In article <***@lisahorton.net>,
Lisa Horton <***@lisahorton.net> wrote:
-I just don't understand the ski industry, and their minimal and vague
-descriptions of their skis. Does anyone understand these phrases?
-"for women skiers starting to ski the fall line"
-Okay, the fall line is down the hill, right? The way that a ball would
-roll? So, what do you ski other than the fall line, uphill?
-or, "ideal for intermediate skiers starting to increase speed who desire
-a high level of comfort."
-It's a ski faster than a beginner ski, but still soft?
-or "Women truly enjoy the ease at which this ski turns, and therefore
-will enjoy more of the mountain".
-Okay, I get that this is a ski that's relatively easy to turn, is the
-idea that the ease of turning will open up more difficult terrain?
-And finally a question about "all mountain" and "off piste". As I'm
-understanding what I've read here, on piste is runs that are groomed,
-and off piste means not groomed, is that right? If so, for someone who
-never skis anything remotely resembling back country, but might ski on
-ungroomed runs at times, is there any point to an all mountain ski, or
-is one designed for groomers a better bet?
-Thanks, in confusion,
Pure marketing, as far as I can tell.
Ski 'reviews' seem to be designed
to either 1) Sell that pair of skis to a particular self-identified market niche, or
2) Boast about the 'reviewers' own skills
I've been using skis that I really really like, that I probably never would
have bought, or even demoed, if I depended on reviews. Fortunately, I
was in a demoing mood at my local hill (Perfect North), they had a limited selection,
and I figured, "what the hell, I can bring them back in 5 minutes if they scare me."
Almost every characteristic that I really like about my skis is exactly opposite
to what every review about them claimed them to be. Short version - I'm a middle
of the road, improving intermediate who likes to go slow and gets scared by speed.
My skis are Volkl P40 EnergYrails, which were sold as, and 'reviewed' as hard-core,
for expert racers only, full-on GS racing skis that cannot possibly travel at less
than 50 mph, or be turned by anyone less strong than the Herminator.
The reviews on my skis were, to put it politely, nonsense. And so, probably,
are the ones you are trying to interpret. I think the only sensible thing is to
allocate a long time, maybe even two full seasons, to asking opinions, analyzing your
own desires, demoing everything you can get your hands on - including skis you're sure
are wrong for you, and torturing yourself with decision-making until you can finally
plunk down the cash with a smile. Or else truly accept your non-Buddha nature, grab
every pair of skis that look interesting, and refer to the collection as your quiver.