fisheater wrote:My assumption has been that Lilcliffy prefers the Annums for their performance getting to the downhill, and the next and the next after that.
Right you are about this assumption! I actually prefer the Annum/Guide as a powder XC ski (I would like it even better with a bit less sidecut- more width underfoot).
Me I'm a simple sort, and happy to make laps on a nice hill with nice snow
Your use of the S-112 makes sense to me- it is an excellent powder XCD ski- I find it more balanced on the xcountry-downhill spectrum than a ski like the Vector BC- especially if there is a significant distance approach to the yo-yo hill!
The stiffer flex pattern of the S-112 suggests a more effective "kick" than the the Annum/Guide...but I find the flex pattern of the Annum/Guide ideal for deep soft snow- I also find that the Annum/Guide tracks more like a xcountry ski...
I find both of these skis brutal as xcountry skis on a dense/hard base- but for completely different reasons. The Annum/Guide is too soft to offer any "kick" on a dense base (BRUTAL)- like shuffling along on limp sticks. The S-112 has more resistance underfoot- but when I stride forward I find the edge/sidecut constantly engaging causing the ski to want to turn- rather than track straight (ANNOYING).
BUT- as a powder XCD ski- I think that the S-112 meets that balance much better than the Annum/Guide.
Very interested in the performance of the S-125....