When I moved from the steeps of Fernie to the flatter slopes of Mt. Bachelor, I thought it was time to keep my eye out for a deal on a mega mondo fat monster ski. I found it in an ebay deal….a 2008 Atomic big daddy, 190 cm, 145-125-129mm, $260. That should keep me afloat on the flats. The reason they were so cheap is the 2009 ski has reverse camber. I’ll only have as much fun as people had last year.
We’ve had 27 inches in a day and a half, so I’ve been able to use them a fair bit. They suck on the groomers, and the deeper the snow, the easier they are to turn. By the time they are in the snow they are meant for they are amazingly, absurdly, ridiculously easy to turn. You can turn them conventionally, windshield wiper them, push the tip, push the tail, pivot on a dime around the tightest trees. Forward, back, evenly weighted doesn't much matter. These skis are so easy to use hardest thing to do is get a good day's exercise.
So, the reverse camber, reverse sidecut is supposed to make them easier to turn, particularly pivot. What would the point of that be? They turn by sheer mental telepathy, and they don’t need to suck on the runouts any more than they already do.
I should confess I haven’t been on a rocker/reverse ski, but ignorance never prevented anyone from posting here. So what is the point of those water skis?