A few weeks back I got the chance to try out a pair of sick days with my dad for a few days. I have only heard about this ski and seen it in shops but everything I was hearing was that it's one of the most fun all mountains skis out there. So why not try it out?
First off I'm a bit bigger dude. 5'9" and 200lbs. And I rode the 186 model at recommended mount. My dad and I both got a pair to try for the weekend and living on the east coast, were blessed with fresh snow and blue skies. So off we went.
Coming from riding this years blends I kind of had a feeling these skis would be similar and in many ways I felt I was right. But I will say right now that they're two completely different skis. The best was I could say it was the sick day was like the blends grown up brother. Doesn't go backwards and hit rails anymore but still has its own fun across the mountain. And holy shit can you charge with these things.
First of all. You can Ollie these skis. And it's awesome. Like you feel four again awesome. The first time I went to pop into the "steeps" of a trail I unexpectedly did what we all love to hear and do.
I sent it.
Only it wasn't like I was ready for it. Still I managed to keep it together enough to keep the skis under me and probably had the biggest five year old smile on my face that I e had in years. And these skis kept it there all day.
On hardpack/ packed powder these things gripped and held at speed beautifully. Even landing a few natural jumps here and there was easier than I figured it would be. It was even easier in the soft stuff and even more fun to charge. I found myself more confident in the woods and soft snow, trying to push myself (and honestly the ski because it wasn't mine) as hard as I could. And damn was it fun.
Obviously no ski is for everyone. And I'm sure there's a good amount of kids here that probably don't care about trying line or the sick day or think this other ski is better or whatever. But I think everyone should at least try them out if they get a chance. Especially the east coast kids. I haven't ridden the wider one so as far as I know that ski could suck but the sick day 95 is honestly one of the most fun skis I've ever had a chance to ride.
I didn't have them long enough to really test durability but I've had my blends for the entire season so far with no issues as of yet. Still not a lot of time really but usually by now you know if a ski is going to hold together or not until the end of the season.
Pros and cons. Well the pros are basically it's stupid fun, poppy, very stable on hardpack and by the way the graphic looks so sick.
Only con is the price. $750 seems a bit much but if it doesn't delam after 60 days of charging then I guess it's fair.
Like I said these ski like the older brother of the blends. The blends do everything these do but more softer and relaxed to have fun with. Literally the blend is a make the mountain your playground ski for the park enthusiast.
On the other hand by comparison the sick day is the same thing for the mountain enthusiast. The mountain is your playground. So whether you try or buy, go play.