Originally Posted by Dauntless
I did not get to ski the 12ft last year. How does it compare to the 10ft I did ski? The dealer near me has them both on sale for the same price. I have been shopping around for these on the internet since last season and most dealers have approximately a $200 premium on the 10ft. This leads me to believe (possibly incorrectly) that the 10ft was more in demand than the 12ft.
Go for the 12ft. You will like the extra 5mm underfoot. Doesn't sacrifice it's ripping abilities on the hardpack and will give you more float than the 10fts. Also, the 10ft has a nasty ass topsheet here in the states. You cant buy the slick gloss black version over here.
The fact that they separate Euro and US markets may be an issue as well. Overall though, they simply need to consolidate their lineup instead of expanding. If they continue to make their cap skis wider and wider, they are going to make their free ride line less successful, which will also hurt sales a bit. As for the switch, they should keep it for the top models only and make it the only option. The women's line should be consolidated as well, every shop I go into in March/April has pro-dominatly Women's skis left on the racks.
I'm quite sad that they would cut the AC40, it was the best selling ski of the year for them, I couldn't find a pair in the state for sale when February/March came around. I was left for the TS12s instead :/.