|Originally Posted By Twinsdad+1
Shape skis are an improvement for many people and if you like skiing them great, but this thread has shown there are people on this board who look down on straight ski people. The attitude from them seems to be you are still skiing straight skis because 1) you want people to think you don’t need a shape ski or 2) you don’t know how to ski a shaped ski. My response to that nonsense is I still ski straight skis because I like the feeling I get from skiing them. I hear time and time again where people say “ I love carving on shape skis at high speed” and I love doing that also on straight skis but I also like the feel I get from straight skis when I drop into tight moguls. Or when I go quickly from 4m radius turns to 30m radius turns and back all within a few turns. Shaped skis are fine and they should exist but straight skis are fine also. One side note: If you think that straight skis can’t carve you are mistaken.
If the only criteria for a better ski is skiing faster (ie quicker time in a race) or putting down RR lines in the snow then the modern shape ski is hands down better but when I ski I’m not being timed and I’m not looking back at the snow to see RR lines, I’m skiing because of the wonderful feeling I get and I get that more from straight skis then I do from shaped skis. I ski for the feelings I get from it, the energy I get out of it - not for the way I look or what people think of me.
If you think that a straight ski can be skied the same as a shaped ski - you DO NOT know how to ski a shaped ski. Old school carves are essentially what are considered "scarves" these days. If you like the feeling - great - but that doesn't make them a better tool, or you a better skier... in fact it is just the opposite.
Most people who ski on straight skis still, do not know how to ski a shaped ski (most people who ski on shaped skis don't know how to ski them either though). That fact, is why most of them still prefer straight skis. The two tools are different, and do not ski a like. If you ski a shaped ski the same way that you would ski a straight ski, most likely you will hate it. You may be able to get by with old school technique on them, but you certainly aren't even getting to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their actual performance potential (especially a modern high end ski).
As far as better skiing is concerned, you won't get it on a straight ski... especially when you compare an expert on modern skis to an expert of 15 years ago on 15 year old gear. The shaped skis make a huge difference in what you can actually acheive on skis (carves, angles, float, quickness, etc). Ski technology advances every year, and the skis get better and better. I notice a huge difference in my race stock skis from one year to the next. I can do things on my newest slalom skis that I never thought I could do on my original short slalom skis in 2001.
Unfortunately most skiers don't understand the difference between straight and shaped skis - and especially how to get the most performance/advantage out of new skis. That is well, but those same skiers shouldn't go around touting that straight skis are better, just because they don't understand or know how to use a modern shaped ski. The truth is that many don't know how far you can actually push a shaped ski. Like I said above, ignorance is bliss.