So I was recommended to demo the Surface New LIfe's (with the psychadelic anthony B topsheet) before tying the knot with the Live Life's and boy, am I happy I did! These ski's were SICK! They absolutely ripped up everything I threw at them today; 2-day old pow in the bowls behind Whistler & blackcomb glaciers, kickers in the park and off-piste, crusty, medium-heavy moguls and heaped up crud, groomers.. the works. They killed it all.
I was worried about the big rocker in the tail and symmetrical twin affecting stability at speeds but these babies held edge beautifully on groomers and hardened pow alike. Sure there was a bit of chattering on the ultra packed out groomers with icy bits but due to its traditional sidecut and staged rocker (Surface uses a 3-stage proggressive rocker system in its skis) the first and biggest part of its rocker in the nose actually engages the ski when pushing it in sharp carving turns and SGs. Riding and landing switch is a breeze with these guys as the front and back are fully symmetrical. Also noticed that in contrast to the Surface LLs and JJs this design lends itself A LOT more to a center mounted stance. Unlike the former the NL's do not put you in the backseat at all (maybe because of the symmetrical rocker on both ends), making it unnecessary to adjust your stance in relation to the steepness of the slope as much and much more forgiving in landings. For those of you who have or have demoed the S7's - this ski is possibly slightly less heavy charging due to its higher flex and lower weight. However, what it loses in stiffness it makes up for in versatility and playfulness. This ski is A.LOT. OF. FUN.
Only two critical points I would mention at this early stage are: firstly, that due to their slightly bigger flex and rocker (in relation to the the NL) they are a bit more jumpy over bumpy/crusty pow instead of slicing through it. Obviously a problem at bigger speeds. I found that assuming a slightly lower stance (bending your knees more) pretty much solves this problem. Second point is that the topsheet seems pretty flaky and chips really easily. I was demoing a brand new pair today and without doing anything particularly crazy there were already visible scratches and marks on the ski after only one day.
Can't really comment on their performance in deeper and softer pow yet since IT HASN'T FUCKING SNOWED PROPERLY IN WHISTLER FOR AGES!!!
Bought them in 184cm mounted dead centre with Rossi FKS 140's XXL ready to shred it up tomorrow!!
Will keep u guys posted on how it rides in the deep stuff if ever it starts snowing again.
Will probably also post this msg as a review in case anybody else is considering demoing or buying these skis.