OK, so most of us are gear whores. Or maybe we’re not pros, we just can’t commit. We fall hard, become bored or disillusioned fast, look for another object of lust. Like being in college forever.
We’re fed by the procurers. Who trot out their stable of skis, tell us how each will take us where we’ve never been before. “Just try it,” they wink. “Your old ski will never even know you’re demoing.” And before we know it, we're thinking about multiple skis. Or even harems. We can't look our old skis in the shovel anymore.
Of course, the procurers never stick with any of their skis either. Pros can’t; would set a bad example for the other skis. Reps would stop coming by with new models. Customers would notice and wonder...
But what if we all had to stick with one ski until the grim orthopedist takes us away? No cheating, no late afternoon quickies at the tent, no fondling in the shop. Just one ski for everything we ski, and for always. Even when it’s looking tired and worn and the new ones, well, they’re hot.
Not necessarily about versatility, see, maybe you’d want a specialist in one kind of thrill. But it's gotta be a pair you’d want to look at over the ski rack years from now. What ski would you pick for the long haul?