First day on the 96. Looking fresh as hell. Holy fucking shit. We bonded instantly. These skis are so fast, really fast, no like reaaaallllly fast and damp af. I love it. They met my expectations and then some. Granted I was skiing easy terrain, but damn... Headed to VT in 2 weeks to put them to the real test, and since I bought them with that terrain in mind it shall be interesting.
Edit: tried em for 2 days at Jay Peak. Holy fuck. These skis are so fun to put on edge and carve down a groomer. Very explosive out of the turn. Skiing on ice? No complaints, it's ice lol. In the trees, these excelled. I felt so confident and comfortable that I could always pivot on a dime if needed. Going off little side hits, bumps, rocks, and small drops, these felt extremely stable both in the air and landing. Haven't got to test them on deep snow yet. I did ski on 1ft deep old snow with a 4-5" crust layer but I don't think any skis would be good in that so not judging yet. Also expected some core shots as I hit A LOT of rocks last weekend, and nada. Bases are immaculate.
Unofficial Average Joe Review: The Hype is Real
Bought a pair of wrenegade 96 at end of season sale last year for an cool $500. First off, the top sheets are beautiful and the green bases are so sick. Was planning on using these as my east coast ski and they have now turned into my favorite ski. I don't even use my Armada ARV 106 anymore :/... Albeit the wrens are shorter (179cm) than I woulda typically purchased but I don't really notice the difference; probably because they're true to length and also directional skis mounted at rec. Also they're not as "punishing" as other reviews would make you believe, even if you sometimes find yourself backseat.
After skiing Armada ARV 106 on everything for the past 2-3 years and demoing a few other popular skis, I can say without a doubt that these wrens are the best ski I've ever been on. Makes me almost want to get rid of my ARVs and pick up a pair of Jeffrey 108s. The shape took a few runs to get used to but I figured it out quite fast and now they flow effortlessly. Even with the huge rocker profile, these things carve like a dream and I really love boosting from one turn to another on groomers. Feel like a badass. The skis really do want to go fast so don't fight it with a shitty smeared turn....carve it up. The sintered base is wicked fast too- nothing more satisfying than passing everyone hiking a flat runout because your base is faster.
They really shine when the going gets rough. Uneven hard windblown terrain and crud are handled so well with these puppies. They just blast right through it. Spring skiing is a blast too. Moguls are easily managed and tree skiing has never been so fun. Very easy to pivot in tight spaces. Also even with the heavier weight I, didn't really notice and hop turns are still possible if you ever need to do em. The stiffness and weight really provide a great sense of comfort in sketchy terrain and let you know that the skis will not let you down.
The one area I was cautiously optimistic but also a bit nervous was how they would perform in deeper snow considering the narrower waist. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days at Wolf Creek, aka first tracks for days. Skied upwards of 2ft in certain spots of both fresh snow and heavier, days old snow. I was pleasantly surprised at how well these floated. This was probably the best I've ever skied powder before too- maybe experience or maybe the skis or maybe both. They weren't as surfy as the ARVs but it sure was fun and I have no negative comments for these things in powder. Lord I can only imagine how the wider and longer ON3P skis perform in pow...
Be careful if you ever land switch in these not on groomers. Like a retard I made this mistake on heavy ungroomed snow and the tails dove and I...well...yeah.
I didn't get to test these on any huge cliffs but did get a few 6-8ft drops and they felt sweet in the air and landing. Even when I landed backseat and fucked my toes, the tails didn't wash out on me and I was able to ski away like a giraffe learning to walk (better than wiping out).
Lastly, I don't know if it's durability or luck but I've skied on some shit conditions and made some poor route choices, yet my skis came out looking pristine. Every time I expected a core shot, I was pleasantly surprised to see none. Every time I expected my edges to be fucked, they came out immaculate with merely a scratch if anything. Recently I was at Loveland and took "The Face" to shortcut back to the base area. Conditions were garbage and I probably took the rockiest way down and was truly scared for my skis condition and how fucked they would be, but once again, the skis are immaculate.
Tldr: Great company with impeccable customer service as evidenced on various threads. Skis are solid, ride great, and charge like a mother fucker. Don't debate. The extra $300-400 is 100% worth it. Just do it.
**This thread was edited on May 9th 2020 at 1:24:40am