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The OAR is an idea I've had for a while now, and today was the first day it touched snow. It took a lot of design innovations and went into the press with hours of work invested, and I need to thank everyone who helped build it with me.
Why design a ski like this? Because despite skiing Caylors almost every day, I miss sinking into deep snow, especially the wet and heavy stuff we are used to out here. Plus, the large surface area of powder skis means you slap instead of stomp on the large airs. If only there was a way to let the ski sink underfoot, but not submarine and sink in the tips. Thus, the OAR - 96mm underfoot, goes to twice that in the tips and tails. We've also given it a convex base in the tips and tails, just to increase the surf factor.
Skiing this today was... surprisingly easy. It handles like a 96 underfoot ski does on hardpack, once you get used to the very, very short running length. In powder, it took a while to trust the tips to do their job, but its easy to get used to. Its very strange, that is to be sure.
This project took a ton of work, a ton of man hours, and some very crazy test-skiers to actually go out and ride this thing, but I couldn't be happier with our results. It was a challenge and test our capabilities here at the new factory, and I think with this accomplished, its only going to get stranger from here on out.
And last word, many thanks to the people who I met and got out skiing with today, special shout out to Thomas O'Connell for this photograph. Peace,
I'm not saying anything until I get to ski a solid day on them. A small handful of people got to ride them the first day, and it was very fitting to ride them in untracked for the first time out in Grace Lakes at Stevens.