Originally Posted by comprex
I would still like a 'BROWSE ALL' feature that does just that.
If you head over to the Men's Alpine Ski category, you can indeed browse all of the skis in every subcategory at once. Just scroll down below the subcategory listings (about a third of the way down the page). The same can be seen for Women's Alpine Skis.
Originally Posted by Noodler
I agree - it's been a problem in the industry for some time now. Your idea of an "all mountain" ski may not be the same as mine (or someone else). Calling the skinniest skis "carvers" makes absolutely no sense any more either with the ability of many "plus size" skis able to carve just fine.
I'd like to see this thread begin a discussion of how to categorize skis in a new way that makes sense to everyone and puts skis in categories that are kind of self-documenting.
You're right, Noodler! It's been pretty hard to figure out how to categorize the skis in a way that makes sense. There seems to be quite a bit of terminology and overlap. It will be great to get the advice from the community on how to appropriately structure the Alpine Ski category (in particular).
Before we launch into talking about which terms to use...let me introduce two different things we can do to help browsability: sub-categories and filters.
Currently, the Alpine Ski categories are divided into sub-categories (Men's Power Skis, Men's All-Mountain Skis, etc). Sub-categories look like the image to the right:
On the other hand, there is also the option for filters. Filters come into play on the spec table on each product (or resort) page. Typically, filterable specs are pre-set drop down menus so that folks can simply select the most fitting spec (so that similar products can be grouped together).
An example of a "Type" filter can be seen in Men's Ski Apparel. Along the left hand side of the product list, you'll see the filters (left image, below). Then on a given product page, one the specs table, you'll be able to change the "Type" (in this case) as you can in the right hand image below.
So now, this opens up the question of...how should we group skis together for easy browsing? Should those groups be split up into sub-categories? Should they be filters? A combination of the two?
If we go straight sub-categories or straight-filters, those will function much the same way. But instead of having the small thumbnails and sub-category names (as you see now), you'll simply have filters along the left-hand side (as with Men's Apparel).
If we have a combination of the two, we could have larger "buckets" and then filters to further narrow down. For example, on the Salomon website, in their Freeski category, they have sub-divisions for Big Mountain and Park & Pipe. Would it make sense to have an All-Mountain category and then under that have filters for Big Mountain/Powder, Mid-Fats, All Terrain, etc? And do away with the Powder category? Does it make any sense at all to have "Twin Tip" be a separate category? Should that be a spec, regardless of how we deal with all the other categories?
The input from the community will be absolutely invaluable here. Let me know what you think and I'll try to fix up the categories so that expert skiiers (and re-learners like myself) can find what they're looking for.