Y'know, if there's one phrase in the past year or two that IMO is getting overworked, it's "game changer." Now as I have always seen it used, "game changer" refers to something or someone uniquely different in technology, design, or skill set that changes the way a game/institution is done, takes it in a new direction. I suppose even a new egg beater could be a game changer. We already know that vacuum boots and flipcore skis are for sure game changers. Less certain how there can be multiple game changers all at once, let alone a new one every year. Finally, I note that recently, you've characterized flipcore skis as simply very well balanced designs that are not especially about the flipcore. So taking your lead, the mind bogglingly bold new Cham design seems at first blush to just be a narrower, very well executed 5 point design that either Rossi or 4FRNT (pick your lawsuit) figured out waay back. So, in what way is it another "game changer?" Are game changers simply skis that are designed well?
Proposal: For one calendar year, we ban the term "game changer." We use terms like "best of the bunch," or "amazing" with care. We concentrate instead on describing what's excellent and what's just OK about basically strong skis. Because we know in our hearts that no ski is better than any other ski everywhere in its design. And we remember that when we say for form's sake that they're all really good products, and that it always depends on who skiing them and where and under what conditions, it becomes awkward then to go canonize one. In fact, it may be cooler not to canonize one. Whatever the other story writers are doing...
I think WE do use words/phrases like "game changer" and "best in bunch" very carefully. There is no doubt there are MANY very good skis out there but that is just it, many of them are just that...skis. There are a few that DO rise to the top and help create a special experience. There are many very good skis that are interchangeable in that you could choose from 3-4 and none would be a bad choice but you could bring another in that could be a stellar (can I use that word or is that on your "banned" list?) option. I am sorry that there are some exceptional skis out there, maybe you would be happy of every manufacturer made identical skis with no difference in personality. Would you be happier if Consumer Reports did ski testing along side with food processors, vacuums and hair dryers? I am sorry but skis are an personal decision and we do our best to match up flavor/character of the ski with that of the skier. I would understand your (bordering on) trolling if the testers you put in question recommended the SAME ONE ski to EVERYONE but that is NOT the case. Sorry to disappoint your social views on product testing.