Originally Posted by SierraJim
Here's a strategy that seems pretty common and works pretty well.
(1)Research research research......magazines forums etc.
(2)DEMO, DEMO, DEMO,
(3)Hopefully come to some conclusion.
(4)Wait for sales wait for sales wait for sales wait for sales
(5)Discover the cool ski you decided upon sold out in December
(6)Buy something else because it's on sale.......OR......Repeat steps 1-5
Anyone who says they can figure out from the reviews is fooling themselves. Reviews for the same skis two years running are often at odds with one another, and many of the ski / skiing reviews end up being reflective of ad space and not reality.
Regarding the quote, I agree on 1 and 2 as demoing is the only way to know what works for you.
Regarding 3, if you can't figure this out, then go back to playing golf.
For 4 and 5, no matter how popular the ski, there's usually some way to find it, either through the shops, the web, ebay or something. If I want it bad enough (Dynastar Skicross 10, 3 years ago), I'll pay (close to) retail, or if not, you can often get a year old one with a different topsheet. In that case I mentioned, if I had done a bit more reserach, I would have found the previous year's model much cheaper.
By demoing I found a few skis that I really liked, and coud ealiy live with for a season. - Dynastar 8k, 8.8k, Nordica Top Fuel Hot Rod, Volkl AC3, AC4. They're all available, although the hype on the Volkl's made them harder to find. That was OK, The Dynastar's were my favorite anyway.
If I hadn't demoed, maybe I'd have believed the Metron hype.