Originally Posted by Ghost
I would own a Legend Pro (2008 dimensions 124-97-116) if I lived somewhere like the PNW. I would use it on the front side too, if my "front side" included soft snow. Alas, for me and millions of skiers that is not the case. My only hope is that no inexperienced shoppers reading Spindrifts comments buy a soft snow ski for hard snow use.
In case your interested:
"90% off piste, 10% on piste" http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-legend-pro-rider-2008.aspx
" 2.88/5 hard snow performance" http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/dynastar-legend-prorider-2008
It's just that some people, really, really, clearly do not understand high performance skiing, and likely never will, especially if all they ski is fat rockered skis at low angles and speeds with little to minimal deflection from thier skis' normal reverse cambered position. It's a real pity, because if they ever learned to make high performance turns, then not only would they be able to choose the right ski for hard snow, they would be able to make their soft snow skis perform better as well.
I should just let this thread go. However, the scent of the bait is too strong....
Despite his personal demons, Nobis was a hell of a skier. And an awesome AK guide. The LP was his ski. My comments about the LP were direct from his mouth - he discussed things as having evolved to where the LP was his hard snow "frontside" and hard snow ski. In any even remotely soft snow, he was skiing Huge Troubles IIRC.
But then there is that evo link. Whatever you may read on an old catalog page, I do not think that reflects the thinking at evo. I've spent no small amount of time discussing ski deign with Bryce Phillips - evo's founder. And with others there as well. Last I knew a year or two ago, Bryce was all about really wide skis with rocker - 100 would be a twig in that world.... I also can say that evo has a core group of pretty strong skiers. Some really top tier. Unless something has changed very recently, their typical OSQ would be more like a Bent Chetler or an Opus type ski. Good luck keeping up with them on any snow condition.
Again - there is a place in the world for all these skis. Well, many of them anyway. But most people most places are not exclusively skiing ice. And while not everyone is gonna go as wide as many of us tend to here in the PNW, your idea of "wide" is pretty "middle" for most places.