Dollar for dollar I doubt there is a ski on the market today that can compete with the Bluehouse MR's. Groomers, park, kickers, BC this ski slays it all. To summarize I'd describe it as my ideal one-ski quiver.
I have never skied on anything nearly as versatile as the MR's. Switch skiing is effortless and results in equal radii turns and characteristics as traditional. They feel well balanced underfoot on rails and despite the camber underfoot you can still spin on boxes really well. Conditions: In three consecutive days at Loon last week I went from slush to ice with crud to man made and they slayed it all. On groomers they remain really stable at high speeds and on ice the edges engage evenly and hold perfectly. I haven't had the pleasure of introducing them to some fresh pow yet, but I can't wait to see how they perform.
The almost symmetrical shape is of particular use to myself because I do Instruct ski lessons in this ski, and it allows me to easily demo certain motions switch (rather than regular) while simultaneously watching my students.
Definitely my favorite graphic of the year. When I went to get them mounted I had three separate people stop me to comment on how beautiful/sick the skiis looked and two more when I went to pick them up. One of the girls working the counter actually hit on me after seeing the skiis - they're that sexy.
I purchased the skiis along with the Look PX-12 bindings as a package from the Factory-Direct skis website for under 500$ with a 20$ coupon I found online. I have yet to see any skii come close to the value and deliver as much bang for your buck as these have
At 6'0" and ~165 lbs (183cm and 75 kg) the 179 MR's feel pretty perfect. With the 93 underfoot, 125 tip and 121 tail they're definitely a larger ski but quite manageable. (153.5 running length) At the manufacturer recommended mounting point for 'freeride/jibbing' they feel shorter then they are, but remain incredibly stable. The MR's were a bit heavier than I anticipated, and as a result kickers don't really throw you quite as high, but their poppiness more than makes up for it so in the end: If you want to go up, they get you up, if you didn't you don't get chucked quite as high and land stabler.
Pretty even flex at the tip and tails with a really nice transition into being stiff underfoot. Comfortable to butter, but always feels very stable. Its weight is offset by the pop and can launch you quite well.
The bases and edges are SOLID on this bad boy. Unfortunately, the topsheets are very brittle and prone to tiny chips along the sidewall. In addition to this I started to notice very tiny hair-line cracks develop on the topsheet around the tip after some particularly cold days out (-20F w/ windchill). These are purely cosmetic and barely noticeable unless the light is reflecting the proper way. Overall though, the topsheet's lack of durability is why this ski got a 9/10 from me.