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what makes a good ski review?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
tis the season and I was wondering what you like and don't like

Give me three sections: first one is

What I like:
dims, sizes, characteristics, where tested, who tested yata,yata yata

What I dont like:
stupid commentary, no having size tested, yata, yata, yata

What I wish they would... embedded video,establish better classifications, more info about construction
Thanks
post #2 of 13
Of course I want to know all the raw data like tip,waist, tail, length tested, turn radius.

Flex characteristics might be nice to have too.

Some more tangible data, like what speed the sweet spot is and what speed it begins to feel unstable, and where it falls apart - in miles per hour or kph, or even furlongs per fortnight instead of "high speed"

Direct comparison with other skis in the category, tell me which one is softer than which other one.

I'll think of more to add later.
post #3 of 13
Numbers.

Nothing says "I know what I'm talking about" like Numbers (with decimal points!!) . Graphs are good too. Put numbers on a graph and high lite with colors and I'll believe anything.
post #4 of 13
Although I can appreciate good exposition of the written word, even the best ski reviews tend to bore me in short order. They are ok to give me a general idea of the performance category of the ski, but what some other person thinks about a ski just doesn't do it for me. I have to try the ski myself on the hill. Then again I'm not a gear geek and use stuff obtained at swaps.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
but what some other person thinks about a ski just doesn't do it for me.
Indeed. They should also tell you what they noticed about the ski that made them think that. Why didn't they like it? What exactly did it do or not do that they didn't like (or liked).
post #6 of 13
How they skied in different terrain. What the flex pattern of the tips,tails and overall flex felt like in said terrain.

What Ghost already said
post #7 of 13
[quote=GarryZ;939016]How they skied in different terrain. What the flex pattern of the tips,tails and overall flex felt like in said terrain.

That's the thing about the tests, they typically have one run roped off at the resort and that run is where the ski is tested. As a result, you really don't get much of a versatility profile on the ski.
post #8 of 13
I would like to know how the ski is tuned (i.e. base bevel & edge angles).

For comparative testing within a given group, I would like to see all the skis set up with the same tune.
post #9 of 13
Specs and construction materials and technologies employed with graphics illustrating any break through innovations. Who tested it, their stats. Bevels confirmed at time of testing and all skis tested should be prepared the same way. Lots of pretty pictures.
post #10 of 13
I would like multiple people, with different skiing abilities, and different skiing preferabilties i.e. likes to ski powder, moguls, groomed, trees and such. Or within a certain genre of ski, powder ski, for instance, have multiple reviewers with an expertise in skiing that type of snow for that type of ski.

This makes a lot more sense in my head than in writing.
post #11 of 13
Specific flex and stiffness charateristics, including tip, front, underfoot and tail. If they would just give an adequate despription of tail stiffness I could eliminate a good portion of the skis from consideration on that factor alone.

I don't put much value on the subjective opinions of most testers, so hard test data would be more useful for comparison shopping.
post #12 of 13
Pics of naked hotties skiing them!

Yaga...
post #13 of 13
See any review by dawgcatching.

He nails it every time.
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