Overall, I can probably say that my experience with Folsom Custom Skis out of Boulder, CO was the best experience I have ever had as a customer. I will absolutely be buying again, and I would recommend all yall NSers save your money. Instead of buying tall teez, buy some Folsoms.
The skis have held up quite well after the first season of riding. I was recently in Valle Nevado, Chile on these things and they did take a good pounding on the sharp rocks down there. I was very impressed with how well the bases held up. That really was the ultimate test and to see them withstand that really got me stoked. I have also been very impressed with how little chipping the sidewalls have developed. On all of my other skis, there would be bad peeling/chipping particularly on the mid section of the ski. With these Gambits, there is hardly any sign of wear, even after 100+ days of hard shredding.
The look is what I was most stoked on. I really liked the graphic from the original Sir Francis Bacon, and I wanted to do a throwback tribute to that. The best part about Folsom Skis is that you can do practically whatever graphic you prefer. They are quite willing to help with and design/graphic issues to make the ski exactly how you want it to be.
Even though these skis were a bit pricey, I would say that it is worth every penny. Jordan at Folsom spent at least 10 hours talking to me about my build, and he really followed through with everything. The extra bit of money was definitely worth the stellar customer service.
Since I am 6'4, the 205 cm length was a great choice for me. All other rocker designs were simply too small. I must say after riding the 205 Gambit, it felt shorter than my old school 172 Lizzies. The size of the ski was a perfect match.
Well, since I had the opportunity to do a custom flex pattern, I decided to make it unique. I went with a bit stiffer flex underfoot for the mid 100cm of the ski. Now, since this thing is a 205 there was still plenty of room for variation. As you get closer to the tip of the ski, the flex pattern gets much softer. This allows for great butterability even in the wet and sticky snow. The ski is still rigid enough though to maintain stability when landing cliffs or charging at high speed through the variable conditions.
As mentioned before, these skis have held up great to all types of abuse. Sharp rocks, wall rides, rails, and the occasional gaper have had no match against the bases of these guys.