The Mordecai, the middle ski in the Pollard jib line up is the only one I haven't spent a significant amount of time on. I took 2-3 runs on the '17 model at our ski test and it's definitely the stiffest of the 3 Pollard models. The nose especially, for a Pollard ski, struck me as surprisingly solid.
They have the traditional surfy sidecut/profile of all Pollard ski but the stiffer nature of the ski does change things. They are much more comfortable in choppy snow and more stable on landings than either the wider Magnum or the narrower Bacon. They do bridge the gap between the two other skis very well but at least in the mixed conditions I skied them in, they sometimes felt like a compromise. I personally do prefer both of the others, though bear in mind they are two of my all time favorite skis.
The new partly cloudy core, which uses Palouwina as the lightweight element, is responsive and fun but not I have to say, all that light. The Bacon, which also features the partly cloudy core, is quicker edge to edge, more buttery, lighter in the air and more fun on the groomed snow. The Magnum (much wider, still softer and also lighter thanks to a balsa/flax cloud core) was way more playful and fun for me in the soft stuff and even just for messing around on piste. If I was going bigger than I do though, the Mordecai would probably be my number 1 choice of pow ski.
The way I see it as this:
- Not many deep days but the occasional storm get the Bacon it's super versatile.
- Ski some deep days, like to go a bit bigger but still land switch and play around? get the Mordecai.
- Want to ski super playfully, land switch, jib around all over the hilly. The Magnum Opus