|Originally posted by buzzy:
For some skis a porsche is a bad analogy. We are talking in some instances of a hatchback driver trying to control an F1 racer, or a level or two below that, maybe Formula 5000.
This is exactly the point I'm trying to make. While anyone could drive
an F1 car, in the strict sense of the word, driving an F1 car with any degree of performance or precision would be highly unlikely for most of us mere mortals. And, as much as I would love
the opportunity to take a spin in a contemporary F1 car, I'm confident my lap times would be just this side of a motorized boat anchor - even when compared to the backmarkers. Though, of course, my ego says otherwise.
While any skier would be able to ski
a racing ski - in the strictest sense of the word - skiing a high performance or racing ski without the strength and skills to make the ski work
is extra work for the skier.
I like a ski to "talk back" to me, to give back the energy I have loaned
to the ski. Ideally, I get repaid with interest because the ski is designed to store and release a lot of energy. A ski is unforgiving
when - whether intentionally or accidently - a skier's input is released from the ski and the skier doesn't know how to utilize the energy. Watch a World Cup slalom race and see what happens when the best racers in the world get in the back seat; the massive energy release jets the skier forward and often out of the course.
When the lower skill skier wants to slide or skid a turn, the racing ski wants to hook-up and carve a turn. Will racing skis slide or skid turns? Yes. Will they do it as easily as a lower performance ski in the hands of the less adept? No.
As Oboe stated, the performance envelope of skis today is much larger than in years past. Today's contemporary performance skis promise to talk back to you in a language you
can understand. But, when it's the end of the day and your hearing is impaired, you won't feel like you have made a deal with the [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
As Indiana Jones' father said in the Temple of Doom"CHOOSE WISELY"
[img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img][ March 06, 2003, 09:57 PM: Message edited by: Inspector Gadget ]