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I was super impressed with the Opus, especially having owned noodly-EP pros in the past (which I loved, but washing out on landings got old). I definitely would recommend these to anyone who consistently skis pow and loves a playful ski!
Unreal. I was really happy with these skis in deep snow, onviously, as they're an amazing powder weapon. I was surprised with how they handled in "packed pow", I think that was actually my favourite conditions on these skis because they were so good for slashes and butters in snow that allowed for a bit more traction.
Know ahead of time that these are a symmetrical ski, meaning you will have to be fairly dialed in your stance if you want to look like a "classically good skier" (which I know I fail at sometimes). With that said, be prepared to have a crap-ton of fun and butter around like crazy. If you like to sink into the snow and don't ever go switch, maybe look at a ski that has a pin-tail instead and will allow a more solid feel.
EP's classic, simple and inspiring artwork never gets old. I love the look of them.
Very good. $700 USD retails i very fair, and far below what you'll find some of the "boutique brands" selling similar products for.
185, perfect for me!! I'm 6'2" so that's a pretty standard length, but if you're shorter and like a bit more stability then it's a rad length. If you like them more playful, drop down to a 178. If you want a super charger version, Line just came out with a 192.
I have owned several pairs of EP-designed skis in the past, and it’s clear his design philosophy has had a bend, don’t break strategy at its core (no pun intended). Instead of abandoning his efforts and adopting less symmetrical, stiffer designs like many others, Pollard and Line have stuck to their guns while adopting some new tricks. Compared to older editions of the EP Pro, the Opus are stiffer and handle better in just about every condition.
Medium soft, symmetrical, consistent. That's how I would describe it.
The bases are standard, they don't scratch easily but if you ski over a rock field you're doomed, as with any pair of skis ever.
The top sheets are where I had some issues with the Opus.They chip fairly easily on the sides and the graphics can get scratched. I for one am not very concerned by the durability of my top sheets because a ski well skied should look that way, but if you're the kind of person who really values pretty clean top sheets, it might be worth looking at a ski with a stronger top sheet.
Overall though no problems with de-lam, de-camber or surprising scratches, so I give a thumbs up in this category still.