Basically on a really fast base, the skier will seem to almost instantaneously get going faster right after they land a trick and head towards a jump. You can really sense when they are sliding like an air hockey puck on an inclined air hockey table.
I am assuming all skiers used the right type of wax for the conditions. All weather low fluoro probably wouldve been fine.
To me at least here is the rundown of base speed from fastest to slowest.
1. Head -Evan Mceachran
2. Atomic -Fabian Boesch
3. Volkl - Goepper + others
4. K2 - colby stevenson and ferdinand dahl
5. Faction - alex hall
6. Line- andy woods
7. armada - quinn wolferman
if you have reservations about the idea of being able to judge a bases speed from a video like
this, please watch the runs of evan mceachran on head skis and compare the speed and acceleration with quinn wolfermans run on armadas. Its literally like night and day.
it seems pretty clear to me that the companies that invest millions dollars in R&D to make their race skis faster (head, volkl, atomic) have a very guarded secret when it comes to their fastest base recipe.
And to think that a generic UHMWPE ski base material could compete speed-wise with the trade-secret base formula of head/atomic/volkl/fischer just seems unreasonable. I accept that the durasurf 4000 base used on on3p and moment is fast, but i dont think its reasonable to expect it to be as fast as the bases from the big boys.
that being said, i have a theory that head and atomic use the same super fast base they use on their racing skis on their park skis, while volkl uses a slightly different base on their park skis, possibly for durability purposes, as volkl seems to get higher durability ratings than head/atomic in reviews/tests.
and yes i am high right now.