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.
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Not sure what length will suit you best? Use the chart below to get in the right ballpark.
If you really want to dial in your model and/or length choice, give us a call for expert, one-on-one, advice from a skier: (231)459-4323
Here's a basic chart to get you started:
Sizing skis is a little bit of an art and a little bit of a science. There are numerous factors that all affect the optimal ski length for you.
A few of the factors are:
The list could go on and on, but if you need help with the decision, always feel free to call us at 231.459.4323, live chat, or email us!