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Best fat ski ever, and its really not that fat. 112 underfoot. Able to go anywhere and totally destroy. The huge rocker makes butters and presses super fun and easy, but the stiffness keeps the ski under you at all times. It can charge, as well as screw around. It wont noodle out on you, and you get to tell people in the lift line that your skis are broken but you keep skiing them anyway. Overall an amazing ski, next year its being renamed the One Life, and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a do-it-all fat ski. YAY SURFACE!
Powder- 10/10 Like a dream, forward and backwards. Very light and livley ski.
Groomers- 8/10 Its not a race ski, its not a carving ski, but on a nice groomer you can sure rip some fun turns on these.
Chop- 10/10 Stiff is good for chop, and these are stiff. The rocker blasts through crud and left over snow, and the solid platform underfoot keeps you upright.
ICE- 4/10 Its a powder ski. But the stiffness does help a lot.
Park- 6/10 Its a powder ski. Yea jumps are fun, and you can stomp them like no other compared to a hellbent, but its not a park ski. But jumps in the powder are nothing but money!!!
Slush- 10/10 The most fun ive had when the snow gets soggy.
The Live Life 2 features what Surface has deemed the "3-stage-rocker" technology. HANDS DOWN the best design ever. What better way to blend an all-mountain charging ski with a powder-jib ski? Underfoot the ski is flat (no camber) and stiff, making it ride like a normal charging ski on groomers, crud, ice, moguls, jumps, etc. But in the powder the massive 8 degree rocker keeps you floating no matter what and the possibilities are endless forward and switch. Sure, an EP Pro might be a little more fun in the deep stuff, but it cant charge like these when the storm is over and its all chopped up.
I paid $375 flat for mine, which is in between retail of $599 and some season-end-closeout-deals. Cheaper than i paid for my original Anthems. I would definitely pay full retail though because the ski is worth it over and over.
Perfect, the rocker makes them ski like a shorter ski so when in doubt, go longer. I am 6 foot 2 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. I have the 189's mounted dead center with Salomon STH16's. I get hate for that because they arent symmetrical and they are supposed to be a powder ski, but i ride switch at least 50% of the time so thats where i like them mounted. Hate on haters.
Stiff. Dont think these are gonna be like your friend's EP Pros or Hellbents. Underfoot, they are as stiff as my race skis. Gets a little softer as it moves towards the tip and tail but they do break in a touch so after a while they are perfect. This is not bad though! It makes them more versatile than any other powder ski on the market.
I have thoroughly detuned the rockered section in the tips and tails because there is no need for edges when it doesnt touch the snow, and i like my butters smooth so when you get up on the rocker theres nothing to catch. Barely any topsheet chipping at all, a few nicks i have epoxied but they are pretty solid up top. The bases are sintered which is way harder than a normal base, makes it a pain to fix when a gouge does happen but theres a lot less risk of that happening and sintered absorbs wax more than extruded so they are always nice and fast.
awesome skis, defiantly get them if you are looking for a fun pow ski.
These are the funnest skis I have owned, they are stiffer than what I am used to which was really nice. They feel more stable than the other powder skis I have ridden (ep pros and bacons). They seem really poppy and playful in the park. Oh and they are incredibly light!
The three stage rocker is awesome, it is what makes this ski so great.
i have the 179's they are very playfull in the park, and float really well in powder.
medium stiff, but feel softer than that.
Ive used them about 15 times and they are holding up great.. some top sheet chipping but thats it.
Overall I would say that for me, this is the perfect ski. I don't think I'll be taking them into the park, but why would you? I couldn't be happier with the decision i made to pick up these shred zeppelins
5 days at Jackson featured every imaginable snow condition. Pow, corn, groomers, bit of ice... IT took me a while to find the balance point for groomers, and I had to keep reminding myself at first to stay forward so as not to wheelie out, but after a half a day I felt completely at home on these skis. They ripped everything. It's a shame they aren't another 10mm wider, but as is (140/112/132) they were the perfect all mountain rocker
The live life 2 features a 3 stage rocker. It got some weird looks from people as it "looks like somebody jammed them in a door and broke them". The rocker itself is pretty big too. I gave them to my friend Joe for a couple runs, and he loved them. Very comparable to the EP Pros and Bacons, according to Joe.
I got the 189. I'm 5'7" 145/150. Perfect size
The live life 2 features a perfect flex for a skier like me. The rocker on the ski is pretty large, and it was still beefy enough to handle charging shit pretty hard, but not overpowering by any means. They ripped on hte groomers once i found the balance point too.