Well, before we began producing the Machete line, we did some "research". That included traveling to the X-Games and the US Freeski Open and watching the competition. Most of the breakage we saw was from riders looping out and driving the tails into the snow. This would snap off the composite tail bars that were the standard at the time. As the engineers worked out the shapes and flex patterns for the Machete line, we were putting the stock composite tail bars on the test skis. Shane and the other sponsored riders were beginning to break the tail bars landing funny in the switch position. It was decided that since the Huckster was really the ski that the big mountain riders would be on most of the time and they were landing cliff drops switch, we would go with a less fragile aluminum tail bar and increase the bond characteristics in the tail of the ski to resist delamination. It worked. We had far fewer failures from those big mountain guys looping out. Also if you remember, the technique of the time was to hip check those big drops, but if they got blown into the back seat they would land flat on their back. In both scenarios, breakage went way down on the test skis. So we put it in the line that way.