Nice graphic. Its hard when both the devil and angel on your shoulder are whispering to buy.
That all depends on the individual and the age of their "old" skis before buying "new" skis.I still think demoing skis is critical, to see what is out there, to understand the discussion at all, and if you are looking for something specific, to select the right ski for you.
Absolutely, I see that perspective. And old technique, sometimes you just have to jump in to the pool first.
That all depends on the individual and the age of their "old" skis before buying "new" skis.
There have been times when the person in front of the ski wall is on such old gear that demoing will only confuse. Occasionally the person has such old technique any new ski will feel like a different world.
This is from real life experience on the ski wall at a variety of shops.
That is one of the main reasons we have testers who have these qualities (and more)So if anything, places like skitalk are more important now than ever since we need to be able to make sense of these new constructions and discuss how they work.
2 of my favourite all time skis are the Icelantic Shaman and the Volkl Shiro and I can't imagine those skis being reviewed here.
@Philpug is that the proverbial elephant in the room ?View attachment 209649 Soooo... you like a ski with a LOT of taper? We did get on the Shaman 2.0 this year and having been on the original ... and liking it, the new version didn't catch the lightning in the bottle that the original had. The Shiro was long gone before we launched Pugski. I am not sure when the last time you were on either of these skis, but they were two designs that were thrown against the wall and didn't quite stick other than for a few select few.
Are you talking about the ski selector or just from people who post here? The skis elector reviews touch on a good number of softsnow and freeride skis here each year and a limited selection of resort powder skis as well. Plenty more from the community here.Icelantic Shaman and the Volkl Shiro and I can't imagine those skis being reviewed here. That's OK because Blister ( and to some extent TGR) is there for that.
This is a concern that comes up quite a bit and deservedly so. We have seen situations where coaches bring in athletes and insist that they are on a specific brand and so your concern is warrented. I recall also when instructors who were "mountain reps" for specific brnads would either send other instructors or students in for a boot fit, I was clear intially that if the brand they represent work, I would start there, but the reason they trusted me enough to fit the person, they had to understand that I was going to put the skier in the best boot, for them.I’ve been thinking about this issue. Not about influencers as most people think about them - this site is about as close as I come to doing social media - but the more “traditional” influencers.
Both of my kids (10 and 12) ski in a competition mogul program. The head coach and another coach are both on Kastle’s Mogul X skis for the coming season. 9 out of 10 kids in the program skied IDOne last season.
I was about ready to set them both up with the IDOnes for the coming season as the default choice. However my son spent last week at a ramp camp at the Lake Placid Olympic training center with his coaches, And he came home adamant that he should be on Kastles for the coming season.
I implicitly trust both of the coaches who are recommending those skis for my kids, and I don’t believe either of them would be recommending them for their athletes if they didn’t believe the Kastles weren’t at least as good (or better) than the IDOnes.
That said, taking this approach seems to provide the opportunity for an excellent return on a relatively small marketing investment for the manufacturer - give a small number of skis to people at a resort who have significant influence over what 100 or so other people ski. You probably don’t need to sell more than a couple of pairs as a direct outcome of the investment to break even, and anything on top of that is driving revenue and profits beyond what the company would otherwise have realized.
NEVER! Honestly, I usually gravitate to the smaller/odd man out brands. Honda Talon instead of Polaris RZR, Kawasaki Teryx2 instead of Polaris General, Ram instead of Ford, Roger instead of S&W. Given two skis of equal or close "skill sets", if I was to chose FOR MYSELF I'd probably go with the oddball.