2nd- Friends I ski with
3rd- Online reviews
I'm with SierraJim and the majority on this one!
I also agree that a relatively solid format is a good idea. Those that put up quite a few reviews tend to use this, like SJ, Dawgcatching, SSH, Noodler etc. I get alot from these individuals reviews.......................
And, now to be controversial... for most of us, go wider, shorter and softer .
(and be VERY aware of mounting point, but that's a whole 'nother thread...)
Height and Weight:
Ski the tester usually skis:
Ski being tested:
Category & DimensionsAMCARVPOW
1=Poor 2= Fair 3=Average 4=Very Good 5=Excellent
Tested Length Felt:
Too ShortJust RightToo Long
Ski Sidecut Felt:
Too MuchJust RightToo Little
Ski Flex Felt:
Too SoftJust RightToo Stiff
Best Described As:
TC, this thread is about the importance of knowing the reviewer's skill level. Don't you think you should include your level? My spin is that a review from someone at my level maybe more helpful than one from an expert.
I feel like I need a couple of days to really get the sense of whether I like a ski or not. For instance, my current faves are a pair of 186 Fischer Big Stix 84s that I hated -- hated -- until my third day on them. If I'd demoed them, I never would have bought them. So instead, I tend to look for deals on skis that I can rationalize adding to my quiver, on the theory that if I love them that's great, and if I end up not liking them, at least I can offload them without a huge hit.
Even if it's a good review and the format is very good I think it's all irelevant.
We're all individuals with different heights, weight, abilities, different likes, different feel, different everything.
even if we are friends, ski alike, like to ski the same stuff, etc.