This is the first review I've ever wrote. So bear with me. I am reviewing the Surface Double Time. Where do I begin? For starters I am an 18 year old park rat. I'm 5'7 155 pounds. I ski at buttermilk and snowmass and now due to my recent college decisions I ski in summit county. My double times are mounted dead center with Peak 15 bindings.
The pros: This ski is really light which surprised me. I chose the 170 over the 180 because I like to ski rails more than jumps. Learning tricks on and off rails was pretty easy. They feel like there is nothing there. These skis are really really stiff. In fact, they are too stiff for my liking. Seriously, these things are 2x4s. They dont flex. The design of them is attractive and I get many compliments on them from mostly girls if that makes a difference. If youre looking for a stable jump ski, this is it, but if youre on the fence about sizing choose the bigger size.
The cons: unfortunately, the surface double time is not the ski for me. I like to jib and butter and press everything on the mountain but these skis are just too damn stiff. I should of done a little more research. Another gripe of mine is they felt somewhat unpredictable off jumps. For instance, I'd be hauling ass into a jump and start putting in a carve but it felt like the skis were pushing back. Its like they were saying "no" and trying to counteract my actions. I came off of Salomon suspects before these. Suspects are a much better ski off of jumps. Another thing I should point out, the durability of the edges is not amazing by any means. (insert quick rant) I hate it when kids buy park skis and then whine about how the topsheets are getting scratched. Are you kidding? youre banging your skis against things much harder than the topsheet themselves. If you dont want your skis to get scratched dont ski its as simple as that (end fragment) but I digress. The edges on these things are weeeeeaaaakkkk. Comparable to my suspects. I do ski a lot of rails and I know edge cracks are just one of those things I have to deal with but I noticed edge cracks within a month of skiing park, which is faster than usual. The inside edge of my right ski even pulled out the following month. I slide right foot forward usually. They just dont last.
Overall: I love surface as a company, but I wont be buying another pair of their skis until they make something that can flex, is more predictable, and with stronger edges. I give the double time a 3 out of 5 because their customer service is amazing and the ski surprised me in some aspects. The double time gets docked 2 stars though because of the durability and how unpredictable these things are. Seriously though, they have a mind of their own.