Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
Fergus, as Ghost said, I didn't need a ski manufacturer to convince me I needed multiple sets of skis - I wanted them all on my own! (Well, with a little help from my friends. But mostly they were trying to hold me back, but no, I just *had* to have another pair.)
My rule for the "problem" you describe is to choose a pair at the start of the day and then vow to just suck it up and pretend it's the only ski I own. A detuned slalom ski? No, that would not be my choice for most of my ski days. Actually, if last season is any guide, a 100-110mm underfoot with some rocker would be my choice for most ski days.
My OSQ for the past two seasons has been a 91mm waist rockered twin. I've got some older un-rockered 112 waist Fatypus' that were fun for the first hundred or so days, but the 91's with rocker are just more versatile (and equally spanked).
Like bounceswoosh, I don't need a ski manufacturer to tell me what I want (need) next. My experience, and preferred terrain/snow condition already dictate most of my requirements, then it's just a matter of selecting the right tool from any given manufacturer's offerings, and hopefully confirming with a demo on said preferred terrain/snow condition.
FWIW, the decision has already been made, and I too will be choosing a 100mm ski with rocker; the same ski Naybreak picked up last season, and which I would recommend to bounceswoosh, pending her own impression after a demo.
Anyway, IMO a demo should tell you what ski(s) you need, not the MFR.
Fergus; I've had very limited experience with skiing in France (Val d'Isère in the early 80's), but I imagine France has its share of Jersey-like zones as well, where a bent-tip detuned SL would be a perfect OSQ.