Traditionally, it will be about the “top” slalom skis Ogasaka Triun SL, this time the 2019/20 model year (hereinafter I will call this model year as 2020). Judging by the catalog, the geometry of the skis has not changed, that is, the same as on skis 2019 and 2018. Therefore, the expectations were, like last year, the ski will remain the same. However, the test on the snow showed a noticeable difference, and for the better. Skis have become more tenacious and active. The difference is really small, but noticeable. According to information from Iwamoto san Ogasaka engineers reworked the design of the tip of ski.
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It is difficult to say exactly why, but when carrying out slalom training gloves “burn”. Whether it’s form drill when drilling a snow, or a key for slalom poles, or simply when setting up a pole. Gloves are strong, leather. First there is a little “rubbed”, which can be sewn. Although this is already unpleasant, the glove looks still like new. And then it’s useless to sew it up. Then you can wrap your fingers with reinforced tape. This season I even saw such wrapped fingers on a World Cup participants 🙂
With the use of AliExpress it seems that there is an opportunity to solve the problem drastically. Because gloves can be bought for such a price that they could be replaced immediately.
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I took the idea to buy small things for alpine skiing from AliExpress from Sergey Kuznetsov. In January 2018, he ordered there a diamond files for the sharpening the edges and shared link on ski forum. I, as thought, have such files, still quite working and did not planned updating. But the price on the link was so attarctive that start to think. And not not only about diamond files. In the note I share Sergey Kuznetsov’s experience.
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In the note I will share the experience with the order from AliExpress side edge file guide for angle 86 degrees. Why I bought, how much it cost, how long delivered, what has come.
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Just after changing edges you can “hang” in the phase of almost flat skiing. Or you can go to a natural angles, determined by the speed of the skis and the steepness of the turn. Or you can set a “non-equilibrium” angles, that is, to edge the skis even more 🙂
I will discuss about this “nonequilibrium” option. It seems that everything depends on the initial angle, looks like following increase of angles in a arc is added to the initial angle. In addition, according to my observations, only by such “nonequilibrium” edging you can achieve the working angles >60 degrees in the middle of the arc.
I found out something in this (2018) season, so I want to write down, so as not to lose it. But grabbed a little, ready “recipe for cooking a magic pill” no 🙂
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In a free descent, the trajectory for me is not particularly important. But of course, I try to go as steep as possible. That is, carve round turns, but with the minimum possible radius. This is if the task is to raise the level of technique, but not just to fun 🙂
In general, one can proceed from the fact that everyone has his own arc of the minimum radius, which he can carve, determined by skis, the slope of the hill, the rigidity of the coating and the technique. If you try to carve steeper turn, then the skis will go into a skid.
In the note, I discuss the experience of the past (2018) season in transferring a section of such a clean arc into the slalom course.
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The second half of the arc (starting from the position of “ski-go-down” and ending with “ski-go-across”) does not cause difficulties. The resultant forces well presses the skis to the slope, so everything happens under complete control. From the position of “ski-down,” you can exit in two ways: cut a round turn or put the skis across the movement and go out by slip on the edges. Interestingly of course round turn, lateral slippage is a “spare parachute”, if something goes wrong. However, the round turn can be flat or steep. And it’s not so much because of technique, but because of “hovering” in the “ski-down” position.
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Some believe that there is no centrifugal force in Nature. I will not argue with this, but I will denote that by centrifugal force I mean what is pressed against the outer wall in the carousel. That is, to feel the centrifugal force you need to be yourself in a turn but not watch it from the side. In turns on skis there is a mix of two extreme cases. One extreme – a sidelong descent across the slope, then a sharp redirection of movement (for example, jumping with a turn) and again an oblique descent. Looks like zigzags along a broken line. In this case, there is no movement along the circumference and, accordingly, there is no centrifugal force. The opposite extreme case is round turns, there is a centrifugal force. In a real ride, no matter how you want to always cut round turns, there is also a braking and straight sections. Therefore, the centrifugal force can suddenly disappear and appear. In the note, I will give observations on how to use centrifugal force to quickly load an external ski when entering the turn.
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Ski tunning, that is, the sharpening of the edges and the waxing of the sliding surface, is described in the Net quite well, perhaps even too well. A lot of stages. Perhaps, too much. Sometimes there is an impression that it is better to entrust this to a specialist. Or as it quite difficult, sharpen and wax the skis not often, a couple of times a season. My approach to the topic is not constant, so I’ll write how I act this (2018) season. Just say that it is not exactly correspond to how it usually done, so do not think my approach is the only right 🙂
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Traditionally, we will talk about the top slalom skis from Ogasaka (Japan), 165 cm length. In this year (2018), we got these skis at the same time when beginning of testing in Japan (for which thanks to Iwamoto san). The geometry and design are the same as the models 2017/2018. On the snow skis seemed a little softer, but laboratory measurements showed that within the accuracy of measurements, skis can be considered the same. That is, the main change to the Ogasaka Triun SL 2019 model year in comparison of 2018 one is coloring.
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