Pretty much the perfect ski for an advanced freerider on the east coast (thats all i ski, midwest and the east). If you find yourself riding switch often, not spending all day in the park, and hitting every little side trail and jump you can find, than this just might be the ski for you. I have spent the last few seasons trying everything from soft park skis to carving skis, skis too long for me and skis too short, and I have found this ski to be that perfect one ski quiver for the east coast guy who skis a little bit of everything including the park, powder, and tight glades. I dont want to bring 2 or 3 different pairs of skis with me to the hill for different conditions and riding, now that I ride the 171 Jeronimo I only need one.
**I have mine mounted at recommended indent on the skis with Marker Griffons**
Excellent ride, exactly what I was looking for in a one-ski east coast quiver.
The 96mm waist is still a lot of fun once you get up to speed on the groomers and the extra width + the rocker make it a dream in the trees and soft snow. Im not sure I would go much wider than this considering i ski midwest-type terrain for a majority of the time (re: flat and short hills with lots of man made snow).
Ripping groomers and trees though have never been so fun for me! I like that the dimensions are close to symmetrical bit still a-symmetrical because i ride a lot of switch and these ride great going both ways.
In the park they handle big jumps really well although the tip and tail rocker does mean you cant land too far on your nose or tail to avoid going over the handlebars. I have avoided rails as much as possible though in an effort to keep the edges nice and they still show no signs of damage from rocks or rough stuff in the woods.
The bamboo core has a ton of life in it and when you combine that with the tip and tail rocker sections you get a ski that moves in ways you didnt think it could. Very fun! The profile of the ski (camber underfoot/tip and tail rocker) seems to be a perfect blend of the two technologies. Very versatile ski.
Right from the first glance these skis scream great design. The feel and finish is top notch and the graphics and colour schemes are eye catching as well.
Worth every penny.
I wanted a ski that would be ideal for ripping everything i ride in ontario + the glades and pow for when i take trips out east and i opted for the 171 for its shorter length and tighter radius (18.7m vs 21.4m). I had 2008 172 line chronic blends for my everyday ski prior to these which were just as stiff and a hell of a ski, but the stiff flex and full length camber of the skis made the tight east coast glades are real prick sometimes. My solution was to stick with something the same size and flex as the Blend, but with some rocker for maneuverability without comprising float in soft snow and I ended up in a debate between the Rossignol s3 and ON3P Jeronimo's.
The flex is nice and stiff through the cambered portion of the ski and lightens up near the tip and tail sections that are rockered. The bamboo core is very even and stable and it provides a ton of power and snap which can add a lot to everyday skiing. For reference I'm 150lbs pounds and an aggressive skier and i found the 171 to be right in the sweet spot for me for all round ripping while still being nimble enough in the glades. I havent tried the 181s.
The flex does appear to be softening ever so slightly as i get more days on them, and judging from the last pair of bamboo skis i had, it likely will go a little softer yet. Regardless though the bamboo stiffer flex and snap holds up very well over time and I am not disappoint at all with the flex of these skis. One of the best IMO.
Skied some pretty crazy stuff this season, hit some rocks and stumps and yet the bases are still mint looking. No sign of edge defects and the lamination is still solid. these even took a beating on the roof of the car on a couple of occasions with the salt and dirt off the roads but still no problems to report*.
*skis now have a nice cover to avoid this in the future :D