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Featured Review bytraviasonJan 19, 2015 @ 12:39 AM
I've ridden all sorts of All-Mountain/Powder skis over the years and these definitely rank near the top of the list so far. I rode them on all sorts of conditions and they performed great all-around.
They're a powder ski first and foremost and that's when they really shined. They have a tapered tip and tail with dimensions of 130-139-116-135-126. I'm a huge fan of the tapered design because while your able to float with the best of them, the narrow tip and tail gives you great control in the trees and chopped conditions.
Of all the skis I've tried I would liken these most to the Armada JJ, however, they have a slightly stiffer flex pattern and a bit more weight. This made them distinct in two ways. First off, I found it took just a little more effort to butter, but once I found the sweet spot they rebounded with a ton of pop. I also found that the extra stiffness made it easier to stomp bigger drops or to land in heavy, chopped snow.
After a few days of Powder we unfortunately got some rain followed by extreme cold, which turned the hill to an ice rink. They're definitely not race skis but more than held their own. They're quick to turn and have a surprisingly narrow radius (15m) considering they're 116 underfoot. The stiffer flex also helped blow through hard pack at high speeds with very little chatter.
All around, they're a great All-Mountain/Powder Ski. Combine their performance, awesome top sheet design, and the fact that they only cost $599 full price (now selling for $499,) I'd definitely recommend these skis to a friend.