Originally Posted by skier219
These may be the skis that go a little overboard with the combination of construction, width, and sidecut. We'll see. Hope I can demo them next fall!
I think this is about right. MHO is that the giant carvers are a bit overbuilt to be truly versatile soft/broken snow skis. The 'Cat and the BH are both better as front side skis than the Mantra because of far superior dampening. One should remember however that (at least IMO) this is a comparison that is a little unfair to the Mantra. The others are more sophisticated, plated, integrated, Flowflexed, etc skis whereas the Mantra is a simple flat laminate and is still quite a bit cheaper even when a binding set up is considered.
When I posted the thread about "giant carvers" a while back I was a little at sea as to what to put on the wall for next near. I usually buy about 40-50 models of flat tail men's skis and that's a lot, but I don't buy everything.
Since then, I've skied quite a bit on the 'Cat and a little more on the BH. More importantly to me is that I've gotten quite a bit of feedback from friends and customers whose opinions I respect. The 'Cat is a lot of ski, but it's not really hard to ski it's just BIG. The BH is more ski and I think is a bit much for most of my customers. In the interest of feeling out consumer reaction to these biggies, I'm only going to carry one example and it will be the Hellcat.
say that if I were forced at gunpoint to ski 60 MPH over rough, rock hard snow, I'd probably pick the Big Heat as the best tool.
Then again...........I'd probably just take the bullet............