Nearest LUSTi skis testing: 11.4.2024 Austria - Pitztal.


Titanal vs. salt

Titanal, as one of the highest quality and most used layers in sports and racing skis, has many excellent and irreplaceable properties, but unfortunately also one disadvantage... it hates salt. With prolonged contact with salty solution it starts to decompose, swell and eventually disappear in the form of grey powder. The ski then looks like it's glued in that spot, strangely "eaten" and if it's titanal at the steel edge, it can also look like a glued or ripped edge.

The most common way to come into contact with salt is by driving to a car park on a salted road, putting your skis in salted snow while waiting for the ski bus or when you are carrying your uncovered skis on the roof of your car on salted roads. If you then put the skis with salted snow residue straight into a bag or roof box, or leave them in a container of melted "salty" snow at home, the salt will react with the titanal and it will gradually start to break down after a while.

If this already happens to you, then it is necessary to remove the damaged titanal mechanically (e.g. with a hacksaw blade, a thin screwdriver or a knife) and then glue the skis in this place with two-component epoxy glue.

However, it is essential to avoid contact with salt and to clean the skis thoroughly before storing them.