Step Two: Ski Flex
Next decide the best flex option for you.
We have five options to select from for your custom skis flex. #1 flex is our softest flex and compares with the softer skis that you will find in the industry, the #5 flex is our stiffest flex and compares with the stiffest race flex skis in the industry. For reference the product description on each custom ski model states what flex we make for the standard edition of that ski.
Why customize the ski flex? Not all skiers are the same weight nor do they create the same demands from their skis. By customizing the flex of our skis we are able to better fit each of our ski models for the skier and what the skier plans to do with the skis. Customization of the flex can be done for a variety of reasons, creating a better fit to the skier’s weight, ability level, and personal preferences.
Here are some general guidelines on determining the best flex option and information on how adjusting the flex is going to affect the skis performance.
A softer ski will initiate turns easier at a lower speed. So this can translate into a more playful less aggressive ski. A stiffer ski will need more energy or speed to initiate turns so this can be more demanding and more aggressive of a ski.
Softer skis will bend more and therefore float to the surface of powder quicker especially notable at lower speeds. The softer ski however will tend to over bend and be less stable when trying to push snow around or ski aggressively. Therefore a stiffer ski will bash through powder crud better and a softer ski will milk deep powder turns with ease.
Skier’s weight is also a big factor in determining the ideal ski flex. Here is a general guideline for skier weight and flex options.
#1 Flex – Under 125lbs #2 Flex – 75-175lbs #3 Flex – 125lbs – 225lbs #4 Flex – 150 lbs – 250 lbs #5 Flex – 150 lbs and up
These weights are only a general guideline to get started. Personal preference and your specific goals and plans for the ski would also be a factor. If you are considering a ski flex and outside these weight guidelines we should discus and confirm that it is the best option.
Ability level is another big factor in determining the best flex. Generally a level two or three skier is going to want and be better served with a stiffer ski. A beginner or intermediate skier is going to have a better learning experience and progression on a softer ski.
Personal preference will also be a factor, for example some skiers will want strong edge hold, powerful ski, and ability to really drive and push a ski through a turn, and therefore want a stiffer flex. Whereas another skier might be a level three skier but prefer to be able to bend and butter the ski to better fit their personal skiing style.
Note that changing the flex on your custom ski will change the weight of the ski. Softer skis are lighter. As you select your flex options the weight estimator at the top of the product page will update.
Feel free to contact us to discuss any questions and determine the best flex option for your custom ski