Let’s start with a basic lesson on what makes plastic better than steel. First, plastic skis are made of Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) plastic, a special, very durable plastic resistant to high impacts. UHMW plastic makes a much lighter ski than its steel counterparts. Plastic skis can easily knock up to 14 pounds off the dry weight of your sled…. www.bergstromskegs.com/oui/ski_weight.htm They pretend the accumulation of snow / ice on the ice-cube tray tops of the plastic skis never happened, but 14 lbs?
The third advantage to plastic is its superior durability. The consensus among experts is that plastic skis should last twice as long as steel. Friction shortens the life of steel skis, while UHMW plastic not only resists most friction, it’s also an incredibly tough and forgiving material. UHMW plastic is so strong it’s cold resistant to minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
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