Yeah, I've noticed this too.
Even on here, kids are like "which backcountry skis should i get?, I will mount them with sth 16s"
"are these good for backcountry booters"
I swear half the people think that backcountry = off piste or something.
It’s funny, I tend to get this impression that fat is cool, and fat sells. When I was a young man (17-18) back in the early 1990s, long was the cool thing. You would try to look cool with the longest and stiffest skis. I have seen people in lift lines put there skis on there boots to make the skis look longer. Then came the carving skis in the late 90s and the turn of the millennium, and skis was suppose to be short and with ridicules radius. Now the thing is fat, just get them fat. When a company sells you a fat ski, they sell you a lifestyle you see in the movies – my guess is that 75% of the really fat skis never get the proper “back country” use. But people bye then none the les for that feeling that look and that “cool factor” – Yo, look at me I’m bad, I’ve got fat skis. I might ski something with powder, I’m out there on the edge living the danger…! Well so at the moment fat sells.
This has nothing to do with guys that know what these are really for, it’s just business.
that's it in my mind. People like to say they ski backcountry for some reason when they don't ski anything, or it's something 20 yards outside an OOB label. "backcountry skis" are a ski made for touring in my mind..so theres backcountry powder skis(which I would think of as a ski made to tour and made for powder), and what would be backcountry spring type snow skis are usually just labeled touring skis. Black Diamond type brands.
Yes, you can tour hellbents, but that doesn't mean they are an ideal touring ski... I agree, just say powder ski on skis like hellbents and EP Pros