Dude, joke's totally on them, you should make a t-shirt that says 'all you fools suck' and on the back it can say 'I rule coz T-dawg said so' and yeah, you'll be rockin it shibby, new steeze brah, wikkid! ~PhattTim
spk is also a ski which was designed with pipe in mind. The spk is the same ski as the 1080 candides and cr's from preveious seasons those 2 skis had races bases but i dono if they kept them on the spk. so seeing that the spk and the pipe cleaner are both pipe skis id say its a toss up between those two. But i give the advantage to the spk because it has thicker edges so it will serve you well as a park ski after you are done rididng it the pipe. it posibly could be your park ski for the folowing season.
yeah i demoed them to and fucking love them, the spk I hated, it was just to narrow and to stiff for my taste, as a pure pipe ski its fine, but even no the tables I just find its to narrow for my style... the dumont kicked ass though
Well. if you call that "pretty stiff" you might want to get out to the gym or something, because the pipe cleaner is super soft. Maybe they would be an ok pipe ski for someone extremely light, but that's about it.
And at the X-Games, Tanner's equipment manager Dano had 5 or 6 different pairs of skis at the top of the pipe for Tanner, all with custom flexes, so the point is, what Tanner uses in the pipe are NOT the pipe cleaners that the average person can buy, not even close.
The SPK's definitely have a race base. And they were originally designed as the team pipe ski. Same ski as the "Foil's" dumont won the pipe comp on a few years ago. And same as the CR and Candide labs. Also the same as the 1080's withe the orange top sheet and all black bottom with just the Salomon logos on the tip and tail. It is what all the Salomon riders have been using in the pipe for about 5 years. Not sure if Dumont was actually using Dumonts this year though, most likely not a stock dumont, probably also an SPK with the dumont top sheet or something. Like the SPK's with the foil top sheet.