Originally Posted by Ghost
That is indeed pretty much the case in North America, maybe less so in the Alps though (I hear they still like their piste skiing there).
Comparing to USA, Europe is still much bigger market and still more 'carving' oriented.
But you are all missing the point of the concept, it is not about paticular waist width, it is about any wais width. In this first proto, I have 69 at the moment and as I wrote before, with just four cliks per pair you change frame from 69 to another width, sidecut.. even faster and easier as you exchange wheels on your mountain bike.
I am not buying skis because I dont have to, I make my own :-)
Waist width is current hype in US (more west than east, I guess). It is not development of the product, it is just hype. Also rocker. Both are compeltly useless on groomed hard packed snow. Why on earth I need parts of ski that has no contact with snow? Multiple sidecut radiuses is also marketing stupidity. There is only one carving radius that you can actualy carve only one angulation angle with given sidecut shape, wich is (theoreticaly) sinusoidal curve (not parabolic or simple radius, as sold to you, guys). All other angulation angels will automaticaly produce at least minimal skidding.
Regarding better performance in deep powder. It is a bit easier to ski wider skis, if you know how to ski powder. If you don't, then even wider skis will not help a lot. All you will achieve is ruin your skiing experience on regular slopes.
Just for you to think about, when I meet with other guys from the industry (R&D guys, CEO's, CFO's only, not sales) on slopes with their own private skis they use for their pleasure, what kind of skis do they use? They could have any ski they want, but no one uses skis with rocker or other 'hype' feature you are talking about.
Going back to LUSST concept:
read it, it applies to grommed, hard packed, crust, powder or any other snow.
In this scope powder is not a problem of how deep you dive in, but about how hard / easy is to rotate the ski
explains how enviromentaly friendly is the product you are using now, Compare to http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-made-wagner-skis/ and notice how much of perfecly good material is waisted - it is the same production tecnology used also by Fisher, Atomic and all other guys - also notice glue dipping out of mould, it is a mess.
(I have to change my spell checker :-)
Have fun reading it.
Edited by LUSST SKI - 12/25/15 at 2:47am