Yo Philbug those market share "comments" are facts.
The characterization I made of it being silly to suggest that unnumbered legions of skiers "hated" on Nordica is totally legit as well. If that's a perception that some folks have, my comment is provided to disabuse them of that notion.
yeah I'm offering opinions... and trying to do so objectively as I do get to ski lots of other stuff. The Volkl comments made by Beyond were spot-on. For whatever reason, Nordica just has it all going right now in literally every category. Those EDTs? SICK, even in the short lengths and at high speed! I had a pair up at Sunday River last spring during JO's and felt like doing the SG with them. They hold like crazy and are beefy. Speaking of beefy, the Jetfuels are also which is what makes them so awesome, and unskittish, as compared to the Volkl AC mentioned yesterday. You can tell from the construction of the Volkl that somebody was thinking "hey, lighter is better!!" NOT!!
I remember having a pair of Rossignol Strato 105s back in the day with Look Nevada bindings on them. They were h e a v y. But the reason I go back that far in mentioning heavy (ier) skis is that it was around that time I realized that heft was good when it came to skis. Anybody remember "The Ski," those weird light things that had the colored squares on them? Around the same time, I had a pair of those in black with the first gen Marker step-in bindings ("Blast-O-Mats," right??). The whole deal was much lighter than the Stratos. Now there were lots of other variables going on here but I remember taking a screamer run at Copper Mountain with "the Skis" and thinking I was going to kill myself. I came to the realization if speed was involved, heft had to be involved, too. Heavier skis just work better in establishing good ski/snow contact and provide stability both when in contact with the snow and when in the air.
Another example. Nordica makes a relatively new ski, the GSR Pro. I have a pair. Thought they might actually be a decent ripper ski for groomers or even skiing the occasional gates. They have great shape, are super high tech, and feel like they weigh about half of what a real GSR with real Comp 20 EPS bindings weigh. Warning: Don't make the mistake of trying to race with these... even when tuned to perfection they skittered and slid around like a man wearing bowling shoes on an ice skating rink. Just would not hold on a firm surface at speed even with extreme edge angles and shin pressure. I think they are just too light... not enough mass and damping to grip. Yet these things are super slick... hollow anti-torsion chambers, deeply recessed XBS binding systems (Nordica/Vist, not Marker). So fun for ripping around on groomers, but definitely not legitimate race skis. Meanwhile - bringing the comparison full circle - you may all be familiar with the now discontinued "Mach 4 SpeedMachine" a truly remarkable ski that - like the Jet Fuel and the Strato 105 of yore with the Look turntables and like a legit WC GSR race ski - has substance!! Heft... !! And totally inspires confidence at speed and I can't imagine it washing out like the GSR Pro did.
Moral to the story: A ski with mass is often a ski that works better in many ways. Especially at speed.....
Edited by Sk1bum73 - 4/26/11 at 7:02pm