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What causes topsheet damage?

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Anyone know why my girlfriend's skis which are on their third season are pristine whilst mine, which were new this season and have been used 20 days, are totally battered.

What am I doing differently?! We're similar level skiers, skiing roughly the same stuff. Am I just more careless when putting them down without realising?

Bit of stupid question but it's annoying!

Thanks
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@Meltus, it's just that you are a scrappier skier. I'd imagine it's damage from your edges.

How could "putting them down" cause issues? Puzzled
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It's called 'Mechanical Sympathy' and you either have it or don't... Fret not, and learn the phrase "Tools, not jewels" and rejoice that you'll have an excuse to buy another pair soon under N+1 rules.
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I suppose I meant dropping them, plonking them against rough walls etc. I've not noticed myself doing anything but you never know. I shall endeavour to ski more elegantly in future!

Fair enough, maybe I'm just a mucky pup compared to others. I am aware of 'tools not jewels' but they're just so pretty Laughing
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Some sidewall/topsheet materials certainly damage more easily than others and anyone skiing 'old skool' on modern skis will knacker the topsheets on the inside radius of the tips pretty quickly.
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Mine were damaged when someone kindly skied over the front of my skis. Fortunately a bit of epoxy seems to have limited the damage to merely cosmetic.
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Yeah I do think the material isn't particularly durable (BC Navis for reference). Any tips on how to avoid being 'old skool/scrappy' would be much appreciated! (didn't know I was... I'm only 32 and thought I was reasonably neat Crying or Very sad )

Thanks again
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@Meltus, I also have those skis. I think the glossy finish to the top sheet makes the scruffiness appear worse than it is, and particularly because it’s black gloss (well, depending what vintage you have). My OH has similarly glossy top sheets in mainly white which don’t show up so much.
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I just had to carry out 4 major topsheet delamination stick downs omn all tips and tails (about 18cm each) on Kooky's Atomic Access skis. I used Defcon flexible marine epoxy resin. They are pretty old skis and are used for a lot of off piste in heavy snow. My Nordica Enforcer's of over the same age (10 years) are fine apart from many dings.
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Tw4ts in lift queues climbing all over your skis don't help the cosmetics.
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^ this


Also some skis have tip guards which help a bit.
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I snowboard, but i guess construction would be broadly the same. If you get 'chips' knocked out of the edges of the top sheet by lift queue bumps I was told to take a file and run around the edge of the top sheet to take the angle off, which can apparently limit that.
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Mine took a bit of a hit last week when I stopped to get something out my bag. I absentmindedly went to plant my poles fairly aggressively in the hard pack and instead hit one of my skis quite squarely Laughing Obviously I rolled out the “tools not jewels” line and carried on with my day.
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Some c##t regularly skis over the tips of my skis. Unfortunately he seems to be wherever I am.
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Most of the damage on mine are from using the other ski to click the bindings.

Some skis come in both “hire” and “retail” versions. The hire version being heavier and having a tougher topsheet.
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Laughing @Dave of the Marmottes,
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I also put a touch of epoxy in tip and tail chips, holds them fine. I get a few from hitting branches or stones under the snow in the forests.
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