Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
For my particular (spastic, awkward) brand of crud skiing, I think the construction is way more important than the width. Both the Santa Anas (100mm) and the Gypsies (125mm) do better for me in crud than the Sick Day 110s, which are, well, floppy. In fact, I call the Gypsies my tanks.
Well, yeah, stiffer is better for crud because of the resistance to torsion or deflection, and wider is better because of inertia in the front of the ski. But IMHO, skis of this width range are not/cannot be as good in bumps as far narrower ones. There's a reason freestylers use F17's, and it ain't the graphics. It's physics.
As far as Finn's comment, I'll come down respectfully on the other side. Or rather qualify it by level. Can attest personally to a total fail for the "struggle" model of ski selection unless you're a strong skier already. Me back in the day: plateaued high intermediate, prolly as good as the majority here, few initial lessons as 3-5 year old and then decades of selfie, maybe a lesson every 5 years, choosing skis like VR17's or Explosiv's or Titan 9's because well, they were the baddest things around and that would force me to get better, right?
Wrong; they each encouraged me, a light finesse skier, to develop lousy biomechanics, married to strong balance and recovery, in order to survive. Whereas a more forgiving (eg, flexier) ski would have allowed me to bend it at sane speeds, learn about entire edges, trust that I could commit early and not die, and if it folded at higher speeds, no biggie, then I could move on to more demanding skis that didn't fold. And isn't just me. Have seen it over and over and .... have talked to instructors about this, they shake their heads over what their clients ski. Just check out the number of terminal intermediates on stiff, high performance sticks like Brahmas, Kendos, Bones and such, backseating, low edges, skidding around and complaining about their edges being dull or their tips chattering, but otherwise thinking they're heroes on hero skis as they bomb down the blues. So IMO it ain't the struggle, it's getting lessons and being able to apply them to what you're on. Once you're a true advanced skier, all your basic mechanics under control, just needing refinement or ideas, then fine, go struggle. That's what racing camps or lessons with the 9's or video are about. But in all honesty, how many people on this site really will benefit being on a ski that punishes them for a mistake? My .02