Awesome ski, best I've ever owned. Skis exactly how I want it to and does what I want it to all the time. Likes to be skied fast whenever possible and in softer snow. Incredibly balanced and comfortable in the air, more so than any other ski that I've skied so far.
Â Â Â Â Again, the best ski I have ever skied on. So far,Â Ive skied these 3 seasons, andÂ on some reallyÂ variable snow: fromÂ deep deepÂ powder (think chest to shoulders), shin deep, dust on crust, super windblown, crud, groomers, hardpack, ect.Â Its a weird mix of being forgiving when you need them to, but super super solid, stiff, and stable when you don't.
Â Â Â Â In powder,Â they float very well, particularly at speeds. I skied 60" of close to untracked blower at Bachelor, and in the flatter terrain, they floated fine, but wouldve been better if I had been able to get more speed. They were awesome in the super deep stuff and performed flawlessly and exactly how I wanted them to every day.
Â Â Â Â Earlier that trip, my friends and I hucked some pretty decent cliffs (25-35ish feet) into about 3 inches of fresh on top of about 6 inches from the previous 2 days. They are by and far the best skis for dropping stuff on. Incredibly stable in the air, and as long as you can take the impact, they allow you to stomp the shit out of it and tame the high speed run out with ease.
Â Â Â Â On groomers, these are super fun. They are so ridiculously stable its not even fair. I can go as fast as I possibly can, no worries at all.
Â Â Â Â In crud, as long as you lay them on edge and trust them, they will destroy it. If you just slide them around and dont ski them fast, theyre not nearly as fun.
Â Â Â Â I havent even gone into the park this year and dont plan to ever go in on these, but Ive spun some 3s off of some natural stuff and some rollers. They arent meant to spin and are a bit heavy, but its still easy to swing them around, and they feel really balanced in the air. More fun to just go off stuff with speed and throw a spread eagle anyways.
Â Â Â Â On rough hardpack and icy stuff, they're a little sketchy, but are ok all things considered. Ice is not fun on any ski, and these are no exception. Smoother hardpack is totally fine, as long as you put them on edge whenever possible.
Â Â Â Â Overall, great amazing ski in most any condition. It performs the best when at speed. It makes you ski faster and go bigger.
I love the graphics on these, they seem like very well made skis to not only me, but the local shop and all my friends.
I got a great deal at the end of the 2009/2010 season on these and am very satisfied.Â Â Â I ordered them on a Thursday in the afternoon, and they were there by Friday.I dont know how ON3P did it, but I'm not complaining.
Definitely got the right size, the 181s are great for me. Awesome in the open, and still very manuverable in the trees. Im 5'8 and about 140lbs with gear on. I have them mounted at the recommened line, which is 8cm back. Its definitley not a light setup, but its not too bad and helps them destroyÂ crud even better.
These are the stiffest skis that I have ever had the pleasure of hand flexing. The tip is pretty stiff, but softer than the rest of the ski, which helps it float. It is rock solid underfoot and at the tail.
The bases are excellent on these. When my friends and I hit some big gnarly rocks that were hidden in the snow, and while my friend's skis got a few biiiig huge coreshots,Â these got some big long scratches that didnt go very deep at all; you can hardly feel them. The topsheets are fairly chipped up, but not even close to as badly as almost any of the other skis that I've owned. What usually happens is the topsheet just sort of strings off versus chipping, which lets you just pull it off. For the chips that I did get, I covered them up with gorilla glue and then cut away the excess with a razor blade...problem solved.
Overall, very durable and well made ski.