Originally Posted by carvemeister
Still looking for an answer to this aspect though: Why has the trend in GS skis been toward wider and wider skis.
Boot-out, I think. Generally not as big a concern to ordinary mortals as it might be to Bode Miller.
|So other than being mandated by FIS, what reason would there be to consider the longer radius GS ski for citizen type racing vs. a Cross ski?
[Citizen or masters]: The choice of sidecut radius isn't an entirely scientific matter of "this-is-GS-this-is-the-best-sidecut." It depends somewhat on user style and preference, as well as the type of course. Note that WC-level racers typically use skis with larger-radius sidecuts than the rules permit (25m+ vs. 21m). I can't claim to be any sort of authority on identifying the variables, but all other things being equal:
- straighter course = less sidecut (kind of obvious, I think)
- faster course (even if the turns are just tight) = less sidecut (more speed, more inclination)
- skier who angulates more = less sidecut.
At the end of the day, I don't know if there's necessarily a ton
of non-cosmetic differences between some of the high-end cross skis and the "cheater" GS skis.