Base Edge Guides
SIDECUT Base Bevel Guides are used to create a 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 base-edge bevel on you skis or snowboards - the easy way! Ever use base bevel tools that simply feel like nothing is happening? Not with these.
Typically, all brand new skis & boards need to be prepared first before being used, even if they are new from the factory.
Have your skis or boards ever felt 'catchy' or like they won't 'skid or steer' in certain snow conditions? This in most cases is due to inadequate base-edge bevel. This can be very frustrating, dangerous and impair skill development and simply make your riding experience very poor.
Here are some tips when choosing between 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 degree guides:
0.5 - Used on all skis/boards and all slalom skis. For advanced to expert racers who pure carve the majority of their turns and like aggressive and responsive turn intiation and grip.
0.7 - Used when a 0.5 degree base bevel is a little 'too aggressive' or 'too catchy'. Used typically on younger skiers under 14 and most expert All-Mountain skiers and boarders. You may also use on the first 10-20 cm of skis for easier turn initiation while 0.5 degrees is used for the remainder of the edge to the tail.
1.0 - Used for SG/DH skis, for younger ski racers, free-ride and terrain park style skiers. For those who want easier steering and turn initiation and don't like that catchy feeling. As above, you may also use the 1.0 degree guide on the first 10-20 cm of skis for easier turn initiation and the remainder on 0.5 or 0.7 degrees. Also used frequently by ski teachers working with lower end clients where steering skills are crucial, freeriders, and for the park and pipe. Recreational skiers commonly prefer 1.0 for all around use because it allows the skis to steer easier.
As you can see all 3 are utilized from the beginner to expert and therefore your decision is based on your own personal preference, skill level, strength, ski/board type & snow conditions. Always start with 0.5, test it, if it's too aggressive move up to 0.7 or a 1.0 degree guide. Remember you can easily add more base-edge angle but you can't go from a 1.0 degree bevel back to a 0.5 degree bevel without grinding your skis/board flat again.
Note: All SIDECUT Diamond Stones, Ceramic Stones and Hard Stones have been designed to fit in our Base Bevel Guides.
Used For: Race, All-Mountain, Free-ride, Powder skis and Snowboards.
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