I am obviously stoked that I purchased these skis. They have honestly brought me to new levels in skiing. I have gotten way more comfortable riding switch thanks to these skis for one. The way these skis pop have broughten me to new heights. I enjoy supporting smaller companies too. These skis look cool with stickers too which is always a plus, especially die cut ones. I am definately stoked on 4frnts skis. The VCT's look cool as hell, gonna save up to get em. :)
Oh yea, that picture of me on the STL's is in the Hellroaring Backcountry at Big Mountain in Montana at a cool drop down jump. I call it Miguels Drop and so do some others. Its a sick jump. :)
Oh yea, and I rated it a 9 cause every noob always rates everything 10.
Yes. I have used this ski for 2 full seasons so far and am entering my third season on them. I keep pretty good care of my skis. I hit rails on them alot when I like the setup of the rail. I try not to utterly bash them on stupid rails. The edges are all perfect and have no cracks after two seasons of rails, so that means alot to me. I did not have to send them back for a stupid warranty either which is nice, because it would be lame for that to happen in the middle of the season. So this ski has kept me progressing for the last two seasons without any season ending injuries.
This ski is crazy lightweight. Being on the chairlift alot, I could hardly even notice the weight of the skis on my feet. They seem to have excellent pop. I swear that I could do that shit that Josh Bibby does in skimatic with the nose butter cork spins with these skis if i can get the balls to do it. The ski is very responsive and snappy off of the lip. With the longer ski, I can preload my tails alot to ollie off of bumps and whatnot. The tails do not wash out either which is great for landing jumps or gnarly near wrecks. I truly believe this ski has saved my ass so many times from wrecking. I keep my edges fairly sharp cause in MOntana, I dont like to be caught on steep ass ice with no edges. The edges seem rediculously strong too which is a gread benefit.
This ski also made me pick up switch skiing so much better. The shape of it has just worked excellent on showing me better ways to ski both ways. I definately feel this ski has made me a way better skier.
I believe so. I have had a lot of fun on these skis for two seasons of riding and more to come. I had an epic powder week in Utah a couple winters ago and these are the only skis I had with me and they worked fine. I got to ride Park City's park once which was cool too. This ski is a lot of fun on big groomed rollers and what not to pop off of and that kind of thang, skateboard style.
Apparently, the STL was built with parkriding/ jibbing in mind. That holds true from my experience. I really enjoy the flex on this ski. The skis seem very stable, even when flexed to the max. I have used these skis in powder (i forgot my pow skis) and although it took some getting used to, I made it down safely everytime. They are not noodles. I have the 183's and enjoy having the longer ski as well in all situations. I skied down some narrow chutes with them and you need to get used to the flex, but you can literally butter down chutes sideslipping without catching edges if you are careful. This ski has good pop and I swear I was boosting way higher than normally when on this ski compared to previous. They feel very solid to land on too.
Since I paid quite a bit of money for these, I kept real good care of them, meaning waxing alot, not leaving outside in cold. I hit quite a few rails too and have learned proper ways to bail off if it doesnt look good so I can save the life of my skis which helps alot. But as I have said before, there are no cracks in the edges. The topsheet chips a little bit, but if you are sorta careful about it and dont always bash your skis into each other, its not that bad. The sidewalls on this ski are one thing that make it really durable. I haven't really seen it in to many other skis, but I havent seen all the new shit lately. It never chips out though and I kinda like how it is slightly obtrusive to the base and topsheet. The stuff doesnt get weak when it gets cold either. I would honestly be surprised if this ski doesnt last like another year or two.