|then yours are special, as in testing on a 30 second course national development team athletes are as a rule 1-3 seconds faster on the public/oversize version of the side version of their race ski (and it is a technique that shifty brand managers will use to keep athletes on a brand or conversely get them to switch)
When was the last time you saw a 30 second FIS GS course?
|again in casual testing the 9XPPS was faster than the WC ski
Hate to do this, but I question your ability to bend a ski (or ski for that matter but I'll stick with bend a ski for now)... If we are talking in a flat "nastar" type course, of course a ski with a huge sidecut will be faster. In a course with FIS pitch, and FIS speed, your 17m radius skis are going to be hooking so much and make you so miserable that you will leave them in the parking lot when you go home.
Regarding the 105lb girl - that I would say is a special case that would require appeals to be made to FIS. But, I dont think that (thinking GS) if a young girl that size were to ski on a 170 or 175 (still turning at 21) that should would be held back too much - especially if it was a ski as soft as the Rossi race skis - why do you think you see so many girls skiing on
The ski designs that you are talking about occured at a time in the industry that equipment was changing drastically. FIS didn't know what to do because everything that everyone had known about skiing was thrown out the window. There were new "shaped" skis coming into racing and no one knew what the hell to do with them, or how to regulate them. If you recall, most of the initial Salomons and Rossis that were used in the WC were 168 or 170 (and some 177's). The shorter lengths didn't appear for at least another season, which was when you started seeing the 160's in USSA. Only for a season or two did WC athletes run 155's, and most of them had prematurely switched to at least 160's by the end of the second season in anticipation of the rule change.
GS has always stayed in the 190's range - maufacturers are just building better skis. The racers are faster on the longer ones - so they ski on them - god forbid they should want to go fast... Whats next a speed limit in the course, and if you go to fast you're a DSQ?
The industry has since become a much more stable entity in terms of equipment. We have settled in on standards, that for now work (accept for the 105lb girl category). But given where the 105lb girl category lies in the normal distribution of skiers out there, I'm certain that percentage-wise the bases are covered pretty well. If appeals are allowed - then fine - whats the problem?
Just because you can't carve a 180cm or 185cm ski with a 21m to 25m turning radius doesn't mean that most ski racers out there can't. Most skiers could never fathom the amount of skill that racers possess to pilot their skis - but they love to talk like they do...