three percent? Do you feel it? don't know
Yup, save the dough ray me. You will not miss whatever ski you don't buy and will be totally stoked on the ones you actually ski on.
But, as usual, the forums provide a surplus of misinformation from time to time. For example the tip width is identical
is simply not true. (the difference at the tip is 3mm) When you are researching, look hard at the info only after looking harder at the veracity of the info.
It might be interesting to determine whether 3% of increase in the surface area of a pair of skis translates into 3% of increased float. Years ago I went from 86 to 95 mm and the difference is 10%, and the performance difference is huge. Now, my math is also suspect, so if you need truth and accuracy, check out everything