut my finger. So to me they felt sharp - but I'm no expert and I don't know what they should feel like.

Any ideas?
Paul

Tony_H
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

Lessons?
www  New and improved me

AllyG
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

Did you ask the ski hire shop about it?

Andyhull
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

Did the skis have a rocker? Could just be the skis skiing shorter than you are used to.

Paul_SW1
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

The skis were the usual length - from my feet to my eyes. They did have a rocker.

The hire shop said they were fine and that it was the first time they had been used. It wasn't the first time they had been used as I could see they had been used when I took them from the shop. So I didn't trust what the shop said. The shop was Intersport. I would like to think that hire shops would only rent out skis in good condition. But I don't know to what degree that is true.
Paul

AllyG
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

You didn't try changing them? In my (limited) experience they usually offer to change the skis if you have a problem with them.

Paul_SW1
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

AllyG wrote:You didn't try changing them? In my (limited) experience they usually offer to change the skis if you have a problem with them.


I didn't no. I only realised I had a problem towards the end of my trip.
Paul

Dids1
reply to 'Rental vs Bought Skis'
posted Feb-2015

Were you fit? Everything gets ragged if my legs ache.

Topic last updated on 27-February-2015 at 10:13

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