fisheater wrote:lilcliffy wrote:lowangle al wrote:I think if more people skied waxable skis xcd would be more popular.
I think if waxbles were more common, there would be a lot more people skiing my local trails. I bet Nordic trail skiing would be way more popular, if retailers had been selling waxables, rather than pushing the easy button.
i think this is an interesting point that i am seeing that i feel differently than several of you (maybe?). i'm not sure i would equate the popularity of skiing to whether stores and the industry pushed waxable skis. maybe there is a marketing niche to selling a more complex system to people, but in the modern era people just want easy. especially younger people.
maybe you are saying that more alpine skiers would make a switch to xc or xcd? in which case i would say that those hardcore folks who know some sort of skiing already would find the waxables on their own and already know enough to go that route. but i just don't think that having wax skis will increase the popularity of xc skiing in any form. i might even suggest the opposite. i didn't know any better when i started so i thought all skis had to be waxed! sure i found out quick there were waxless but i already had skis and it was cheaper to buy wax. i also had people who knew what they were doing to ski with everyday, and not everyone who might expand the xc ski thing have that opportunity.
i dunno...i should be skiing