Can you guys please help cure my hammeritis. I'm genuinely curious how you end up at a 74mm ski. You know... everything looks like an 88 to me, so I just don't see what you gain over a more versatile 88ish ski.
I though it might be an east coast thing, but then I remembered seeing this:
And the OP seems to agree:
One of the great advancements in skis over the last five years is wide skis can now carve exceptionally well. Why would you not want to take advantage of the versatility that width provides?
Please help, I'm confused.
First, 88mm skis can carve well.......no doubt about that. Exceptionally well?......that depends upon what you compare it to. Out here in TahoeLand we are known for soft snow and when the buyer says they want a versatile frontside ski we absolutely start the conversations at 85 or so. However, the snow isn't always soft out here and when the skier says they want a real frontside ski.....we dig a little deeper. We'll ask about angles, moving foot pressure, crossunder and stuff like that. If the skier knows what we are talking about, we'll s'plain the differences. If you are a skier with good technical fundamentals and you take out a Kendo or another of the 88s back to back with say a Head Magnum or somesuch you will feel the difference. If you're not that guy then maybe notsomuch.
I always have a versatile 88er in my gear corner but I also always own or have access to the 74ish stuff as well. Last year, I skied on the Steadfast and the Head Magnum a lot more than my Bones and after about Jan 20th or so.....mostly the Magnums. This year, it'll probably be a Brahma and a Course Pro. In any case, which way a skier goes depends upon priorities.