The three big factors are ski selection, structure, and wax. Sometimes one of these factors plays a more influential role than the others, but in general, in order to have decent skis, you can't miss on any of the three.
The benefits of pure Fluoros increase as the length of race increases, humidity/water increases or dirt increases. It should be noted that in most every condition any FC Top Coat is better than using no FC Top Coat
Human Powered Trail Grooming announced today that it has begun selling a classic track setter for those who want to groom their own ski trails but don’t have access to a snowmobile or mechanized groomer.
Atomic is bringing a new skate ski to the table that should have everyone licking their chops. Atomic calls it the World Cup HT skate ski. The new ski isn’t just a tweaked version of their all-around favorite, but a whole new ski.
One quirk about Fluorocarbon waxes is that they do not "like" hydrocarbon waxes (think oil and water). Fluorinated hydrocarbons (Dibloc LF and HF) are the link between them. They are a hybrid between the two types (hence the name Toko Dibloc).