Mike from Edmonton sent the inquiry below. In addition to weighing in on Mike’s question, this would also be a good time to discuss the relative merits of waxable vs waxless skis for new skiers who are wondering what to buy.
Hi I’m up in Edmonton and waiting for some snow. In the meantime I’m researching and shopping for some new classic XC skis. I’m wondering if you could point me in the right direction regarding some topics.
My current skis are waxless classics . They are of a parabolic cut, somebody told me that’s not the correct term . Instead they call them Side Cuts Skies . Regardless , mine are now 4 years old and well used. So I’ll keep them as rock skies. There cut numbers are 52-47-49 from the tip. So that’s the only ski I’m familiar with , and yes I’ve enjoyed them. But I’m looking to get some new classic skin skis. But not sure whether to go with a Side Cut or a Straight Cut set. Yes I know the straight cuts will be faster, but the side cuts will give me better control when I step out of the tracks when going downhill. In hilly terrain.