overall I love this ski. mounted +2 from recommended and I wouldn't have it any other way. low swing weight, 3's a breeze, handles really well switch. Next year I would like to get the Magic J or the bubba to compliment these. Would be the tits! buy this ski, you won't regret it
These skis straight dominate. I've skied them in just about every condition from 34" of 3% to sun fucked to ice rink groomers. Obviously since you are buying a 115 underfoot ski, you aren't buying it to ski groomers. But I was really blown away by this skis hardpack performance. Its like nothing I have ever skied before. I feel really confident on them, and can really lay some trenches. But where this ski really excels is in variable soft snow. I wouldnt say that it is extremely damp, you definitely get kicked around a little bit, but chopped up pow stands no chance against this ski. Such a smooth ride in soft snow. I've heard of people saying that the JJ doesn't do really well in one category but does ok in all of them. Well that is crap. These things slay like fucking motley crue in the deep. I didn't buy these skis to ski groomers, but by god I can. If I lived in Jackson, Whistler, etc this would be my everyday ski mid winter. It is that good, doesn't even feel 115 underfoot. My rock skis/park are k2 kung fujas (95 or 98 underfoot) with look px 12s and they weigh about the same.
The elf shoe is weird to look at, and the first run I was kind of like hmmm. But, after another run I was as confident on these skis as if I had been riding them all my life. If you aren't sure about elf shoe, don't worry because its such a cool design. the freeride rocker is great, perfect combo of rocker and camber.
Uh yea they are totaly worth it.
185, its more like 183 but oh well. If I were skiing bigger mountain, I would take the 195 in a heartbeat. I love the 185 though, its very nimble, and very pivoty. Oh and I am 6' tall.
I would say these are on the stiffer side just by flexing by hand. Though they are extremely light, so the on snow flex is different. I would say in the soft snow, they are definitely not even close to the hellbent as far as flex. I would say closer to the new life in on snow flex. (these are the only pow skis I have skied so all I really have to compare it to)
This year has been pretty rough on us here in CO. lots of bushwhacking rocks hiding undersnow, definitely a year to fuck some skis up. The bases have been pretty resistant to wear, I have about 15 days on them and nothing major so far. knock on wood. topsheets staying together quite well so far. So thus far, its been g0od durability wise knock on wood