I'm putting this out as just a general topic of discussion. The observations are my own only and probably totally off the mark. But here goes ...
I started playing tennis at the age of eight. From high school until now I have (mostly anyway) maintained at the upper end of the aggressive/competitive recreational category.
I've been skiing since the late 70's including several years after college virtually living on the slopes from lift open to lift close time. Never competition, but as with tennis, I do reasonably well and ski strong.
In my late 20's through 30's, mogul skiing was the rage. Back then, almost all of my time ski days were in the moguls.
Last week, the moguls on Northstar's "The Rapids" run, under the Backside chairlift, softened a bit from the predominantly ice conditions that had prevailed for most of January.
I took a couple of runs down them on my 2010 K2 Recons. OK result.
Anticipating maybe better mogul conditions that day, I had also put in my car some older generation "intermediate" level skis that I had somehow picked up during the 2004/2005 season. ($49 might have been the reason!) They are Dynastar's Agyl+ 178cm. I hadn't used them since maybe the 2006/2007 season
I went down the same run this time on the Agyl's Wow! What a difference ... For The Better.
Later, skiing again on-piste, the Agyls seemed to want to dance from edge to edge compared to the K2 recons (and also the Volkl AC30's I've skied a lot this year). Seemed like I was doing twice as many turns. I skied with both a narrow and a wider stance. Although the Agyl+ edge grip definitely wasn't as strong as my newer "all mountain carving" skis, they weren't skidding radically either. All-in-all, this was fun. Did I say these are supposed to be intermediate skis?
That evening I decided to Bing "mogul skis". Hart's F17 Classics popped up. For 180cm length and 103/66/89, this site's radius calculator yielded a 20.9 turning radius. I put in the 103/68/91 specs for my 178 Agyl+'s. Turning radius is 21.2. Not much of a difference.
On Hart's website, they describe the F17's: "By its design, the F17 Classic can also be skied all mountain as well, thus making it a great value. You won't need to own two separate skis – one mogul specific ski and one all mountain ski. It is two skis for the price of one!"
Now I know that my Agyl+'s aren't a true all mountain ski. Just too narrow to do well in powder and crud compared to today's skis. And the Hart F17's will have more advanced and mogul specific flex and torsional twist resistance characteristics. But, I suspect that Hart has maybe exaggerated the F17 "all mountain" description a bit.
Anyway, back to Tennis. I can't help but wonder about equipment trends in respect of my tennis experience. About 15-20 years ago, super large head size, extremely wide beam, and head heavy tennis racquets became the rage. Intermediate level players loved them. As long at the ball hit somewhere on the string bed, the ball would go back. But more advanced players with full strong strokes found these racquets to be much too explosive and unpredictable. Starting several years ago, tennis racket manufacturers have gone back to more traditional designs. Improvements in material and technology of course have been made. The result is a more classic feel, but with more power and "old fashion" control.
I am wondering -- is a similar return to a more classic design (sweet spot) likely for skis?