Originally Posted by St Bear
What are some examples of a 5 point ski? I know what you're talking about, but I rarely see it highlighted in the reviews and specs.
There are tons of these on the market now, because they work. In my opinion, 5 points are more revolutionary than rocker, and perhaps even more than shaped skis.
The hallmark of a 5 point is a tapered tip and tail along with rocker. The classic example, and one of the first to hit the mainstream market, is the Rossi S7.
You can tell you are looking at a 5 point ski when the widest part of the ski is not up near the tip, but instead is further back. A 5 point design has the widest part of the front and back of the ski at the transition point between camber and rocker. The tapered tip and tail mean that the widest point of the ski is always in contact with the snow, so you no longer have that rockered tip engaging in unpredictable ways when it is rolled over and makes contact with the snow. This allows you to smear turns without being punished. These are great tree skis because you can up your speed knowing that you can make controllable hard abort turns when you need to, as opposed to longer full sidecut skis.
The additional benefit is on hard snow. Because the fattest part of the ski is contacting the snow instead of being up in the air, you can throw force into it just like a full sidecut ski. You no longer have the vague feeling at turn initiation because the widest part is in the air until you roll the ski over- you can't really throw force into it to flex the ski, at least like you can when you actually have a tip.
In my eyes, these are the most versatile skis that have ever existed, and I just will not buy a traditional sidecut ski for off-piste use.
This is the dimension sheet of a Bluehouse Maestro, which shows a great visual of what I 5 point design looks like, and the relationship between the ski shape and the rocker/camber profile.
Of the skis you mentioned in your original post, the bolded ones below are 5 points.
Icelantic Nomad, K2 Shreditor, Rossi Soul7, and Atomic Automatic. I didn't like Armada TST or Blizzard Bonafide. I want something playful and snappy, not skis that will lock in and bomb down the mountain.