I purposely try to avoid writing endless novels trying to describe torsional rigidity, flex and camber. Trying to narrow down a ski to one single particular use is pointless. We are all different skiers with different views on what is soft, what is stiff, what is the particular use of a particular ski etc. You could spend your entire life trying to describe God and life with words without even getting close. Sometimes a very few words and a quiet mind is more than enough. Words will never accurately describe skis, so I think keeping it simple is better for everyone...
lilcliffy wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:51 pm
I certainly would not describe the Ingstad BC as having a "soft" tip- one of the reasons I love the Ingstad BC so much is that it has a stiff and stable tip...
I would not call the Ingstag tips "soft" either... Hence the words I specially picked in my description of the Ousland in my post: "The flex and camber is very similar to the Gamme, stiff and stable, with slightly softer and more forgiving tips. It's definitely stiffer than the Mountain Race series though. It all depends on how you like your tips: stiff like Gamme with a bit of NR, or stiff enough like Ousland with a little more Nordic Magic."
Actually, while having "generous" nordic rocker, it's not as generous as on the Ingstad, which has longer and much higher nordic rockered tips.
Asnes has three expedition skis now- Amundsen/Gamme/Ousland- I am probably not the only one that would wonder how to choose between the three- especially the Gamme vs Ousland as they seem so close- at least to me- But perhaps it is just me and it is totally clear.
If you take the time to carefully read my post, you will find all the info you need. As I said, they are 3 unique skis. After all, I am sure Borge already had an unlimited supply of Amundsens, Gammes and Ingstads, but he wanted something different...
"A new ski similar to the Amundsen, but with the stiffness and sidecut of the Gamme, and a tip similar to the Ingstad with generous Nordic Rocker and taper. It is just more playful and versatile than the Amundsen ski, with a lot of the same advantages. The Amundsen is still unique because of it’s longitudinal and even camber/flex profile from tip to tail."
It's all personal preferences here. You might like a certain ski for a certain thing, another skier will like it the other way.