Originally Posted by samurai
Don't fear. I have full confidence the 'short' ski lengths of today won't remain the limited options. I firmly believe 90% of ski manufacturers will offer super fats longer than 200 cm next year as they learn how to make these wider skis more tortionally stiff. Shorter will always be more popular, but they will also come in longer lengths in the future. I promise.
The manufacturers learning how to make wider skis such as the Gotama torsionally stiff enough to offer them in longer lenghts (i.e. 200-ish) may not be the real issue. On the TGR message boards, a Volkl insider stated that the reason the 197 Gotama was axed for this season was because of low Volkl dealer interest. Apparently, the 197 Gotama made its way into this season's dealer catalogues, but then not enough dealers expressed interest to warrant it's mass production.
So with that knowledge, I'm more of the opinion that ski manufacturers have more than enough know-how to make fatter skis torsionally stiff in said longer lengths........but it just might be that the market isn't there yet. Or if the market is indeed there, the people who are in charge of the purchasing (the dealers in this case) just might not be congnizant of it. Just my 2 cents.
oh also, I do agree with you when you say we'll start to see longer lengths in fatter skis such as the Gotama....but it just might take a little more time for people to come on board. In the meantime, if you want a long fatty, I believe that DP Skis is offering the Wailer 105 (105 waist) in a 198. The specs for the 105 are on their website, but I'm not sure if you can order it yet......