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post #31 of 34

interesting observation on the 5 point, Although I like it, it obviously creates more drag with the increased surface area but it also can make the ski more responsive. I love the DPS 112 in powder and feel that Paddle tech does make it so easy to ski and play with the TR. 

post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Bought one this season, tried it once, but we haven't had the proper conditions, eg, significant powder, to really say much yet. It's been a tough season back here; we get some new snow and next day it's 55 degrees. 

 

I think once you get some more time on them, you'll find that the dampness doesn't come at the price of being overly stiff.  I do get what you're saying about the Blizzard line-up in general, though.  Based on what I've read so far, I personally would view the Scout as strictly a back country ski, at least as far as my preferences go.  Which seems to be how they're categorizing it.

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

interesting observation on the 5 point, Although I like it, it obviously creates more drag with the increased surface area but it also can make the ski more responsive. I love the DPS 112 in powder and feel that Paddle tech does make it so easy to ski and play with the TR. 

Right. So, on the TST, at least (not enough time on the S7 or S3 to say), in more than about 4" of soft, I love the way the tapered tip hooks up, but does it really gradually and not too much. Very controllable, very fun.

In soft snow < 4" or so, I'm thinking the tapered section becomes almost irrelevant except insofar as you hit a bump or something with it. (In which case I think the big turn up is nice, personally.) At this point the widest point is still well off the snow when the ski is flat. Because the snow is soft, this part can bite gradually when tipped.

On hard snow it takes a lot of angle to engage the widest point. That's fine as far as it goes. When you're going back and forth between hard and soft, the shovel alternately grabs and lets go, it seems, sometimes. I speculate that this is due to the rocker BEHIND the tapered portion, and so is less about the five point design that about the overall rocker profile. Of course I'm no engineer and am probably guessing more than anything.
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I speculate that this is due to the rocker BEHIND the tapered portion, and so is less about the five point design that about the overall rocker profile. Of course I'm no engineer and am probably guessing more than anything.

Ah hah! Fellow non-engineer thinks you're guessing right. My (unoriginal) hypothesis is that the point at which the rocker curve hits the sidecut curve is more critical than we've realized. Thus several companies are advertising their 2013-2014 perfect match between the two. Only unclear to me why a perfect match is optimal. Makes "sense," but can't isolate why, not sure it would be the same on edge carving as low angles in chop. Marshalolson could help here, since the 112RP is a 5-point, and he has that kind of warped mind. 

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