So I went out and compiled a list of the fattest of the fats to see where this all is going, with the following results for waist measurement:
Line Prophet 130mm
Volkl Sumo 125 mm
K2 Pontoon 130 mm
Atomic Thug 120mm
Atomic Big Daddy 125mm
Don't know if there are any others that I have missed (and please feel free to add to the list), but it seems like we are heading for 120mm and over underfoot to really qualify as "super-fat". These things make skis that I would have previously considered fat, like my Rossi Scratch BC's and Volant FB's, or the Gotama or Seth Vicous, look malnourished at 98mm or so underfoot.
Elan M1111 121mm
This raises a number of questions in my book:
First, how fat can we go, is there some point where the float leads to a loss of speed?
Second, are skiers getting so heavy that we need things this wide to stay afloat?
Third, are these things good for anything but deep powder and back country (I can't imagine anything but sliding a turn on hardpack in something this wide)?
Four, what do we do for brakes on these (I can't seem to find regular production brakes that go bigger than 115mm)?
Five, if these things are mostly for backcountry, does anyone make skins to fit them, or are they just heli skis?
Looking forward to others thoughts here.
Six, and most important, anybody skied any of these, and if so, what did you like or dislike about a specific model?