Some people like to get as many turns as they can out of their vert and that's the way they have fun. I just got back from a trip to Idaho and the guides wanted us to spoon short radius turns all over the place, it drove me nuts. Whatever floats your boat works I guess. Progressive shapes do not require that you make super-g turns in fact they can be quite fun making shorter turns. They are however a heck of a lot of fun to open it up on.


On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:47 PM, Nathan Bryant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Denis Bogan wrote:

This is an argument for staying with what I've got.  I have zero interest in taking 1000 
vertical foot Alaskan faces in 5 GS turns.  I want to make tracks like the other guys 
in that picture.  
All I can say is that I've found fatter to be more stable and, hence, safer, when the conditions lean towards the kind of windslab that wants to hook your tips... such as the conditions that were in effect the day that photo was taken.

My "fatties" (95mm waist) allow me to ski faster and bigger turns, but they also mix it up, ski short turns, and enable skiing that is more in control and involves less flailing, so I won't be going back to my 79mm's except for spring conditions and resort skiing on McSludge.

Megawatts are in an entirely different category, though, at 130mm waist. I probably don't want them at this point, but aside from enabling those who have the urge to go bigger and faster, I suspect that for other skiers who require more floatation (specifically, either heavier and/or less skilled skiers), they might just be what is needed to enable safe(r) skiing. The rockered tip and tail appear to make the ski turn like a shorter ski but float like a longer ski, which I would expect would enable short turns as well as long GS turns. My skis have a semi-rockered tip, and it's been nice to have.

So color me firmly in the Anti-Tag camp ;)

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