Originally Posted by Spooky
If any one attribute were enough to greatly vary one ski's overall characteristic, it would really do so in all skis. Demoing maps these strong attributes out for you personally. Any combo of weaker attributes can't vary the overall enough unless there are a huge amount of them. I don't believe there are with skis. You may disagree.
See, this is what is wrong with this idea:
What Volkl calls 'rocker' is different than what Nordica calls 'rocker'. One company calls a 'wood core' some wooden stringers in a foam matrix, another uses a vertically laminated block the full length of the ski, one company uses poplar one uses maple. One company builds a milled acrylic core, another squirts foam into a mold. One company places the metal layer in it's ski under the core running the length of the base, another runs a metal sheet on top that only extends slightly past the binding mounting zone a different brand runs a sheet above and below the core full length.
If you decide you hate foam core skis you might write off a whole bunch of great Stocklis.
If you decide you hate rocker, you might miss a number of great skis with rocker in name only
If you decide 'I like the feel of race skis' so 'I want a powder ski with a ton of metal'... you might be making a mistake.
Demoing numerous skis and developing a 'feel' for what differentiates them is GREAT!!! Everyone should strive to do this (unless you don't care and value your ski time too much) as it will make them much better educated about the ski gear they buy. It is good knowledge to gain. DO IT!
What I am saying is this- Don't confuse 'trying' one or two skis as somehow informative about a totally different ski. It sure is helpful for someone with knowledge to take that info and build on it, but on it's own? Pretty useless.
"I demoed a Kastle MX88 and really, really liked it. I see that the Blizzard Brahma has almost the exact same construction and waist width and folks say it's more nimble in moguls. I see Blizzard also has the Kabookie, which has more float than the Brahma, but it's lighter so it will be just as good in moguls. That sounds like exactly what I want, an MX88 with more float that is better in moguls." FAIL.
That's my only point. Not 'don't demo' and not that you'll never understand so don't try. It's be careful with thinking you have it all figured out based on a few random data points. Skis are like food, how the chef combined the ingredients and the amount of each matter when it comes to eating the dish. A lot. Mario Batali's chicken parm is going to be different than the pizza joint down the street. If you sampled Mario's chicken parm and got a peek at the pizza shops recipe... well, you might be disappointed in their Greek Salad.