Originally Posted by gonzostrike
Bandit Man can be such a wet blanket some times...
I would agree with him that it's not necessary, and not optimal.
Yeah...I love being the antagonist!
I have had fats with and without lifters and I have found that I prefer the non-lift mode. On the other hand, I have solely been on twins or 90-mm+ waisted fats for going on four seasons now, so skiing without lifters is just how I do it. I do prefer that closer to the snow feel.
A while back, when shapes were coming into their own, the buzz was that lift helped avoid boot drag (dragging boots into the snow) at the more extreme angles available to shaped skis. Then the pitch was that you get more leverage, which I pretty much agree with. The later seems to be what folks are after these days.
On some skis, the lifters are heavy add-ons, like on the Sollie PE2 plate. Others are just cheap plastic and get you a bit more leverage, as mentioned. If it floats your boat (or skis), go for it. I'm just saying you can do it just fine w/o them.