Originally Posted by NZskier
CheckR, why did you choose not to participate in the ski test linked above?
It has nothing to do with the quality of the test nor with its methodology.
They were mostly private reasons.
The only reservation I have generally is:
if you are one of many testers you are just one of many and a member of a team. You test according to some strict schedule: not what you would like to, when the schedule says so - not always when the conditions are appropriate let alone optimal.
You rarely find stable conditions all the time you´re testing in late March or early April.
In the past I sometimes had to test allmountain skis on early-morning frozen corn and race skis 3 hours later when the snow was turning into slush.
Or recreational skis with excellent weather and GS race skis when the sight was poor.
Recreational skis on hardpack and race skis when new fresh snow was calling for 75+ allmountains.
Individually, you would never demo/test skis that way. As a part of the "testing machine" you can´t always have the luck to be in the team with the optimal schedule and, subsequently, conditions.
As one of many testers you are not there to get the best personal testing experience but to provide your small share to the final result.
It´s not a big problem for the test if your race ski results from slush or fresh snow are of not much validity because there are lots of other results from people who tested in good conditions.
Otoh, it IS a problem for YOU because you don´t really know what the skis are like.
I prefer being the SUBJECT testing: what, when and the way I want.