|Originally posted by AarHead:
Inevitably it will be purchased by people who only think they are good enough for the ski.
I'm sure it's true for most if not all manufacturers; they create a ski that works beautifully, is so perfect for John or Jane Skier. But Mr. or Ms. Skier pass over their ideal ski in favor of what's hot in the marketplace.
Volkl's Carver Motion, Ski magazine's ski of the year in the very recent past and renamed the energY 420 for this year, skis really, really well; last year it was a wall flower, languishing in the shadow of the T50 Five Star Supersport. We, the consuming public, are not totally at fault. Last year Volkl touted the 5 Star in print media with their Tabasco theme - hell, we passed out tiny bottles of Tabasco at demo events! Why? Because they're <font color=red>hot!</font> This year, it's firecrackers and the 6 Star Supersport.
I'm confident that not every ski purchase is the result of an inflated ego fueled by a similarly fat wallet. I also concede that it's always fun to buy new toys - the cool ones. Is it wise to buy a ski that affords room for advancement to avoid instant obsolescence? Yes, definitely. But I also think that there is a mind-set among some that believe "these new skis will make me a better skier."
Money that might be better spent on a lesson? Probably. But it's a quick fix to get new toys rather than feeding your brain.
Sorry about the rambling rant, I'll step off my soapbox now.
edited for a modicum of balance :
[ November 12, 2003, 08:29 AM: Message edited by: Inspector Gadget ]