For me there's a lot to the five point design. I like the widest part of the front of the ski to be closer to my foot, and not way out at the tip. that's big to me.
I don't like the tail to widen proportionally to the tip, as in tip (-) 10 to14mm. I know this because I skied the Sixth Sense Huge for a couple seasons, and it didn't really work, not powerful, not playful.
rossi blew my mind (not a hard thing to do): when I was easing the edge of the carbon top lam with a file and abrasive paper, I could feel the carbon, and then in the rocker part of the tip, a rubber layer, just like the shark nose of the B-Squad. but that didn't blow my mind, I knew to expect that; what blew my mind ..... is that the tail rockered section has the same rubber dampening layer. I bet that right now they are the only ones doing that. just genius, period.
For me the pin tail is crucial, and the issue of insufficient support or pop is not a problem, don't lean back. With this tail, and throttling back the power, I have made the smoothest turns of my life.
but you'll have to explain what a zero sum game is and whether Rossi wins.
The five point is the shape of a smile. As in S7's. The widest part of the front of the ski is about 50cm in front of the toe pc and the widest part of the tail about 38cm behind the tail pc, instead of being at the tip and tail. This is putting the float or plane where you want it and not creating a lot of opposing forces at the extreme tip and tail. The five point refers to the additional two breaks in the sidecut where the ski tapers about 40cm from the tip and 25cm from the tail. (This on my son's 188's.)
video on unofficialnetworks site of the Chugach, with someone riding the Super 7's a little. around 1"25". worth a look. called The Chugach Teaser by Greg Stafford.
that film of the Chugach has some really nice skiing in it. I show that to you. I don't show me doing that. those guys do it better. I do have this problem with a lot of video shown, like...yeah, but there are skiers who shread so much harder. (show me that)
Edited by davluri - 10/30/12 at 5:49pm