Originally Posted by MastersRacer
I'm cheap. The last new skis I bought were 4 pair of race skis back in 2002 when I returned to racing. Since then the most I've paid for a ski is $350 with bindings. Usually less than $100 with bindings. I'm surprised by how well the older skis that I buy perform, albeit they are good brands and models (Rossi B2s, K2 Big Kahunas, Elan Quad One). I look for a deal and can afford to reject a pair for the price I paid (yet haven't ditched any skis yet).
I'm gonna use Master's Racer comment to expand on for my take on Phil's question.
But first, "I'm cheap" is quick and easy. but if I'm guessing right, MastersRacer may not be CHEAP if he found something which absolutely gave him something-performancewise- he couldn;t possibly get anywhere else. But that's not happening...
Back when 10th of seconds made a difference, I would consider shaving that tenth, essential.
But that's not the case for 'recreation', even recreation racing.
So "cheap' ? I don;t think so. My Guess is, he knows that whatever he decides on, in the way of ski equip, he can bend to his needs or adapt to it nicely. So why pay more than you have to?
Kastle, Sterling, Elan Rossi, Nordica, Blizzard, Head, yadda, yadda, yadda. None of them have something so unique, so "this does something I can;t possibly get from anyone else", that I HAVE to HAVE THIS THING!.
It's been 30 yrs and some dozens of skis since I can say I truly disliked a ski. Since then I've had dozens of skis, all very nice in their own way. A lesson learned over the years.
SO, my behavior and belief is based on this...
If I want certain characteristics in a ski, there are bunches of skis which generally fit those characteristics. Granted, each have their own 'feel'. But I can adapt to most anything.
So, my answer.
I don;t need the kastle MX88, I don;t need the Bliz Bushwacker. There are plenty of offerings on which I can ski in a similar fashion, available for much less cost. It would be silly for me to spend for little return. I'm sure they're both great skis, but my being able to ski a certain condition or certain area is really 98% up to me.
We've skied the same terrain and the same range of conditions for many decades, and it was fun back then. The new stuff makes it even more fun. And so, everyone makes 'new stuff'.
SO, I guess I'm cheap also.
Or maybe what it is, that when I contemplating a pitch or run, I'm thinking about what I can do (with what I have), not what I can;t.
that said, something special enough, for me, can make me strike the bait... might be the Fischer Vac boots...