Demoing and checking out skis at the show for 2016, the all-mountain, everyday "Western ski" between 85-105 wide, depending where and how you ski, has moved in 2 different directions. Definitely very interesting to see the 2 trends for the coming year. Skis seem to be falling into 2 camps, and many companies are making both! Hybrid skis (such as the FX94 from Kastle) have fallen away somewhat.
1) traditionally cambered, perhaps an touch of early rise tip, laterally quite stiff
2) tip taper, quite a bit of early rise, and possible tail taper. Softer tip and tail flex
Thoughts? 2 different types of skis for 2 different types of terrain? Or rather, 2 different types of skis for 2 different types of skiers? I am leaning toward the latter.
Examples in the first group that come to mind: Head Monster 88/98, Kastle MX88/98, Fischer Motive 86/95, Elan Amphibio 88xti, Rossignol Experience 88/100
The second group: K2 Pinnacle 95, Dynastar Powertrack 89, Nordica NRGy, Head Venturi 95, Stockli Stormrider 88/95, Kastle FX85/95 and BMX105, Rossignol Sin 7, Fischer Ranger 88/98/108
I know there are a bunch more I am missing, feel free to add models and thoughts.
Edited by dawgcatching - 2/12/15 at 10:49am