There are so many ski manufactures with it across their line (Armada comes to mind with 2) and with rocker+camber it seems to take away from the poor hardpack performance.
Next for snowboards is concave bases stuff+RS+RC/Hybrid camber+ strange puck like contact points?
your thinking of DPS skis and their cleat tech linky
, looks kooky but DPS makes nice shit. Them and praxis really dialed in the five point ski design. Not fully reverse sidecut. They have different amounts of sidecut underfoot, with reverse and rockered tips and tails. Very similar to the atomic sirfloats. These design work in more then just new snow, they excel in all soft/variable snow conditions. Where i ride at Bridger Bowl, when you are on top of the ridge and around others who don't mind hiking a little for better runs this is the design you see.
BA says he doesn't care about ski designs, and i agree there are many differences, when you break it down to a physics level they are really the same. Your weight and pressure are applied to different areas of the board or ski, but both have to be transferred to the snow. These new designs are not going to be your go to park deck or are great at railing turns on groomers but that is not the point. As the average age of a snowboarder gets older and less are focused on freestyle there will be a shift in the style of boards being made. New designs like this do not fit into the big factory style of production. On the ski side small companies with low production numbers have developed these designs, which are then adopted by they larger companies, dps lotus = atomic bentchetler, salomon S7... Snowboards have been the same old shape for years and it is due to change.
As for splitboards, yes it will always be a niche but $3k to "do it right" is a joke.
old board -- free
volie diy kit $150
old binders free
collapsible poles $10 home made from old ski poles
beacon probe shovel $400 get some good stuff
advanced avy course from Gallatin Vally avy center and MSU $50 + $35 for the beginner class.
$800 total i've put 30 days or so on mine in the last two years with zero issues.
As i get older i find myself looking for jumps less, and looking for good snow and good turns more. Im guessing that im not the only one. Looking for less hype more substance and more new designs.