Overall a great ski. Very very versitile, but probably a bit too stiff for some guys. I'm sure the 2009 model will be much softer and floatier - perhaps a sacrifice in the crud though.
top sheets are not the greatest, i have tons of chips in the pair of 9ths that i own, and these chipped a little while i was demoing them over 3 days.
still a good ski. i'll give them a 9
Skis kill it almost everywhere. Not the best in the park, but they can handle it to some respects. They are light as hell and solid as a crudbustin, powder-all mountain ski. They arent the most lively things in the world. They kinda like to just mash everything out of the way, rather than have any finesse to them at all, but then again, these are not made for finesse.
They ski switch great, and are even fun to jib with, really..
The graphics are sick, and they feel really light on your feet. They used some alright materials in these, and they definitely feel solid, regardless of the loose demo bindings i had on them (which luckily, i was able to get set 2 back of centre)
I didnt buy them, but Ninthward never really kills people with price. I think they go for under 500 bucks new in a lot of places, and I know that Coter on here is selling a pair for CHEAP.
I used these for 3 days during a demo weekend though. They were fun!
They only made them in a 178 for 2008, which was perfect for most guys from 130lbs to 180lbs. I know they will make them in multiple lengths in 2009.
but, if youre part of the majority that is in that weight class, these skis would kick ass for you everywhere.
Fairly stiff, but plenty soft for skirtin the pow and playing in the park. Even flex throughout the ski. Somebody under 140lbs isnt going to be the most stoked if they want these to be like Sir Francis Bacons, but they will get a hardcore, rippin all mountain fat ski. Guys that weigh upwards 170 lbs or so are going to love these as an all around good flex.
Great ski in every respect EXEPT that the topsheets BLOW ASS. The edges are cool, and the bases are just like any other, but the topsheets SUCK. I dont hear much for binding pullouts on these either (double layered Fibreglass) and I know that 9th has a super amazing warrantee program, so if one breaks, just take a picture, and they will send you a new pair.
so, unless you want pristine topsheets, these skis will be great for durability.