So my old skis are pretty much trashed so I need a new pow ski. I'm 5'8, 130ish lbs and an expert skier mostly skiing Mammoth, but also a few Utah/Tahoe/PNW trips. I'm looking at both the 184cm 2011 Surface New Life (AB version-better graphic imo) and the 179cm 2011 K2 Hellbent. I'm leaning towards the Hellbent's because of the camber (I've never skied a flat camber ski). I'm worried about how the New Life's will handle on groomers getting back to the lift, but the New Life's are stiffer and will probably handle crud and chopped up stuff better. Which do you guys prefer? Have any of you demoed/skied both? Opinions?
So I haven't skied either but I have skied the onelifes and last years hellbents. The new lifes do actually have a tad of camber and you should hav NO trouble on groomers and they will destroy crud and pow. Hellbents are heavier and will just get tossed around in crud and heavier pow. Get the new lifes. I just got a pair. so sick. You won't regret it. Might want to get the 174s if you are going to be jibbing a lot.
Bents destroy crud. Sure there heavy and long but if you are a charger and not afraid to let them run they can carve some sick turns in variable snow. That said dont ski them unless there is semi fresh snow cause the suck balls on hardpack.
I fucking love my LL2s. stupid floaty, solid on hardpack, playful but stable. slayed 3 feet of fresh for three days at steamboat the end of last season and just fucking smiled the entire time. havent enjoyed anything that much in a while
the surface will be stiffer and better all condition ski, but the hellbent will float better in deep pow. btw the new hellbents do NOT have camber under foot, they are a tad stiffer though, also the new ep pro has a little camber under foot now and quite a bit stiffer than the previous years check out this ski
go with surface... so much lighter, i think 184 new lifes are like 9.8lbs a pair and hellbents are something like 11lbs? but besides that i have one lifes and you can ski SO fast in chopped up stuff and everything just explodes, i imagine new lifes are very similar if not more awesome. i had hellbents and they were fun, but my one lifes are more fun, the 3stage makes the ski pop out of pow and the stiffness makes them soooo poppy. new lifes are probably very similar so i would go with them, but you will not be dissapointed with either.