It never had a big following but the Miller Soft showed up about 70. It was the first ski I can remember being built to be skied i n shorter lengths and compensating with increased width. That was a pretty radical concept, being able to go from a 210 to a 185 without loosing the floatation. That ski deserves a little love here too; they changed the game, they just did not win it.
Within about 2 years lots of the World Cup coaches were bombing around on short VR27s? and the likes.