Well since the thread on whether the new fat rockered skis have made traversing obsolete on crud-covered hills that are steep enough to scare you but not steep enough for you to make linked side-slips with your current skill set or not should you find yourself stuck on such a slope got shut down, and we all need something to entertain ourselves, I thought what a better way than give a report on ski performance of skis you own and have skied enough on to give us the goods.
Ski reviews, but with a difference. This time tell us what is wrong with your skis, not just buyers positively biased first impressions. If you need help, just think how you would describe the ski to your significant other when justifying the need for another ski.
I'll start off with a couple of examples from my quiver.
Volkl P50-F1 188 cm from 2002, Marker Comp 16 binders:
I had thought this might make a great combination SL GS ski, and it is soft enough that you can force it to make SL ish turns at speed, but watch out for boot out. However, this ski is just too soft in longitudinal flex for a gs ski. Hit a bump mid apex when really driving the ski and it will fold up on you. It is a pretty good all-around ski, but you have to be extra careful at speed.
It also has a lower speed limit of about 10 mph below which it doesn't shine. I haven't really had a chance to explore it's upper speed limit, but it does begin suggest caution when you get up past about 50 mph, and my impression is this feeling will get worse as speed increases; it's a little too lively for higher speeds.
Fischer WC SC 165 cm from a few years ago (the model just before the hole in the tip) factory included FR12 binders.
A great slalom ski with no speed limit you are likely to see on any eastern hills, but a SL ski is what it is. It will not arc pure no-skid-at-all turns if you go longer than the side cut radius, and if you ski fast, those are the turns you are going to be making. It turns where you want it to go, but it's tearing along, not locked down in a groove. The short length is also noticeable in chop, and the short turn radius makes it require a little more skill in crud or deep wet snow.
Volant Machete G 190 cm from 2002 again with Fisher FF17+.
Great ski but it won't carve small turns. It's stiff enough to give you confidence at speed and won't fold up on you if you hit something mid turn. Of course if you hit something big enough you will still double eject, so look where your going.
This ski has a limited speed range. It doesn't like slow, and has an upper speed (estimated at about 55 mph) above which you just know that if your try to turn too sharp it's going to dig in and catapult you into next week. As opposed to my old school SG skis which will pretty much let you get away with whatever you want. Being a stainless steel cap ski, you can't fine tune the edge angle to give you better ice grip. Ice and this ski work fine, so long as you don't mind slip-sliding away.