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Measuring Ski Edge Bevels

It’s good to quantify the edge geometry on your skis. The REAL ANSWER to ‘what’s the factory spec’ of my X, Y or Z skis question is, MEASURE THEM because variables exist. A case in point is a recent purchase were the ‘factory spec’ is 1:1 (1 degree base & 1 degree side). With the intent of skiing them as is first, then adjust, It’s good to Measure Ski Edge Bevels and record the geometry so you know where you started vs where you may end up.

(On one hand, I almost wish I didn’t know, so I could simply ski them without preconceptions or thinking about the edge geometry. If the bases are flat, the edges sharp, perform a few base prep and WOTD (wax of the day) cycles and get some vertical on your new rides.)

There are many options to measure edge geometry. The three I tried this go around were using a calibrated SVST Pro Bevel Meter, Digital Angle finder and magnet and edge guides with a Sharpie ink. The evenness of the ink removal relative to a given guide gives you a visual glue if the guide matches or not. All methods rely on a consistently flat base. So check your bases with a true bar first. All three methods provided generally consistent averages throughout the skis of around 1.5/2 vs the 1:1 ‘factory spec’ FOR THIS PAIR OF SKIS.

 
 

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