Can someone help me with common language for ski feel? I'm struggling to interpret others' use of terms and fit it into my own experience. For instance, some people seem to feel that "pop" is antithetical to "damp", but I don't see them as antonyms, but different characteristics.
I own Dynastar 4x4 and would call the ski "damp, but powerful, with a fair bit of pop out of the turn". It seems a really great ski for the East and I like the damp, non-vibrating feel.
In Utah, I tried out the Volkl Bridge and liked it. It felt fine (wonderful even!) on creamy new snow, but felt a tad "hollow", "light", "stiff"(?) on the groomers. It had plenty of pop and was quick, but I wanted a "heavier" or "damp-er" feel when I hit hardpack.
Do these words make sense? Would someone know what they mean? I'm looking to describe a ski I want, and I need the right vocabulary. For instance, I want both "pop" and "damp". I'm looking for a ski that has muscles, but soaks up vibration. I don't want "limp", which some people seem to interpet as "damp" (K2).