I agree that as ski magazine tests go, Ski Canada has by far the best format. However, each year one or more companies do not participate for undisclosed reasons. This year it was Nordica, Scott USA, Salomon and Volkl.
Test improvement suggestions:
Show the construction of each tested ski using illustrations of the ski's cross section. The US ski magazines used to do this...It's interesting and also looks
For performance ski boots, include performance details such as forward lean, ramp angle, flex index under different loads and temperatures etc. At least the magazines should do it for top performance models. This is another once seen US ski magazine feature worthwhile bringing back.
IMHO, binding reviews have long been useless. Including information on performance models about stand height, delta angles and retention and release characteristics under specific loads would make them more meaningful.
I realize there may be certain advertising pressures on publishers
. Let the magazines continue to say what they think they must in their narratives to placate sponsors. However, including additional objective information on performance ski, boot and binding models could help bring that skiing segment back as readers.
Note: Edited for grammar, spelling and clarity but not necessarily for style. [img]redface.gif[/img][ September 16, 2002, 07:38 PM: Message edited by: Lostboy ]