Good Evening to all you East Coast skiers. Over the past months there has been multiple posts asking for reviews of the 4FRNT MSP, so I thought I would help a brother out.
Skier: Old School Bumper/Racer, East Coast 25 years exp. 6 Feet 2 inches- 195lb.
Skis: MSP 180
Binding: Look ZRS (DIN set to 13, hand bent brakes for the 92MM width)
Boots: Raichle Flexon Comp
Condition: 15 degrees, hard pack, lightly snowing
Trails: 80% groomed, 20% thin, light, crud, leftovers (Zoomer, Avalanche, etc)
Hard Pack- (1-5, 5=Off the hook)
Overall Impression: 3.5
First runs ruled on the MSP. Cord was nice and firm with some ice under the top inch plus. Skis tracked incredible in long/straigth line turns. The ski handles all the speed I could give it, (even fakie) Even in medium radius turns with a little forward pressure the ski carved well. Short turns we another story with the ski wanting to wash out. As the conditions got skied off the MSP was a little timid on the glare ice, but not a scary ride..... it is all about angle.
Overall Impression: 4
The ski reacted well in the chop especially the non-bumped out sections. The softer tip of the MSP seemed to help the ski track in a 'Drunken Boxer' style, swirving and weaving without lose of control or feel.
Pipe/Park/Air: Not available at this time (I will update on a later date, NO PARK @ Cannon as of 12/19/03).... Note: Off a few rolls going 40MPH, I mached a few straight grabs and the ski had a nice feel in the air. I also rode this fakie for a few section going mach 5 and it rocked! AN AWESOME PLATFORM FOR FAKIE FLATLAND!
Overall Review and Rec:
The ski was HOT! As an East Coast ski it is not your 'everydayer' but if you ski a ton of wide groomers with no 'Joeys' and like to hit the park this is a good second ski along with a nice mid-fat (70-80mm waist) for the East Coast. It is also great for those powder/crud days. I think it will also rock for spring skiing corn piles.
Hope this was helpful!
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