Picked up these bad boys up for $250, they are amazing. They do best in fresh snow of any amount due to their massive rocker, however by the end of the season I loved them so much that I was using them in the park and warm spring snow. They are very stiff and make straight lining runs very fun, they just charge through anything. I was surprised at how light they are, even when mounted with FKS14s they still feel relatively light for how big they are. I skied mostly at Baker/Whister/Cypress so snow is plentiful, on heavy days when people are getting swamped down these thing float and charge.
The only negative is when its icy, they would slip out from under me. In the park they are very nimble for their size , on jumps, they are super stiff, making a solid landing platform.
The skis have handled everything I've thrown at them, and they love it. Amazing float in the deep stuff, amazing stability in the steep stuff. I can straight line the gnarliest lines, and they never let me down. I can stomp the endless powder, and they always stay afloat (this goes the same for switch).
Back on piste, these things stay solid, no problems railing groomers, no chatter on the ice, and they aren't slow.
Like I said, for $600, get these beasts. They are perfect for anyone (any size, offered in a 174, 184, and 194. All same dimensions,) who loves to ski deep powder, or charge steep lines.
If you're looking for a fat ski that will tackle anything you throw at them, then look no further.
Feel free to PM me if you have any further questions.
The skis are hands down amazing. I was sceptical towards how they would have performed in the now deep snow, but I'm still able to rail a turn down like nothing. No chatter either, which I love.
I ski the New Lifes at Kicking Horse, I've grown up on that hill, it's a big mountain hill. I know the local lines there, and I've found myself in some pretty technical stuff on these , lines where I've heard people mutter "that guy is fucking crazy". The New Lifes don't care, they live for it. They live for the steeps, the speed, and the deep snow.
They also love landing switch in powder and skiing out. No sinking or any catch ups at all.
At first, I was a little unsure of how a symmetrical (151-122-151) would perform everywhere, but they have turned out to be amazing. The 3 stage rocker is great for the deep snow, along with the symmetricalness. I have noticed little to none of the claims people lay towards Surface and their 3 stage rocker (how the abrupt rocker plows the snow, or how the symmetrical shape doesn't allow you to release from your turn).
Best value for your money, with a retail price of $600, these skis are worth every penny.
I chose the 194. Center mounted (Symmetrical ski). I'm actually very happy with the length of these. I haven't felt unstable at all while charging, they aren't too long for me in the trees. However; when they are stupidly tight trees, it gets difficult, but it's like that with everything. If these were offered in a 196, they'd probably be even that much better.
I found this ski to be pretty stiff. Stiff throughout the whole ski.
I've skied these, and I've skied the One Lifes, Surface rates the One Life at a 9, and the New Life at an 9.5. This is pretty much dead on.
Surface has stepped up their durability in their skis this year. I noticed it the most in the bases (Extruded). My old One Lifes had very weak bases, any little knick from a rock would create a gouge. Yet with the New Life, they've skied over stuff that would have destroyed my One Lifes, and they are A-O.K.
Along with the bases staying strong towards anything they go over, the ski has kept itself together. Tons of life left in these skis!