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Featured Preview by00000000onAug 10, 2014 @ 5:58 PM
THE NEW Origin reminds us all why we love to ski. Playful tip and tail Bomb Rocker is combined with a hard-carving midsection and the perfect waist width of 116mm. Quick and easy turning from the rocker and carefully matched multi-radius sidecut, the Origin makes any terrain your personal playground.
This review comes from nearly an entire season spent riding the Origin 174.
Hereâ€™s a little bit about me and what I ski:
Me: Chica, 31 years, 5â€™9â€³, 135lbs, love deep fluff, fast groomers, and wide powdery glades!
Location of skiing: Mostly Western and Central Colorado
Type of skiing: Downhill-mostly resort, some side and backcountry
My first day out on the Origins was the first weekend of the new year. It was a bit of a nasty day in Tellurideâ€™s Revelation Bowl, only a little new snow over night and hardly any visibility. The snow underneath was crusty as it had for weeks been baking in the sun. But even with the slight dusting on the surface, the Origins stuck to the mountain, held their line and carved through the nasty crust without any skidding or chatter. Out on the groomers the snow was a little softer and they carved in such a playful, buttery way I felt I just had to make as many turns and spins as I possibly could!
I later took them for a run down a chute filled with hard avi debris as well as some soft new snow in the main chute. The Origins cut and turned through that choppy bumpy mess with incredible ease and when the chute opened up at the bottom, I was making super creamy, dreamy, floating turns in what was easily two feet of hardly tracked powder. I was amazed at the fact that I didn't actually have to charge as straight and fast as I could go to stay afloat. I could cruise merrily at whatever speed I wanted and still be on the surface, able to turn on a dime.
The Origins were also really fun in the bumps. Even though they are quite wide, they pivoted remarkably easily through any size of bump in any snow condition. Their perfectly rockered profile made pivoting and swinging them through the bumps a breeze.
On groomers, I charged as fast as I could go, laying down some huge arcing turns and never once did these skis ever feel like they would do me wrong. Because they are a powder ski, I never took them out on days where the snow was cement so I canâ€™t say how they do there, but I did take them out on the spring ice as it thawed out to slush and these skis held their grip until the snow softened up. They actually really liked the super slushy snow. they treated it like creamy powder.
There really isn't anything more to say about how amazing they ski all over the mountain in every condition. But when they get to open up in endless powder is when the magic really happens. Days upon days of rope drops and hiking for turns was rewarded ten fold by these skis. I felt like I could ski any way I wanted, wherever I wanted and however I pleased and the Origin would do it all, with no hesitation.