So along with others, I'm sure, I always had this lame idea of a convex base for powder skiing but it always seemed like a niche that would only work on pow days. So obviously horizon tech and convex tech came to rise recently (can confirm, no noticeable difference while skiing pow) and now a newish company called Gilson has run with this convex idea and after having very interesting prototypes such as basically horizon tech but the whole length of the ski, they came up with the soft edge. Watch the following to get an idea. Basically just a weird trench effect that rises the edge up slightly from the base.
They seemed to have escaped the use of these skis in powder, as it does absolutely nothing. But instead they've marketed it as a better carving and park experience. I'm interested to see what people who have ridden them think. Personally I think it just adds more ways to damage your equipment.
Some pros that i can see are; faster acceleration due to less friction, eliminate catching edges on snowboards only, smoother riding surface on rails.
Some potential cons; grinding away at not only your edge as per usual but also your base (I only see this being an issue on skis due to how features are ridden since we have more pressure on our edge when riding rails unlike snowboarders.), harder to learn on due to slipping out easier off your base.
I'm also skeptical of their claim that it creates a better carving experience unless the base were to act like a double edge thus gripping the snow better but it seems like there would be no difference in my mind. Let me know what you think.
**This thread was edited on Dec 3rd 2019 at 7:50:11pm