From everything including ice tools to the newest high tech clothing it is easy to make things into tinker toys.
Having seen so much outdoor industry design work I have to wonder why it isn't the use driving design efforts instead of the cash register.
Ski are a good case in point. As in a good way. These days you can find a specific ski designed for a single specific purpose. Purpose/use driving design.
DPS Lotus Spoon is a excellent design effort imo. One use. Few limitations for that use.
Dyanfit DyNA ski boot. Again designed for one specific use. A few minor limitations :) Not water resistant and a sole that wears too quickly.
My CCW alpine pack. Simple, but complex design for one focused use. It is not a ski pack or a back packing pack, a book pack or an expedition pack. It is a alpine climbing pack.
Petzl Nomic another excellent example.
Look at a TLT6. What does it take to strip away that boot and "solve all the problems" that a DyNA EVO has?
"when there is nothing left to take away."
My newest project? A TLT 6 with nothing left to take away.
More to come.......