Well before I review this ski I m going to write a little bit about the Company Downskis. I am pretty sure not many of you are familiar with it:
Downskis is a small company out of Switzerland, which sells their skis directly to the customer (=you and me :D ). You can t buy their skis in any ski shops. Advantage: Excellent quality for a low price.
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Down Skis sells directly from the factory to you, cutting out markups from middlemen. This enables us to price extremely competitively while still delivering the highest quality skis.
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I can confirm that the quality for its price (The TD 103 is ~250 Euros in pre-sale) is insanely good. For your money you get: 2,3mm edges, full Carbon layer combined with a Poplar-Ash core, Sandwich construction and ABS sidewalls.
I am 6'3", 160 pounds and a pretty much advantage skier (I guess 3+) my Throwdown is mounted on true center which is +1cm from "Team" or +4cm from "Freeride".
The Throwdown measures slightly longer with 183cm than said 182cm on their homepage. Its flex is really really nice. The Tail is quiet responsive, tips are fairly soft but the ski feels really solid underfoot and gives you enough confidence for bigger kickers or decent cliffs.
Groomers: Due to the big amount of tip and tail rocker the ski feels short. On icy groomers it was really hard to set an edge, but every other twi tip is no exception when you know the edge hold of a slalom ski. When the snow gets grippy those skis are soo fun. Straightlining groomers, super G turns, euro carving or getting air over rollers. I never thought that this ski is too soft for me. Although I was quiet worried in the beginning due to the pretty soft tips: Those skis arent jittery at all.
Pow: They float well for a ski with a 103mm waist, cause of the long and high tip rocker. With a mount a little more backwards like -4cm the float will probably increase. Sending Cliffs in deep snow (>15') was sometimes quiet tricky. You really have to land on the sweet spot of the ski. Pretty straight and centered stance. A little to much weight forward and you ll have tipdive -> tomahawkkkk. Here a -4cm mount would definitely help A LOT.
Park/All Mountain jibbing: My main intention behind buying this ski was for having fun on the groomers, butters and presses, messing around in the trees, blasting bumps n crud as well as ripping the park in almost every condition. A do -it-all-ski.The edge hold on groomers is pretty impressive, although the ski has a lot tip n tail rocker. Its swingweight is really low and balanced. Throwing 3s,5s or any flips feels natural.
->Definitely one of the best or maybe THE best All mountain freestyle/jib ski on the market right now. The price is sooo on point, customer service is one of the best in industry and durability is really solid as well. If you really have some durability issues just contact their customer service.
Addition: My first pair came out of the first production run of this ski and so I had a big issue with topcheet chipping. After I ve contacted Downskis and discuessed this problem with them, I got a FREE pair of TD 103 V. 2.0 shipped to Canada from Europe!
Another proof for a sick customer service which is fully focused on happy customers.
My review is mainly based on the newer model which is supposed to be slightly softer than the original model. I didnt recognized any big differences at all.
Edit: In my pictures you can recognize the topsheet chipping on the first pair of the TD103s