Waxman, i have been holding my tounge for awhile now, and i feel it my duty to correct you on a few things.
1) The Xscream did revolutionize the mid-fat market. True, like Phil said, that the PK was the first, but it did not have the popularity that the Xscream did. If you happened to be skiing at any big mountain, especially out west, from 1998 to 2001 nearly every ski in the lift line was an Xscream. While 4x4's and Bandits were popular, nothing touched the popularity of the Xscream Series. Search this forum, im sure you can find some archives on the Xscream and its sales numbers. I think it was the number one selling ski for several years. Next to the Atomic 9.18 it was the ski that remained in the market for the longest without going through a significant evolution of changes.
2) The 1080 did define a category of skis. What twin tip ski was out there before the 1080? Line wasnt even making twin tip skis yet when that ski was released to pro riders in 1998(?). Originally it badged as part of the Xscream line, but later changed to its own category within the Salomon line. The Olin Mark IV wasnt a new school twin... hell, there werent even terrain parks and half pipes when that ski was released.
3) Salomon hit on something with the Pocket Rocket as well. Before that ski, how many twip tip powder skis could you buy? Search the forums and read the dicussions on the PR, you will find that it received a lot of questions, discussions, and inquiries regarding the fact that it was something that the market had never seen before.
4) On the WC Salomon was second in points last year (mens and womens points totaled). They were about 1,000 points behind Atomic. Try some of their real race products. They are among the best i have ever been on. Their race stock skis are nothing like the skis that they retail to consumers. It really shows the depth of Salomon's knowledge and ability to build skis. They CHOOSE to build their skis like they do. They could easily build a stiff powerful midfat that would smoke the competition, but that isnt what Salomon skier love about the skis.
Dont be blinded by ignorance or disgust for a particular company. The fact of the matter is that they have contributed to the ski industry in a huge way over the last 6 years. Nearly ever high end midfat after the Xscream was compared to it... most companies even adopted the same shape as the Xscream. You didnt see that happen with the PowerKarve, 4X4, or Bandit. Even now when you search this forum, what do people compare skis like the Scratch BC to?... the Pocket Rocket. The same will happen when you look into the twin tip market... the 1080 is the top ski... it is the name that people know as being the 'first.' Even though the Pilot system was a flop at first, look what it did for integrated bindings... did you even know what an integrated binding was until the pilot was released? No. Because there was no such thing. Many companies are still scrambling to develop a system to compete with the Pilot. Do some research and you will find that Salomon has been behind many major developments in the ski industry. They are not your average ski company.