• Surface Skis Live Life 2 2007

      • Review by newengland72 on Sep 10, 2013 @ 3:34 PM
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      • Review:

        Overall

        I have not gotten a chance to ski these in fresh powder, but am so stoked to do so.
        It takes getting used to a ski as wide as these. I had only demo-ed the Prophet 90s (fantastic ski) but these feel completely different width-wise. So much wider that you really have to pay attention (until you get used to them) and keep them on edge.
        PS: working for a small, American company, I am proud to have skis from the same.

        Performance

        These love to make quick little turns, but open them up and they are still comfortable making long, sweeping GS turns.

        Right now these are my All Mountain skis due to the fact that my 1080s have no edges between the bindings, and I don't want to ride my Elan S12s because they are not a TwinTip.

        Design

        Love the Graphic. I feel like it was meant to be artsy, but I put some stickers: NorthFace, Oakley, Jeep, Boston Whaler (personal favorite), NS (of course)
        and it looks dope.

        Value

        $350 on eBay and that was direct from the company.

        Fit

        My longest ski to date, but the width was great; I like wide skis.

         In the words of Eric Pollard- "I like what 110mm feels like under foot."

        179     142-112-132   mounted with Rossi axial2s  -1 from center.

        Characteristics

        So these were my first pair of wood core skis and I was surprised to find that they needed an entire day to break in. Out of the box they were stiff, and for the first couple of runs they did not want to make anything but big, wide, fast, GS turns. But on the fifth run they began to soften and I started to ski them really hard (short radius turns on Double Black Diamonds). From there they developed into a very bouncy, playful flex.

        Cliff Notes: Took some time to break in the wood cores; medium-soft, playful flex.

        Durability

        Something tells me these skis will be around for a long time. Plus they are made in Austria by a company with a long history of making reliable skis.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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      • Review by DangerToes on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
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        Overall

        This ski is exactly what I have been looking for. Although I love the elizabeths in how they ride, I like to go big and they seemed to be a bit washy and unstable in the length as far as Im built. I have these mounted -1 from center and they are great forward, switch, everywhere. They are really stable for hitting big hips and tables, ive hit a bunch of drops in them and Ive never felt more solid, they are really nice on rails (although i dont sw/up a ton, I do more presses and stuff) but you can still do sw\ups without any problem, I can 270 out normally. They are a little heavier ski, but you dont really notice it in a bad way if you know how to spin correctly (not gymnastics huck). The width took a little getting used to in hardpack, but once you learn to roll your ankles a bit more, they hold great and they wont wash out in chop/slush/etc like a skinnier ski. Absolutely in love with this ski, I would definitely call it a one-ski quiver if thats what youre looking for, or if youre like me, it serves as the perfect wide park ski. Thats all, I highly recommend it to anyone.

        Performance

        I love this ski, It is poppy, stable, and fun. It has held up great on rails, and is really the perfect ski that I have been looking for for my style of riding.

        Design

        It is a very pretty ski. I was in line one day and a snowboarder said, "Those are some sick skis, everyone should get a pair like those." I was surprised to hear this from a snowboarder until he told me that he designed them. All the same, best looking graphic Ive ever seen, top and bottom.

        Value

        I got them for 350 in the plastic, which for a ski of this width is killer. Absolutely worth it.

        Fit

        I am 5'9'' and 165, I think 179 is the perfect fit for a park ski, whihc is what I use it for and the only length it comes in.

        Characteristics

        The flex on these was much stiffer than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way. It is marketed as the softer bc jib stick of the surface line-up, so I can only assume that the live life is a very stiff ski. I expected them to be in the range of the elizabeths, but they turned out to be more of an even flexing vct. It is a medium flex, and I have had to trouble doing presses, although butters are not quite effortless as youd expect. It seems to have a somewhat progressive flex, but not too much. much more even than say the vct or ak maidens in the tip vs tail stiffness. I found it to be a bit softer than the chronic blend but the same likeness of flex. I hope that compares it to enough skis for you to get an idea.

        Durability

        Top sheet gets dings in it, but seems to be soft enough not to chip, which can be good or bad, take it as you will, Ive only skiied them a couple weeks but they havent lost any pop or camber, more fun every day I ride them, edges are super good, way better than lines.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Live Life 2
    • Manufacturer:
    • Surface Skis
    • Year:
    • 2007
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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