fisheater wrote:Al, I really like my S-112, but it is very possible the S-98 may be the sweet spot between the S-88 and the S-112. Canna posted a nice review of the three from Ski Haus Steamboat, the reviewer put the s-88 more in the s-98 class.
I don't own any of these skis- have skied on older incarnations of them many times...The S-98 has the same waist as the S-88, but with much more sidecut and parabolic shape. The S-98- in my limited experience is much "turnier" than the 88. There is no effective difference in flotation between the 88 and the 98. I would much prefer the 112 over the 98 as it offers the "turniness" of the 98, but the 112 is wide enough to be an effective powder Nordic touring ski- IMO. The 98/88 are not wide enough for me to consider them powder skis- therefore, I would rather be on a narrower "turny" ski that is lighter and more responsive with light-duty boots. I would buy an 88 in a second for a distance-oriented powder ski if it came in lengths of 205+cm...
The reviewer seemed to indicate the s-78 was stiffer cambered and also noted that it was a straighter ski with less sidecut. I could use a waxless or kicker skinned k&g trail ski. Sometimes all I have is trail skiing, just not enough snow to make turns. I am happy just having a session of hot foreplay (k&g), I don't need to go downhill and make turns (going all the way) all the time. I am much happier tacking a kick through the trails in the woods, than not skiing at all.
The 78 will perform more like your USGI Combats than the wider, less cambered, and curvier skis.
Canna, thanks for the heads up on the e-99. I have read the positive reviews, I not quite ready to go to that class of ski. Maybe after I skied an e-109 or s-78, I may be ready for an e-99, just not now.
I think you might be really surprised by how light, responsive and fun a ski like E-99 is- a stiff double-cambered track ski it is not- it is finely tuned for the backcountry. If you really like the USGI Combat- you would love the E-99. The E-99 is certainly a XC-focused BC ski- but it is a ton of fun on the downhill!
Does anybody have any experience with the Rossignol BC 70?.
Stiff (stiffer than the E-99), double-cambered (more cambered than your USGIs), short...