Originally Posted by darekkkk
There are some new sandwich constructions in the head collection (including supershape). Looks interesting. On the other hand-don't you think that means admiting that traditional technology isn't worse than inteligence, chip system, liquid metal and so on?
Well, I don't think that by making sandwich skis they're saying that they're better than intelligence, chip system and liquid metal, since I think all of the SW skis do have intelligence fibers (although no chip models) and liquid metal. However, I think it does show a certain amount of confidence in their sandwich construction by the way they're putting it into more consumer-oriented products like the 1100SW/1200 and Supershape (except for Atomic, everyone makes sandwich race stock skis, since it's far easier to customize it for higher level athletes, and the benefits from mass producing a capped ski are moot as the race stock skis generally are made in low volume runs anyways).
Personally, at least in terms of Head skis, I think that the sandwich skis are far better than their cap skis. That's not to say that cap construction will be going anywhere. As Atomic has shown, it's certainly possible to get high performance skis with a cap construction. And for more practical concerns, cap construction is simply much cheaper to produce in large quantities, so for anything short of top of the line gear, it's not going to be replaced by sandwich construction.