jake.jensen.9674From a moment ambassador : Keeping in mind the expansion and assertion of our model line - since it's inception, The Deathwishes are going to be softer than previous years.
Deathwish has been stiffened up compared to the previous versions. The 104 is also stiffer (and damper) than the 112 by a good amount.
jake.jensen.9674That being said, The 104 is there to blur the line between on piste and off piste all mountain and will be a tad beefier and stable compared to the OG DW 112. Think the OG Deathwish construction unchanged and compressed into a more narrow package. It will do well in a wide range of conditions, hard pack included. I wouldn't categorize it as a charger - I would call it an agile workhorse. Those that look to the original deathwish as a ski to take when you dont want to think about what to grab from your quiver will welcome the 104 with open arms to those same conditions with a less focus on soft or deeper conditions and will find it to be just as playful while being quicker on the toes and snappier response.
This is more or less correct.
jake.jensen.9674The 104 is a great replacement for the pbj. The wc 108 is better for chutes and big open zones (baldy at snowbird) with the DW 104 better for trees (gad2)
This is wrong. The Wildcat 101 is a direct replacement for the PB&J and the Deathwish 104 is a pretty different ski. Generally the Deathwish 104 is better in icy chutes and sketchy conditions while the Wildcat 108 will be more maneuverable and poppy for tight trees. The Deathwish 104 can be driven harder and will provide better edge grip and stability while the Wildcat 108 will be more poppy and playful and easier to pivot / throw sideways.
Would still love to know who you talked to, a very select few people outside of our immediate employee base have put any kind of substantial time on the Deathwish 104.