Administrators Horton Posted March 13, 2009 Administrators Share Posted March 13, 2009 With all the Ski Tests, articles, opinions, posts and fads; we still do not seem to have solved the puzzle of how to characterize a slalom ski. I will always reject the idea that in a SkiTest or SkiReview environment, you can effectively put numbers or grades to a skis behavior. On the other hand in long term test I think there is a possibility to characterize a ski. Ã‚Â Is there a perfect woman? Or the best beer? I think not! Ã‚Â I think skis are the same way. For one skier the D3 X5 is the best thing ever and for the next skier it is fire wood. I personally think the X5 is the most underrated ski in the industry. What we can all agree on is that they are different.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I have one ski nailed down for long term testing this year and am requesting enough skis to keep me busy all season. So it is time to finally define the new method. I think I want to call it Ã¢â‚¬Å“Analytical Slalom Ski CharacterizationÃ¢â‚¬Â (ASSC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ pronounced Ã¢â‚¬Å“askÃ¢â‚¬Â) or maybe Ã¢â‚¬Å“BallOfSpray Analytical Slalom Ski CharacterizationÃ¢â‚¬Â (BASSC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ pronounced Ã¢â‚¬Å“baskÃ¢â‚¬Â) I am envisioning an ASSC matrix. In the actual matrix I do not think direct ski comparisons is a good idea for the purpose of flushing out the idea here I am going to make some generalizations.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Both the Radar RS-1 and the Connelly Prophecy allow me to essentially tail ride into my heel side (2/4/6 RFF). These skis literally, to not require me to advance on the ski as I approach the apex on that side. In comparison an HO A1 turns reasonably well on heel side with weight centered but works considerably better with additional front foot pressure. Besides the amount of front pressure needed for heel side turns, I think the HO A1 and the Connelly Prophecy are far more alike then the RS-1 but for this one parameter there is a common attribute. Ã‚Â So in the ASSC Matrix, maybe there is a data point that for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Heel Side Turn / Front Foot SensitivityÃ¢â‚¬Â. The RS-1 and the Prophecy get a low sensitivity rank and the HO gets a moderate or high sensitivity rank. Ã‚Â Of course there is then the problem of scale and perspective. As I recall with the HO, moderate front foot pressure delivers perfectly acceptable heel side turns, but extra weight forward rewards the skier with massive angle. If we add the MPDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s toe side turn in for comparison, without enough front foot pressure the MPD Ã‚Â will never turn but when you get past the tipping point it goes 90 degrees in a millisecond. So I guess there could be data point for magnitude. (Could that be right?) (Anybody following this?)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â In truth I am thinking out load (and rambling) here. If I can not develop a method that I believe is meaningful and accurate I will not proceed. I think since the first time anyone tried to describe a ski we have maligned some skis incorrectly and boosted others beyond their rightful place. Ã‚Â I just know when I read product reviews from other sports or car magazines I realize how well it can be done. BABE’S ★ California Ski Ranch ★ Connelly ★ Denali ★ Goode ★ KD Skis MasterCraft ★ MasterLine ★ PerfSki ★ Radar ★ Rodics Innovation Reflex ★ S Lines ★ Stokes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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