I bought a pair of Salomon X-Wing 8s:
These are my first pair of skis and the ONLY reason I bought them is because they were cheap (the shop was going out of business) and it was labeled as intermediate, so I figured that I could grow into them. I knew nothing of camber, rocker, stiffness, twin tip, width, weight, etc.
They are cambered
Waist Width: 70-75mm
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 120/75/103mm (@ 168cm)
Tail Profile: Flared
No flex at all.
They are amazing for fast steep groomers. They are SO FAST and I love them for it. I *prefer* icy or hard packed groomers. I *dread* powder. I'm 5'5" and they are 160cm.
But when I hit the moguls, the trees, the powder, and the terrain park I get my ass handed to me.
1. I have a very hard time initiating tight fast turns in them for moguls and trees. They just insist on going straight or in the direction that they're currently pointed, and they don't like to be whipped around. So I tend to overshoot my turns all the time on bumps and trees. I crash a lot.
2. They cut into powder like a knife - when I ski powder sometimes I don't ever see the skis - they're torpedoing underneath the snow somewhere, and of course this makes turning almost impossible when I have pounds of snow that I have to lift them out of. And of course the snow grabs me and trips me up since so much of the skis are buried underneath. I crash a lot.
3. They are heavy. I can't hop very high in them. Maybe 2 inches. My park friends are able to get like 1.5 feet when they hop in their's.
4. Before I knew what twin tips where, I did a day of trying to ski backwards in these. LOL.
I skied with someone who had some kind of wider twin tipped skis and he could flex them really well, whip them around for rails and boxes, whip them around even more for moguls half his size, go through the trees just fine, do the powder just fine, and almost keep up with my speed-wise.
Be honest. Looking at the ski, and especially if you have these skis yourself, could they be part of the reason why I have SUCH a hard time doing moguls or trees or park? Or is it still mostly my lack of skill?