Last year I was able to review 5 or 6 skis. This year I am almost done with my second review. I get a lot of comments about why it takes so long and why I insist on doing it the way I do it. If you want to understand the how and why read on. If you just want the darn S2 review – I swear I want it done more than you do.
The first thing the looms over my head is the possible impact of a review. Skis now cost an average of $1400. If I write something that impacts the sales of 100 skis that means I impacted $140,000 worth of business for the ski companies. 30,000 people visited last month BallOfSpray so I think it would be pretty easy to impact hundreds of skis sales. I take that seriously. I must be ready to stand behind anything I write.
Step # 1: I have to ski on a ski long enough to get out of any sort of honeymoon stage. The honeymoon stage is the first few rides on any new ski where whatever the ski does best is more apparent then what it does bad. Classic example is two skis that came out a few years ago that both had amazing Off Side turns but after a while I realized that I had traded other important attributes for a massive 1 ball.
Step #2: Define what I have to do differently on this ski verses other skis. Examples: Do I have to be more patient at exit of Off Side or perhaps will this ski let me be super impatient exiting Off Side without punishing me. Does this ski require that my handle control be extra good or does it get wide no matter what? How does that ski make me feel? Does it make me feel rushed or frantic? And so on…
Step # 3: I have to figure out how to describe what I feel. The goal is to paint a picture so you have an idea how the ski will work for you. I firmly believe there is no single best ski but there is a best ski for every skier. Descriptions like “It Rocks” does not help but saying a ski requires a lot of front foot pressure (or not) at On Side should help you choose a ski.
In the end you the skier need to try skis whenever you can. My goal is to give you an idea about what may or may not work for you.