We use the highest quality materials in our skis to give you the best product.
Select Cut Northern Michigan Hardwood Cores
The wood cores are the "hearts" of your skis. At Shaggy's we start out with select cut Northern Michigan hardwood, primarily ash and poplar. Ash is an exceptionally snappy and responsive wood with a very high stiffness for it's density. The long grain of the wood, developed through our bitter cold winters and warm summers, gives our cores an unmatched longevity! Poplar is lighter and softer than ash, and the cores of most models combine both woods in order to provide a great balance of stiffness and playfulness. Aspen is a lightweight option that is slightly stiffer and more lively than poplar yet still noticeably softer and lighter than ash. We proudly source our hardwood from Matelski Lumber, located right down the street in Boyne Falls, Michigan.
We utilize a triaxial fiberglass in our standard models to wrap the core and provide both torsional and longitudinal stiffness. The fiberglass is oriented in three directions, the first parallel to the length of the ski, while the second and third orientations run +- 45 degrees to the first. We also use some of the best carbon fiber in the industry in our skis. When used to complement the fiberglass, a uni-directional carbon fiber strip is placed underneath the core, which allows us to reduce the core thickness and reduce weight while adding responsiveness. When used as the exclusive composite (full carbon layup) in a model, we use an ultra-lightweight biaxial carbon fiber (+-45 degree orientation) coupled with a slightly heavier uni-directional carbon fiber. A full carbon model allows for an exceptionally lightweight, durable, and responsive ski.
Impact-resistant UHMW-PE plastic surrounds our cores and is above our edges to absorb impacts and provide smooth, stable edge hold in all snow types. We place rubber damping strips between our edges, fiberglass, and sidewalls to reduce vibration propagation and to create a flexible shear bonding layer between dissimilar materials for ultimate durability.