Originally Posted by quant2325
I've concluded a foam core is like toilet paper. Most people expect a 2-ply, but a really well made 1-ply will get the job done just as well provided the skis stay in the press long enough (e.g., Stockli). With wood, there is a greater chance of inconsistency from ski-to-ski, so additional testing is required for the highest level of QC. Sure, most of my skis are sandwiched with a wood core. But my synthetic cored/fiberglass- layerd fat skis (at least at the time I bought them they were fat) haven't lost camber, they edge well on hardpack, and they are damp through the choppy stuff. A 1-ply can work, too.
I'm really glad you cleaned, I mean cleared that up for me. Two things seem not advantageous for powder, stiffness and rebound (liveliness, energy, whatever). I have enjoyed the B-Squad because it doesn't react to anything, just neutrally plows along.
Originally Posted by FujativeOCR
My Hart Barhoppers (102mm) have no metal in them. I initially complained about it to Hart, as it hurt their performance on non-powder immensely, but the more good powder days I got, I realized why. The BarHopper is a normal camber ski, but very slightly. It's so soft that just laying it on the ground (with no bindings), it will lie flat under it's own weight. When it gets into the deep, it pretty much bends itself into a mild reverse camber/rocker shape, giving it extra lift (if you believe such things happen). If it had metal and was stiff, it would maintain it's normal camber shape and not float as easy. It's one of those compromise thingies. It helps it in powder, hurts it elsewhere.
Exactly what I found with the Sixth Sense Huge. Flat camber with just enough soft flex (somewhere) to reverse when you're smearing powder all over. And for me this is TOTALLY A DESIGNATED SKI for powder. It will never, ever have to go out on a day with less than a good layer of fresh, and it's just trad enought to get around the mountain at speed while in the hunt for the goods.
Thanks for the thoughtful comments, guys.