Originally Posted by spindrift
I can see this as important in its space. Namely hard snow specialty skis.
But the idea of something that skinny being "all mountain" is IMO antiquated. And the notion of it being important in the broader all-mountain or all-around arena seems unlikely to me. Unless the old-schol segment of the channel heaves a collective sigh of relief and pushes it hard because it is in their comfort zone. Then who knows? Could well prove me wrong.
To each their own...
What is "All-Mountain"? Everyones definition of "All-Mountain" is different, Helluva said it (tongue in cheek) about best, "A ski that performs equally poor in a multitude of conditions". As you say, "to each his own", All Mountain is defined not only by the user but the mountain that they are skiing all of. Elk Mountain, one of the more popular ski areas in PA..forbids skiing in the trees or off the trail, definition of all mountain is different there than it is at MRG or where you ski in the NW, Latigo would be a the perfect ski at Elk with having to stay on the groomers along with super bump trails like Seneca and Tunkhannock.
The Latigo is 78mm underfoot, when the Volkl SnowRanger came out, it was 77mm underfoot and revolutionized powder skiing and access on and off the trails. Yes, the Latigo is narrow by todays standards in what we "perceive" an all mountain ski should be but there is a segment that it is the perfect option. I had my best powder day EVER on a Bonafide, does that make it a powder ski? no, but it did the job. Too many people are getting hung up on numbers and classifications and not on what the ski does.
Edited by Philpug - 10/23/14 at 9:44am