Originally Posted by SierraJim
There are exceptions of course. Stockli is maintaining their minimal rocker in everything except the upcoming SR 115. Dynastar has put a 5 point shape on the new Powertrac 89 but it's anything but a noodle. Salomon is introing a Lab 104 that is as beefy as the old Sentinel was and Nordica's El Capo is fairly burly as well. Nevertheless, most of the many offerings in these widths are of the "kinder gentler" ilk.
I just thought I'd mention that the Salomon Lab 104 has a puny 20m turn radius. They definitely screwed the pooch on that one. I can't imagine who would buy a charging ski with a 20m turn radius? Maybe someone who wants to look like an aggressive skier, but really isn't?
I wish the aggressive skis were back in the 30m turn radius territory, as even the 25m on the El Capo is relatively small, imo, for this type of ski. When you're going really fast, you don't want to be thrown across the fall line when you tip a ski over. Also, the longer turn radius gives you a more predictable release at higher speeds. If you need to scrub speed, you want to predictably drift, not have your skis chatter intensely when you scrub some unwanted speed (rocker doesn't really solve this problem, as you can still feel the sidecut bite in). I think the 37m radius of the old Head m103 is just about perfect.
It's funny how psychologically twisted people get when they see a ski with a 30+m turn radius (or even 20+m). Sure, it's not an east coast ski, but it's really not as unmanageable as everyone thinks it is. If they just tried the damn thing, they'd realize what they were missing out on.