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Featured Preview by00000000onAug 10, 2014 @ 6:05 PM
Reviewed Ski Size: 168 (116-89-115)Review:
Nimble, light, and playful, with enough width for most conditions, the Antigen is fully symmetrical in flex and sidecut. Bomb Rockered tip and tail allow catch-free performance on park features and natural terrain, anywhere on the mountain.
Rode these bad boys all summer on the glacier and had way too much fun. Punishing slushy landings, greasing big rails, buttering around they do it all with ease. There's no fighting theses skies, they do exactly what you want. light, poppy and durable what more could you ask for? I would definitely recommend these to anybody looking to have a great time on the slopes.
I primarily picked these up to use as a spring all-mountain and park ski. For a price point ski (I got mine for about $250), these have top-notch construction and a nice textured top sheet similar to the snow-shedding material Moment uses. The rocker and softer flex make these skis ideal for shorter turns, more technical terrain (spring skiing in Tahoe the last few years has involved a lot of obstacle dodging), and park skiing. The skis are substantial enough underfoot that they are adequately stable at really high speeds and through rough conditions, but I found these skis to work better for me when I was maneuvering around in the crud and chop than trying just to push through it. I'm not a super rad park skier, but the skis felt supportive enough off of moderate jumps and natural features, and any falls were usually due to operator error. The skis are symmetrical in sidecut and flex, so skiing switch felt very intuitive (I have mind mounted at -2 from ski center). For a skier comfortable hitting really large park jumps, I think the Antigens might have a bit too much rocker and slightly too soft a flex for them to be really satisfied with them. The extruded bases are a little bit soft, and I've gotten a few small gouges skiing across the parking lot (when there's snow on the ground) and on metal features in the park (which is expected, but I'm not really good enough in the park to be really abusive toward my skis, so I think that a heavier or more aggressive skier might tear the bases up more severely). On the other hand, the edges seem to hold up pretty well. I believe this year's model (15/16) has a sintered base, which might improve on the only real issue I've found with these skis. However, I think the Antigens are a really solid ski in the price point range that will work for most skiers looking for a park and/or all mountain ski.
These skis are just plain fun. I put them through a couple aggressive hot laps of icy moguls, the tightest snake line through the trees I've ever skied, drops into bumps, and butters off of everything I could find and they held up great on everything.
Probably not your best choice when there's a foot of snow on the ground but perfect for east coast kids, park riders, and all mountain jibbers.