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An awesomely fun a spunky ski that can do anything you want it to do. They have handled some serious ice, crud, rocks, jumps, moguls, I have not been able to but I cant wait to get these in some pow as I am betting they will be great.
If you want a ski that can do it all, that is durable (where it counts) and incredibly affordable (even on a college students budget) and incredibly fun BUY! I will be a strong believer in Bluehouse Skis for a long time to come. Not to mention the best customer service for anything I have ever bought, EVER! (These would get a 10/10 if it were not for the topsheet, which does not even really matter in performance)
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WOW! I know that is a cliche way to begin but that is how I feel about this ski. I was surprised once I had these on. They feel very light on your feet. My first launch off a mogul was very very surprising. I had no idea how poppy this ski was until this point. I over shot my desired landing and landed in a whole bunch of heavy crud. Which brings me to my next point. These things eat crud for breakfast. I was expecting to be thrown off the ski, but they cruised right through all the junk snow like it was not even there. In these early snow conditions I have been skiing alot of smaller (perfect jibbing sized) trees. My god these things are nimble! They are very very responsive from tip to tail and the MR's felt like an extension of myself while I was weaving in and around these shrubs. In summation light, poppy, stable, solid, and FUN!
I must admit I really liked the 08/09 design scheme for the topsheet. I feel like these look too boring for how much personality these skis have. Depending on size 164 = white, 171 = tan, 179 = black. All are a glossy finish, which is...eh. Lots of smudges show up but on the plus hand its shiny so maybe you will like it.
quoted from the bluehouse website:
"The Bluehouse MR (125-92-120) has been product tested and compared to the following models of similar dimensions:
K2 Kung Fugas (125-95-120)
Dynastar 6th Sense Big (122-94-114)
Volkl Mantra (133-96-116)
Line ARV (120-89-109) "
Easily FAR LESS money then the aforementioned with very high quality
I got the pair of skis in a package deal with Px12-jib bindings for $409 directly from the factory.
without bindings they are $315 (screaming deal, especially when you get them with the px12's which are also a very good binding)
This makes these skis much more affordable than comparable skis
I am 5-8 135 and I opted to go for the 171cm and I feel like I made a great decision. I felt like 179 might be a little too long. However after skiing the 171, the ski is so incredibly nimble and responsive I feel I would not have had any problem on the 179, they also come in 164cm. It really all comes down to preference but no matter what size you choose you will have a very fun ski that you can ski with ease regardless of the size you choose.
The flex on the 2010-2011 is something I found most interesting about this ski. It is inevitably stiff which I like, but what is great about the flex, is it is forgiving exactly when it needs to be. When you are charging hard down the mountain they are very stable and yet when you have a hard landing they are forgiving enough to keep you going. I have never skied a bamboo core skis but it makes for a very nice and very fun flex pattern.
First the bad. The topsheet is pretty awfully fragile. First day I had several chips and dings all around the tips of the ski, and I was being very ginger with them, this all happened during normal skiing, no rails involved. I think it mostly occurred from the skis bumping into each other throughout the day.
I have talked to Bluehouse and they are already coming out with a new topsheet for next season (bravo for listening to customer feedback).
The bases of these ski's are TOUGH, practically bomb-proof no complaints there.