So the season's winding down. I gifted my 13 year old my Chams and decided to demo a different pair of skis on Saturday--a beautiful fresh powder day in May. Hallelujah!
The demo shop was picked clean but I asked for a pair of Brahmas all the same. I really wanted to try them again. The guy goes in back and has a bit of a rummage and then comes out to tell me they're out of Brahmas. Not terribly surprising.
"I guess I'll have some Rosssignol E98s?" I say. Having heard good things.
So he dives back in and politely returns with a pair of 97mm Chams. "I really think you should try these".
I had a bit of a chuckle and said all-knowing like "Son, I actually own Chams already."
"Then why aren't you skiing them today?" says he. A mindreader this kid.
"Cos my lad's on 'em," I said. "But I still think the Brahma's are about the best things I've ever skied and I'd have bought them already except..."
And I s**t you not he interrupts me with "Well then you should try the new Dynastars."
"The Powertrack?" I ask.
Turns out he's ridden them already, he loves them; his Dynastar rep told him that they're the best skis Dynastar's made in a long time. Now this could all be sales talk but it was, after all, unsolicited. I had asked for Brahmas and was delivered Dynastar.
"I would hold out," he says, "Until you can demo the new Powertracks."
"The Brahma's are awesome but the Powertracks have a bit more camber and they pop out of turns. And they feel like they have the Dynastar guts to 'em".
Now I'm not 100% sure what all this means, necessarily, but I thought it relevant to relay this information. It seemed like a particularly serendipitous moment.
Oh, and in the interest of completeness I ended up on a pair of twin tip Atomics about 100mm wide. Very nice through the mounds of fresh powder but they didn't track awfully well.
Looking forward, with renewed interest, to a demo opportunity on the Powertracks.