Your shape and construction go together. The shape determines the load, and the construction carries the load.
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1/16/08 at 3:26pm
You are correct. Changed. IMHO, you were in the back of my thought process when I thought of this. In your purchase process, do you look at the construction or shape first and what is your deciding factor?
Hum...I really look at both together. It's the whole package vs. the intended use that really matters.
When I am looking for a new ski, I pick shape first. The shape or dimensions give an idea of the classification.
My Sterlings are a midfat GS ski classification. In cars, a classification might be like a CrossOver SUV. By looking at that classification, one can get a rough idea of how the product should perform and what conditions it should be best in.
I think what really makes a ski work is it’s construction and materials. These elements produce different stiffness, weight, flex pattern, damping, etc.. The materials must be tuned to the shape to make a ski perform at its best.
For instance, the Sterlings use a shape that is rather common or one could say 'proven'. In fact, if the shape had been much different, I might not have bought them. I really like the GS midfat shape. I have owned three pairs of skis with similar shape; Volkl AC3, Dynastar 8000 and the Stockli Stormriders. They all have similar characteristics but their performance is completely different. The AC3s did what they were designed to do but were unimpressive. The 8000 for me are a step up in crud, powder and speed. The Stormriders were another step up, they are versatile across all types of skiing without any major weakness. The Sterlings are yet another step up, similar to the Stormriders, but with a lot more performance packed in them. Four skis with similar shapes but like night and day in their true performance output.
I feel that most ski shapes have been explored, some work, some don’t. When shape / dimensions are similar, I think what sets one ski apart from another is the quality of materials and the way the materials are combined. These two factors have a major effect on the overall feel of the ski. Some skis hit the mark and some don’t even come close.
In summary, shape tells me what the ski should be capable of, materials and construction determine how the skis really performs.