|Originally posted by SnoKarver:
...I'm curious, what's the fattest ski with the biggest sidecut/smallest radius ski out there, gear heads? Is there a mid-fat with a turning radius around 10 meters?
Head xp100? Something like 123/68/106.
Tom / PM
PS (in edit) - Don't forget that any ski with an extremely wide tip and tail and narrow waist will be almost unsupported in the middle in deep powder, so, unless it is *very* stiff (for your weight), it will flex deeply. That runs the serious risk of (a) making the ski too turny in these conditions, and (b) letting you sink in so deeply (in these conditions) that the increase in drag from the skis and your legs is untolerable.
Also, don't forget that in deep powder, sidecut has almost no (direct) effect on your turn radius - longitudinal flex and angle-of-attack (in both planes) is the important factor.
One important advantage of a stiff, deeply sidecut design is that when you transition from powder to densely packed snow and go from the above condition (turning on your bases) to turning on your edges (where sidecut IS important), the abrupt change in turn radius that often happens will be minimized. Put differently, this is one reason why relatively stiff skis are prefered for cruddy, cut-up conditions. Such skis will be somewhat less forgiving with respect to fore-aft weight changes in untracked powder, but to me, this is a very small price to pay.[ October 07, 2002, 09:47 AM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]