responding to an earlier thread about what are the in skis this year, I touched on my bias for skis with less, rather than more side-cut. (though when I go out on my Atomic Red Sleds, just for the heck of it, I can understand why the engineers have been working on that phenom quite a bit since the '80s. With those 195s, one has to skate into the new arc, step up that is, or lift and airplane into the next arc; try to drive the turn without something extra to initiate and you will find yourself on the inside of the arc praying for some big time Gs to hold you up, but I digress) example: I got to demo some AC4s. I found it have perfect flex and a powerful tail, but I have a gripe about the side-cut up toward the tip; there is way too much side-cut up front, causing the ski to pull you around like a bull terrier tugging on the leash . Otherwise , the ski was cool, and to me that is a major shame. I would prefer they tone down the side-cut to the tip and let you vary the arc by differential pressure and drive. The way the ski is configured now, I feel stuck in an arc designed in the factory, pretty freakin' far away from the face of our local mountain. What do ya's think? And have you ever put that ski on your shoulder for a long boot pack, more like several per day? All that cap shape, or whatever that cross section represents carves a notch right into your shoulder (trapezious?), not a big deal, but enough to keep me from buying it the way we hike around here.
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10/26/07 at 2:45pm