The oldest of my skis for a kite is only 3-4 years old, up to 20 years is still far away =)
PStkk, in my experience there are a few factors that contribute to "base melt". First I think it's a misconception that the base is over heating and melting due to high temps generation at speed. I've had some skis that have run several thousand miles and never had a base delamination/melting issue. While others have failed within minutes. And not due to heat and high speed. My feeling is that most base failures start as a failure in base adhesion. Now maybe this failure is due to heat softening up the epoxy but my feeling is it is more likely due to a weak bond failing due to vibration generation on the hard ice OR overheating the ski edge while tuning and weakening the epoxy. (Easily avoided by hand tuning) Or a combination of both.pstkk wrote: ↑Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:37 pmBeautiful skis!
One problem I have had with DH skis, is that the base can melt/crack. I happens after prolonged use at high speed on hard ice. Do you use any kind of special base material to avoid this?
(I use ~20 year old FIS DH skis, so maybe age is a factor for my problems)
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