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Overall, I am very happy with my choice of skis.Â The only thing i would like better is the same sidecut in a wider platform.Â I like the feel of the longer radius with a close to symmetric sidecut on a stiffer ski.Â The closest ski to that would probably be the kung fujas, but they are fairly soft.Â I would also like more edge hold, but that could be due to the straight factory tune.
This is by far the best ski I have ever been on.Â Even though I only have one day on them, they are fast and rip on the groomers, lock onto rails and boxes like a magnet, super fast, great ski for the east coast.Â I did not have them sharpened, and even though they were better, alot better on the ice patches than the invader, it still did not hold an edge like a standard all mountain ski.Â That being said, if you plan on skiing mostly groomers, there are better choices out there. It is at home in the park.Â Have not used them in the pipe yet but a nice tune would probably give that edge grip for and icy pipe.
I center mounted them, and I actually prefer the feel of a non symmetrical ski, even though there is only a 2 mm difference in the tip and tail.Â I felt real comfortable on them, they are the first pair of traditional shaped skis that i have mounted center, i had the 06 Public Enemies mounted at about +4 from midsole, and I did not like it.Â The width may not be as great for the occasional tree run with fresh snow but it will do for me. Also, I felt this year's chronic, and it was a little softer than the 08's so just a cliff note for you guys looking at them.
This is a great valued ski.Â If you want a stiffer park ski that shreds from the groomers to the park, this is your ski.Â I could not have made a better choice.
I am 5' 10" 140 on a good day.Â I got the 181 center mounted with sth 12s. really light for the size, moved up from 171 chronics.Â If you are looking into the chronic, don't be afraid of the stiffer flex and long size, it is easy to ski.Â It is also not as long as I expected, like most Lines, the sizing runs short.Â I can hardly feel the added length from my 171 invaders.
The chronic is a fairly stiff park ski, not as stiff as a Volkl ski but it is burly.Â Charges through anything, great snap off jumps, real easy to pop up onto boxes and rails, over all great ski for ripping up the whole mountain, but fits like a glove in the park.Â The flex is pretty even throughout, the tip and tail have pretty much the same flex.Â I would say the flex is comparable to the rossi ghetto, maybe a tad bit stiffer.
The topsheet chips a bit.Â after the first day, there were a couple chips.Â When they chip, they start to peel because of the material that the topsheet is made of.Â I just filed it down so that my edges would not catch as much.Â Other than that, they seem as durable as a pair of PE's.