Originally Posted by Mike G
Never tried twin tips and have no plans to be a trickster in the terrain park but have been told to demo a few pairs. Are they any different in bumps or off-piste compared to a traditional ski?
All I have gathered is they usually ski a bit short which makes sense I guess. Any recommendations for a good off-piste and quick turner (for bumps)?
One pain about twins is they don't lean against the wall (or stick in the snow) as easily as traditional tails. They also tend to throw a rooster tail when up on edge (can annoy others). You'll also notice them when you cross your tails. Otherwise, they generally ski/feel just like non-twins.
The main purpose of twins is to ski/land backwards. If you don't have reverse in your gearbox, you may not need twins. I ski forward 97% of the time, but sometimes it is fun to go backwards just to learn how, so I decided to get tips in back.
There are two basic types of twin tips: symmetrical and non-symmetrical. Parksters like center mounted symmetrical twin tips for easier spinning and switch riding.
For a non-parkster, I'd recommend demoing non-symmetrical twins: longer tip, shorter tail (traditional ski shape). Also usually a wider shovel (tip) than tail (again, traditional ski shape). Lots (most?) of twins actually fall into this category (Volkl Mantras, Gotamas, Bridges, etc.).