Ski reviewing is simply describing a ski’s attributes compared to the baseline ski. The baseline ski is an imaginary amalgamation of every other high end ski previously ridden. The skis that are easiest to write about are the skis with very distinct personalities. On side or off side turns are unique, the skier must exert extra skill or strength to get wide or perhaps almost no effort or skill to get wide and so on... The list of possible personality traits is long.
I will go a step further and say that I find skis with unique attributes to be interesting and fun to ride. It is a challenge to understand what is required to excel on a ski that is unusual. Riding various skis has forced me to be flexible and to work on things I might not have spent time thinking about.
The next ski that I have to write a formal review for is the D3 Quest. I am horrified because I simply do not have any idea what I am going to write.This ski's strength is its refinement. When I ski on the Quest I do not have to think about the ski at all. I have pretty much felt at home on the Quest since day one and am having the best start of a ski season ever. “Freak’n Awesome” is not a valid description but honestly that is about all I have at this point. I mean this ski is really really freak’n kick ass. I ran a legit 38 off today and it is not May yet.
I will find a way to describe this ski in a technical way but in the meantime I am loving it.