Meet the Abyss- a part of Coalition's first ski line made for women, designed by women. I was intrigued by the skis ever since the first Kickstarter launch, I've firsthand experienced how some women's skis (for lack of a better term), just suck. Shrink'ed and pink'ed.
I first got my hand on a pair of their skis at SIA, I got to give them the good ole' flex test. Stiff but responsive, just how I like them.
I was able to meet up with Coalition's COO, Jenn Sheridan in mid-march to put the Abyss' through the ringer in Jackson Hole. It was a sunny spring day, and we had just gotten 50" over the past week. Parts of the mountain were skied out, but we were able to find plenty of soft snow to play around in.
Taking turns through the expert chutes. Jenn Sheridan photo
I'm aggressive on my skis, and I require them to help me charge through anything the mountain has in store- especially in Jackson. We started off the day on some variable groomers, warmer weather gave us some inconsistent slush and bumps, however the Abyss did just fine charging through them. From making wide turns to straight out bombing, the Abyss remained powerful in control while still allowing me to be playful over rollers and side hits. I wasn't hesitant to push the ski's limits.
I didn't get the opportunity to ski the Abyss in fresh, light, powder. However, I still had some fun in some new-ish snow, their performance was no different from earlier in the day. Making turns came naturally, and the stiffness of the ski excelled in deeper conditions.
I recommend the Abyss to the ladies who need a ski without an upper limit- if you love to charge, this ski is for you. And it comes in lengths long enough to keep up with us shredders.
LENGTH: 173cm / 180 cm
TIP: 137 mm / 140 mm
WAIST: 114 mm / 118 mm
TAIL: 130 mm / 135 mm
CENTER RADIUS: 24 m
TIP RADIUS: 43 m
TAIL RADIUS: 48 m
CONSTRUCTION: Full birch wood core absorbs vibrations and provides a solid flex that will hold up at high speeds and variable conditions. Slanted ABS sidewalls lower swing weight, allow for quicker turn initiation, and provide a solid edge grip. These things turn on a dime. Rebound and energy created through sandwich construction.