I would definitely recommend these skis. they are better than i expected. Rowen, Scott and the rest of the crew at ON3P skis have gone way above the industry standard with these skis. these thing are the most fun in powder out of any ski that i have ridden, and they are surprisingly good on the hardpack. i feel better about landing big on these into powder than i do on my park skis with a perfect park jump. Everything from the flex to the overall performance is perfect. they excel in all conditions, deep untouched to sketchy skied out powder with death cookies, with icy moguls even being doable. Overall great ski, will definitely be purchasing from ON3P in the future.
This ski is amazing. it is so poppy and does not sink at all in powder. it initiates turns on a dime, is incredibly responsive and stable. the rocker and stiffness allows it to bust through all the death chunks and shitty snow in the PNW, and it is also incredible stable on landings. these are the most stable skis i have ridden. i took a speed check too deep, like 40 feet, into shitty skied out powder, and these skis stomped the landing, no washout or feeling like i was about to eat shit. they also handle surprisingly well on hardpack. these have become my go-to ski, where unless there has been no new snow for a while, or i'm skiing park, these are the skis that i will use. they handle anything great, groomers, ice, even moguls aren't that bad
First impression when i got them was that they were the highest quality skis i have ever seen. Even the people in the shop at Evo were impressed by them when i took them to get mounted. they just appear to be built better than other similar skis. and the guys at ON3P can back it up, with all quality of the materials they use. As for the look, i wasn't a fan of this year's graphic, and talked to Scott and was able to get it changed to last year's graphic, which made me more stoked about them
When i bought these on presale, i was also considering the Bacons, Bentchetlers and JJ's, and these skis were the cheapest of all of them. Probably due to the lack of a shop mark up, but whatever, its my gain. 600 plus shipping was a steal
I am 5'11 and i got the 181, and the fit is nearly perfect. i have been riding a pair of 175 park skis for the past 4 years, and the 181 was the perfect size for a powder ski. it is long enough that it is stable, yet short enough that it is easily manageable. there has only been one time where i wished i had a bit longer ski, and that was when i was charging a steep powder line, but i wouldn't sacrifice how nimble this ski is in a 181.
This ski is has the perfect flex. When i bought it, i was expecting a softer ski, and it ended up being stiffer than i thought. The guys at ON3P have found the perfect balance of creating a playful powder jib ski that is stiff enough that it plows through bad snow and there is no chatter due to the rocker.
the durability of these is top notch. i have hit rocks and such in early season conditions, and what would have caused a core shot in other skis left nothing more than a small scrape in the base. nothing even noticeable to the eye. the top sheets chip, but that is normal with this construction, and it really isn't that bad. i took Rowen's advise and sanded down chipping, and it made it less noticeable and stopped it from getting worse.
Update: over the 3 or so years i've had these skis, i had one unexplained minor tail delam. i talked to the guys at ON3P and they were more than willing to fix them and send them back to me if i sent them. i ended up having it done at Evo but that was two years ago and i havent had any more problems since then.