No you haven't, you've seen an unpleased owner of Nine Lifes and a thread about it. LL2s held up well for pretty much everybody, and besides, One Lifes are LL2s with better sidewalls, a better flex pattern, a different(better IMO, it's bulletproof and way faster), and some camber and slightly different rocker profile. I've skied mine over tons of fallen trees, bushes, rocks, gravel...any of the low snow cover stuff like that and the bases look pretty much new. The edges have one noticable mark, but that's from doing a hard turn cutting across the area, and skiing onto a completely exposed large rock that completely stopped me.
I've skied all 3 of the skis OP asked about and One Lifes are by far my favorite, then Chetlers, then EPs. One Lifes can make any turn shape you want, but are stiff enough to charge, and are by far the most versatile pow-jib ski I've ever been on. Chetlers were more poppy when turning in powder(one lifes are more poppy everywhere else pretty much) and are fatter which is nice, but don't do as well on groomers and in chop. If you're making really tight fast turns in powder the Chetlers were the most fun of the 3. I didn't ski EPs in super deep pow, but they were fun in pow and when buttering around on groomers, but were nowhere close to as fun as the other skis in other places. Also if you're charging One Lifes are by far the best, and skiing any pow real fast One Lifes are my favorite, but Chetlers are pretty close(because the throwing you in and out of turns is so fun).
So happy to get One Life's next year!
Its really the best for me here in Europe..
I know what you mean by this, the extra width is noticable. Chetlers(close to the waist width) feel more poppy then EPs, and EPs more surfy.
I found that One Lifes are better at switch skiing in pow and on groomers than EPs(probably from the bigger rocker), but feel a tiny bit more catchy than EPs when your skiing switch in deep pow. I guess if your light and want a ski for just deeep light pow then EPs could be the ticket...but I'm most of the pow your(OP) skiing is probably under 2 feet.
It's noticable that One Lifes are skinnier, but of every pow jib ski out there they're the one I like best. It's not like they sink, and I enjoy being deeper in the pow sometimes(compared to being on my 202 Lotus 138s, where that 'surfing' feel is way bigger than any other ski I've ever been on).
I own 09 ll2s. I got them because I wanted something with rocker, and the ll2 appealed to me because it's considerably stiffer than hbents, eps etc which for me is great because in the alps i ski a lot of bigger lines with sometimes variable snow.
i can't say enough good things about the way this thing skis- i can make any kind of turn from arcing super g at 60+ km/h to dumping speed on command with a big ol' slash. they're also INSANELY light so in terms of pivot-ability they are superb in tight spots. for carrying purposes i basically cancelled their lightness by putting 916s on them but this doesn't affect their swing weight. very versatile fun ski that does anything you want in soft snow. the abrupt rocker means it skis short so 189cm is the only length worth considering. for south amerca, where conditions will be much more comparable to europe than north america i think they'd be an awesome ski. my olnly complaint is the topsheet chips easily but that's really just cosmetic.
if you charge at all i'd look past hbents or eps but i suppose just for mellow pow jibbing those are pretty much the benchmark
I'm looking for a ski to replace my SFB's that broke and might stick with the same, but I'm curious about rocker. I have a pair of carvers and also park skis, so I want a pair of true powder boards, probably with a similar flex to my bacons. I'm looking at Surface new life or one life, Armada JJ, Atomic Bentchetler, and 4frnt CRJ (although the turn radius seems too big for the east). 6', 160 lbs, type III. Any thoughts?
asked in another thread too, but want quick answers, and didn't feel like making another thread when there are so many on BC jib sticks already.
Peace, big lepowski