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Poll: help shape the 2017 ON3P Steeple
We're working through prototyping and our ideas about the 2017 Steeple. If you're not familiar, it's our tour-focused uphill/downhill option that started with Billy Goat DNA. I'm curious what the peanut gallery has to say on some of the questions we're kicking around.
Essentially, the tour line for 2017 goes to three models. That allows us room to focus the narrow Steeple more specifically on the uphill-focused, gram-counting side of the backcountry market. We've got a few tricks up our sleeve to cut the weight down, but there are two main questions:
With a waist width of 92, and lengths of 174, 179, 184:
Would you prefer RES (a long elliptical sidecut the emphasizes taper and releaseability) or more traditional sidecut (greater edge contact, less able to pivot)?
Would you prefer our standard Steeple rocker (25cm tip, 15 tail) or something less rockered (perhaps 10-15cm tip, half height tail)?
I've got my thoughts and our on-snow results, but I'm curious to hear yours.
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Just calling threads so I can come back once I get a few days on the old ones and can add my snowplowing scarred to death sideslipping comments.
Super hyped on this new one though!
Not that I'm in ther market for your ski (unless Snowcountry.eu starts selling ON3P) but I just like to share my thought with you David.
I think a shape like RES is nice on a bit wider skis that you take out when there are all kinds of snow and power but I hate it on steeps and on harder snow, there I really want a longer edge and rounded flex. So on a 92mm ski I wouldnt want it because thats a waist width I'd take out in late spring etc.
About the rocker, 25cm tip and 15cm tail would be fine in combination a ski that does not have a lot of taper and does have a nice round flex. But again, this would be a ski I only would take out when theres no real powder so less rocker would be better?
Firts thoughts, I'll come back later..
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For a more dedicated a/t ski with a narrow waist, a more traditional shape makes sense to me. I had a blast checking out the Steeple 102 last season at Bridger but RES was not super confidence inspiring on steep hard pack.
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