• Surface Skis One Life 2009

      • Review by Lemuel on Sep 03, 2013 @ 10:14 PM
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      • Review:

        Overall

        I am very happy with them, I love everything about them besides the base. I was extremely bummed when I saw I had a core shot, especially since I have stomped on shark fin rocks on every pair of Lines I have without even a scratch on the bases, and I don't remember hitting a rock on these. I am a huge fan of thick bases and edges, those are the most important factors. I don't care if the ski is going to weigh more with thicker material, durability is the most important factor, and I am not sure if I would buy from Surface again. I love the skis, but I want them to be durable.

        Performance

        I love them.

        Groomers: I know, not what you would expect, but I feel it is necessary to add groomer ability. The turning radius is huge, it takes some time to get used to them. They are the fattest, longest, stiffest and my first rockered ski. You lay them on edge and they make a huge arc, don't plan on avoiding anything right in front of you. They hold an edge surprisingly well, even on ice. You will haul ass too, don't get back seat or you will get bucked.

        Pow: Unbelievable. They float in anything, turn on a dime, crush the slop. The extreme stiffness and shit load of rocker are best combo in my opinion.

        Trees: Unbelievable. If you ski on the east coast, you know that the trees are not wide open. They fly through the trees, the rocker almost acts as a suspension when you hit bumps, its such a unique feeling. Just lift up the tips when you come to a rythmic section and the rocker will roll over the top. It's so much fun.

        Design

        I love the design. The 3 stage rocker is so different than everything else out there. I wish surface made their park skis with 3 stage rocker. It is super playful for a stiff ski, you can lean right into the rocker and "butter" over anything. They are fairly light as well. Plus you get all sorts of comments in the lift lines:
        "Are they supposed to be like that?"
        "Why are they like that?"
        "Did you do that?"
        "Did you do that on purpose?"
        "Did you do that today?"
        "You should be in Alaska"
        "You know we are on the east coast right?"

        I have gotten all of those and more. It's really funny to here the ridiculous things people come up with to as.

        Value

        I got them for $190. Absolutely worth the money for me haha, but considering the retail price is $450 I believe, it is still worth it. Definitely a ski to try out at least.

        Fit

        I have the 189 and I am so glad I got them over the 179. I am 6 foot 155-160 pounds, have been skiing for 16 years. I ski on the east coast, got a ton of ridicule from people about getting such a powder specific ski, but I love them. They ski extremely short for how long they are, you can cruise through even the tightest trees without worrying about snagging your tails. I have them mounted at the recommended mark, I wouldn't suggest mounting any farther back.

        Characteristics

        The One Life is an extremely stiff ski. There is very minimal flex, which helps a ton in the choppy snow. Don't be afraid of the stiff flex though, the rocker makes the ski extremely fun and maneuverable. I have them in a 189 and they are quicker through east coast trees than even my lizzies. Don't be afraid of the length, it is a short 189, and then with the rocker they ski even shorter.

        Durability

        This is where the review starts to go downhill. Durability is not good. Typical topsheet chipping, but that's not what I am disappointed in. The edges are good, really thick and durable. The base is terrible. Super thin, I skied them probably 12 days at most this season, got a core short real early. The base is only as thick as a few sheets of paper. Not happy about that, considering my chronics have close to a hundred days on them from hitting rails, rocks, grass, you name it, and I got my first core shot on the last day of the season this year. Surface definitely needs to reconsider their choice for their bases. They get dry super quickly as well.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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      • Review by rudager on Aug 29, 2013 @ 8:54 PM
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        Overall

        The ski is hands down amazing. Has changed the way I ski in both big mountain, and all mountain. This can easily become a one ski quiver for many people out there. Holds up to anything you throw at it. I am looking forward to a new pair next year.

        Performance

        This ski is amazing in everything. The most versatile ski I've ever been on. Its dimensions are 140-112-132, and minimal camber underfoot. This allows it to hold an edge when you are bombing down hard pack after coming out of your favourite powder run.
        It's performance in powder is also amazing. The 3 stage rocker provides amazing float, despite its waist being less that 115mm. In the steeps, this ski charges. Like stated, it is a pretty stiff ski, minimal to none chatter. coming off cliffs, the ski stomps like a dream, then proceeds to continue charging down the rest of the line.

        Design

        The look takes a little to get used to. Unlike most rockered skis out there on the market, the One Life has more of a prominent bend to it, as opposed to a gradual curve. 8 degrees of rocker in the front and back. Many other people on the hill will question whether or not you broke your ski, or did the rocker yourself.
        The feel of this product is amazing, I prefer stiff skis over softer to medium flex skis, and this is just I want.

        Value

        I bought the skis for $550, they retail at roughly $600, which is worth every penny for what the ski is capable of.

        Fit

        I skied the 189, both a 179 and 189 are available. I am 6'2", 170lbs, and a pretty aggressive big mountain skier. Many would think that the ski would feel shorter with the amount of rocker, but it doesn't really. For those wondering, there is about 90cm of surface contact on the ski, with about 50 cm of rocker in the nose, and 50 cm of rocker in the tail.
        Only thing I can say about the size, I would prefer a length of about 193, the extra 4cm's could provide even more stability

        Characteristics

        The ski is pretty stiff. This makes it amazing for charging lines. I'll rate the nose and midsection both at 9, with an 8 in the tail.
        This stiffness prevents chattering at high speeds.

        Durability

        Unlike the other skis I've been on for the past 4 seasons, the One Lifes have held up for more than one season. After an aggressive season last year, they still held all of their life and stiffness. Nothing got worn out. They are still as stiff as they were on day one.
        One problem is the extruded bases, these bases are softer, and I found them to take damage quite easily if you hit some nasty rocks.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • One Life
    • Manufacturer:
    • Surface Skis
    • Year:
    • 2009
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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