Not an easy question to answer. There are skis like the LINE Afterbangs which are plain old soft and noodley, but that's not necessarily conducive to being the best for buttering since you might just flex them till your face is in the snow. Then you have something like the surface no-times which are really stiff but have a rockered tip so you can get a bitchin' pop out of your butter, but tail butters are almost impossible. Skis are like recurve bows: a bow that is really soft is easy to draw but doesn't have any power, and a stiff bow is harder to draw but is more accurate and powerful. If its too stiff, you can't draw it at all and its useless. So a really soft ski is easy to flex but will feel practically dead, and a ski with a stiff flex and complex construction will be more difficult to bend, but when you do its very rewarding.
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may seem weird, but I tell people this a lot, the atomic punx I have are solid, great flex and not super loose so it is not dead, super buttery and perfect flex for anything
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This and as a result, which ski is most buttery will vary from person to person with height, weight and buttering technique. For example I'm 5'8 and 135 pounds. I mostly do butters with a 'slow and pressy' technique where I stall the butter and then pop out. For this style of butter I found line blends too soft because i would flex right through the ski and get no rebound to pop me out. For these I fins sir Francis bacons perfect. However for faster butters even the mid flex bacons are too soft and I sometimes over flex them so prefer a slightly stiffer narrower ski.
marketing at its best, but those skis are definitely not super buttery ski. Delorme just slays so hard he can make it look that way. Not saying those arent good for buttering but There are definitely softer skis out there
Ninthward True Twin. so fucking dope and buttery and poppy
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Reverse camber helps a lot. Most 'buttery' skis I have a Volkl Kuros...but they suck in anything but soft stuff. Actually I had a pair of Movements that reverse cambered after some punishmeet at Momentum and Woodward (they did not seem to like respond well to warm temps) and they also buttered really easily...but also became really sketchy on firm snow or at speed. Salomon 2012s struck a nice balance with their rocker in the tip. However, I'm a fairly big guy (around 200lbs) so you might be better off looking for a softer ski but which still has reverse camber in the tip.
I get shit on alot for my love of my K2 Presses, but god damn are they buttery. It might just be that they are meant for a lighter weight rider and I weigh almost 200, but I can nose butter like a motherfucker on them. Cheap as fuck too and they are holding up well with over 50 days in the park this season alone so far.
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