A bit like having great tools at work but in untrained hands, great ski gear on the feet, hands or wherever isn't going to make a whole lot of difference unless you are well versed in how to use it.
Carving skis have been a great case in point. The name gives insight to their purpose - they give skiers the ability to more easily carve parallel tracks using both skis, and with practice ski much more dynamically………. but this is only possible if the correct technique is adopted. Marketers of ski equipment have done a great job to the extent that you actually don't just need carving skis! You also need carving boots, bindings, stocks / poles, gloves, jackets and even carving bra's and underpants:). All are apparently guaranteed to improve performance.
Today there are 1000's of skiers on the hills using carving skis and possibly even carving underpants who still skid their skis through every turn and don't know how to do much that is different. So what are some of the keys to getting most out of the equipment you buy (carving bra's and underpants are excluded from further comment)
Here are a few things which I thought about in buying ski new gear and I think they are mostly things I have pinched from good decision making observed at work (which might seem strange given I work in IT:)
Define your needs - if you intend to ski in Powder heaven it may wise to have some "fat" under the foot that's a ski to give you float-ability. Big Rocker'ed skis, which are wide underfoot, make sense. However if you need an all mountain ski then maybe an 88mm under the foot is best - deals with most things well.
Take some tips from the professionals such as ski instructors to find the right gear to suit your standard of skiing and the conditions you want to ski in.
Have some help from a cynic who can question your motives if you are prone to be a gear freak. My wife Elaine is an excellent foil to any over ambitious investment plans I have for new equipment that may be a little too extravagant.
Try different models before you buy. Find a shop that is prepared to let you try out their gear. It is generally best to try a few different models. Play fair and if you decide to buy elsewhere at least pay the rental on the equipment.
After buying new gear think hard about having some lessons on getting more out of using the new gear. It is just the same at work. Boiling it down to the most basic level with a work analogy it would probably be safe to say that 90% of people using MS Office tools have no formal training in how to use them. Expensive and wasteful and you might say you would not do it if it was your money ….but we do:(