Johnny wrote:Really? Gee the S98 is so freaking easy to turn... Much easier than 10th Mtns, Guides or Findrs... But again, just impressions- not based on any real measurably tests...
My bad- I was speaking specifically of the S98 and the Epoch in terms of XC performance. I find them both very easy to turn as well. I just meant that at my weight and/or performance expectations I find them both wanting in the XC dimension. And I certainly cannot push them downhill like I can the Storetind. To me a boot like the T4 is a bit of a waste on skis like the S98/Epoch- or, rather these skis are not torsionally rigid enough to take full advantage of a Telemark boot and binding. But on moderate terrain and ideal snow both the S98 and the Epoch are great- I just find them too narrow to offer any float in deep soft snow and I find the soft round flex of the Epoch completely unstable in deep snow- the stiffer S98 is a bit better- but not as good as the S112- at least for me!
With the same waist as the S98 but with wider tips, I suspect the new Asnes RABB 68's to be even better... They look like Ultimate Turning Machines...!
Of this I have no doubt- if they are as stable as the ST- you will be able to burn a strip right off the mountain!