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Featured Review byMr.BishoponMar 04, 2014 @ 9:42 PM
The Gaucho is an excellent all-mountain rip stick. This definitely would classify as something that you could use as a one-ski quiver. With a 102 in the waist, and some metal running through it - it lays down carves like a banshee when you're slaying the hardpack.
I definitely found this ski extremely stable at super high speeds, and was absolutely ecstatic to lay down massive carves after getting up to mach stupid on a steep groomer.
In addition, I tested these on a day with some tracked out fresh snow, and they performed exceptionally well ripping up the tracked out chunder and crud that ensured throughout the day. They have a flex pattern that leads much more to blasting through the snow vs. surfing over it, but the rocker in the tip definitely ensures that you're floating in the right spots just enough when you need to be.
I would be somewhat hesitant to say this would be extremely fun riding an east coast park all day, simply because its a much stiffer ski. Of course, that would depend on what you were doing in said park.... jibbing around and generally doing smaller slopestyle or rails might not be quite as fun, but it definitely would stand up if you're hitting the pipe or doing a big jump day.
If you like the MSP, this is the ski that is replacing it. As an addition to your quiver its a perfect all mountain ripper as long as you don't need too much fatness, and will handle its own on just about anything. As a standalone, its a perfect ski for almost any condition - enough waist to enjoy a pow day, but not too much to hate a carving day. The 19m carving radius makes it a nice snappy and responsive ski when you're blasting just about anything.