Something I heard yesterday, 6-10" new, from a skier new to her S-7s. She was in the midst of making a lot of adjustments to her skiing and said that she couldn't get the feel for how she was supposed to end her turn without a strong tail to the ski to rebound off of.
I told her that I thought the turns end by pivoting and smearing without really setting the edge and tail of the ski. No rebound, more swivel and pivot.
Anyone relate to how she's skiing and the problem she's having? (She's not a real strong skier, kind of advanced experience level.)
Is that, if it's so, a deal breaker for anyone? Is the thinking of the tip rocker only models an answer to a perceived problem?
Skied the Gotama and 1010 back to back (hopeful to have the video up soon) and the Gotama was downright scary in the wrong conditions on the steeps. The ski doesn't want to turn and is totally untrustworthy, with no edge grip. I am moving down the hill slipping as much as I am moving across. I ski the same pitch very easily and cleanly on the 1010, the next run. It was obviously an issue with the ski, having little edge underfoot, and a ski that wasn't giving me any rebound at the end of the turn, so the uncoiling effect of releasing just wasn't there. I had to use rotary and up-unweighting to get them across the fall line. It didn't respond to old outside foot drawback and tipping at all: if you tried that move, it just weighted and ran. No edge hold on the outside leg either. If that is how skis such as that have to be skied, then I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole. Maybe they are limited to deep snow only? Even in the 6-8" of untracked, the 1010 was much more reliable and stable.
The old Gotama was great, so I don't see the point of "fixing something that wasn't broken". If you can't ski a ski on a steep pitch of soft windblown snow, or have it handle well in beat-up crud, then it isn't much of a resort ski.
Regarding rockered tips specifically: if the contact length is long enough and designed correctly, then it shouldn't be much of a drawback, besides simply shortening the contact length in firmer snow. This is more of an early rise tip design. The new stuff at the industry demo (new Kastle MX98, Sultan 94, Legend Pro XXL 115) all had that design and skied well, if not a little short for the given length. The 94 hardly had any early rise though. Even the current 1010 is an early rise design, and works as well as any rockered tip. Next year they are making it even more early rise and calling it rockered, but it looks very similar, just shorter contact area, to the current design.
Regarding your friend: pivoting seems weird on a high performance ski. The tail should be there for you; good skiers work the tail, and getting energy out of the tail is fun. Some heel-pushers I know love reverse camber skis because they can ski poorly and get away with it, but that is probably not what your friend is looking for. Have her try a more flat camber soft snow ski, with perhaps a bit of tip rocker, or just a regular early rise tip. It skis more like a regular ski.