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How to Demo?

post #1 of 9
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It takes me all day to figure out what a new ski wants from me.

Some of you seem to be able to decide if you like a ski in 1 run. That implies to me that you can figure out in the first 100 yards how to ski that particular ski.

How do you do that?

Do you adjust your technique to the ski, or do you just not like the ski if it doesn't respond to your usual technique?

Inquiring minds want to know.
post #2 of 9
It usually takes me several ski days to figure out a ski.

It only takes me a run or two to get a new ski dialed in on a given groomer and in a specific snow condition. I then like to check it out on different terrain (eg, steep and shallow slopes, bumps, etc.). If possible, I like to ski the run immediately before, and immediately after the demo on a pair of skis that I know well. This calibrates me to the snow conditions, how I'm feeling that day, etc. All the above can easily be done in a half-day of skiing.

However, I consider versatility to be extremely important in any pr of skis I'm considering for purchase. Because of this, I consider it almost essential to test a pair of skis on an adequate variety of snow conditions (eg, soft snow, crud, normal groomed PP, and hardpack/ice), it usually takes at least two or three separate ski days to encounter such diverse conditions.

Tom / PM
post #3 of 9
The last pair of skis I demoed, I knew they were for me and had to have a pair before I finished my first run (2000' vertical). This was a pair of Head XP100's which is an exceptional ski (read some of the threads on them for comments).

Other skis I've demoed just didn't turn my crank enough to say they were that much better than what I already had.
post #4 of 9
The most important thing to know as the demoer is what type of ski you want, and therefore what characteristics you want in a ski. You don't need to know specifics about any certain ski, but with a list of criteria, the demo tech (like myself) can best recommend a model and length that best suits you. Once you have the selected ski, you should be able to tell if the ski does what you want it to, be it floatation, carving, stability, ice hold etc within a few runs. There will be compromises, since no one ski does everything at 100%, but there are plenty that perform to most criteria at 90%. A great ice ski will not have great floatation, but saying that, there are mid fats (with waist widths to 85mm) that offer high floatation and still have great hold when the snow gets firm.

The worst thing is going in blind. Just saying you're an expert and you want a ski might just get you something that doesn't work for you. There are more information resources available through the internet than even last year, so a little research on your part can narrow the field of candidates for your next ski.
post #5 of 9
Wouldn't your ability to tell how well the ski performs depend on your experience and the condition of your old equipment too? Personally, I've only skied on maybe 3 different kinds of skis, two of which were rentals, but when I steped from an entry level boot to a high intermediate boot, I could tell a difference on my first turns. My skis were more stable, my carving imporved almost instantly, and I became more confident in my overall skiing ability.
post #6 of 9
I can normally tell if I like a ski with the first 50 feet. I demo for myself not as a shop rep. I tend to know what I'm demoing, so maybe I go in with a preconcived thought's. I tend to demo only high end all mountain skis or friends race skis. Last year at a demo day, I could tell within skiing from the demo tent to the lift that I would like the XX, SL11, and SX11. I later skied the SX11 for a whole day and changed my mind on buying it. This year I liked the Elan M10 in 176cm with in 20 feet, it felt like my G3. I had skied the M10 in 168cm in the morning and liked it but didn't feel at home. The Volkl AX3 was another instant love.

I ski over 70 days a season and I'm very detail orientated. May be the type person you are affects how you feel about different skis. Are you a book keeper, or engineer, artistic, or technical? Do you buy a car because you need one or do you buy a car because you want one.
post #7 of 9
I'm a pretty analytic sort (being an analyst by profession!) and tend to look at things categorically. So, when I demo'ed a bunch of different types of skis this season, I took a pretty systematic approach. First I determined what I wanted to do on the skis - what I wanted them to excel at and what was not so important. Then, I did some research to determine which TYPES of skis I wanted to try (not necessarily brands). Then, I made a target list of the specific skis I wanted to try. Taking the criteria that I had set in step 1, I tried to test how any one ski performed against that criteria over a few runs. Once I found a ski I liked, I tried to ski it in different lengths, again trying to go over the same terrain and making the same kinds of runs - always coming back to that set list of criteria.

All that being said, I do think once you've been on a bunch of different skis, you get a feel for how they will behave and how they "feel" under you pretty quickly!

Hope that helps and good luck.
post #8 of 9
I go purely on aesthetics! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #9 of 9
yup, go for the blue one!
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