I was wondering if anyone can shed any light here. Until a couple of years ago, Nordica SLR skis [race stock] used to typically come with a black solid plate - I believe that it was VIST brand, "WC" model. As of the last couple of seasons they seem to have switched to a modified Marker plate.
Question: Is there any substantial difference between the two plates, as far as performance, stiffness, whatever is concerned?
I am assuming that the switch was done for business reasons, but who knows - is there anything more to it?
PS: As I am at it, a similar thing seems to have happened with Blizzards - though I am not sure who used to make their old white race plate.