Assuming the trend continues, a few interesting things happen...because full reverse and rockered skis do not need a ton of power to bend them into their basic turning shape. They are already there. Or most of the way there. In addition, these skis also tend to run "fatter" - even as they evolve from creatures of powder to all mountain use.
A few seasons of family experience with reverse camber and rockered skis makes me think a few bits of "common wisdom" may need some revisiting.
Ski stiffness: We usually think of "expert" skis as relatively stiff and highly cambered. And there are reasons for that given how regular shaped skis behave. Especially on groomers. But this is not the case with more modern skis. Watching some pretty darn good skiers on EP Pros and Hell Bents makes me wonder if (to a point) tomorrow's expert skis will be relatively soft - allowing a skier to manage a range of radii with relatively subtle movements. Whereas, relatively, stiffer skis will allow people to get a feel for carving because such skis will be more amenable to locking in a carve & letting someone just cruise it.
Boot stiffness: Again, there is no longer the same need to power through the tips. So what is the point of a boot whose primary mission is to push all that power to the tips to it can be applied to flexing the entire ski? Rolling a modern ski engages an edge already in (or partially in) its turning shape. And it engages that edge much closer to the skier. Sometimes right under foot. So there's an argument to be made for softer boots - maybe with a greater stance range - oriented toward facilitating position changes rather than "driving".
Bindings: This has been discussed a bit before even in the context of conventional fatter skis... Dropping skinnier skis allows more degrees of freedom in design. And at a minimum allows a more stable interface to evolve by widening the platform and the screw pattern. Why not just drop everything shy of 90 mm or so? And this of course leads to the question of the boot/binding interface - and what that would look like if freed from the past - & how wide it should be...
I'm not sure where things will really land. I'm not saying that all expert skis will end up being total noodles. Nor am I saying that everyone will be skiing in 4E width tennis shoes. But I'm pretty convinced that the design trend in ski "shape" has implications not only for technique, but for a variety of aspects of ski design/construction. And for other related pieces of equipment like boots & bindings.
I think we'll see some interesting changes in equipment the next few years -- and in our assumptions about what represents "expert" or "enthusiast" level equipment. Heck - many assumptions about "beginner" equipment & instruction may get turned on their heads.
Crazy? Or not crazy? Other implications I missed?
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