I rated this product an eight because it is an all mountain cruiser which is where I'd like to think of myself as a skier. I tend to ski through the park and hit jumps as opposed to spend the majority of my day there. It's been stated a few times but if you're looking for one ski, this is it. While it may not be ideal for slaying rails in the park, it is one of the most fun skis to ski on groomers around the mountain and in the trees. Definitely worth checking out!
This ski is an all mountain machine. I kept telling friends, "All I want to do is cruise on these." It's a Cadillac. So smooth in and out of turns. Very responsive in the trees and on the groomers. Not the greatest park ski but that's not what it's marketed to be. You can ski the entire mountain but I prefer to use them specifically in the trees, on groomers, and powder (when the east makes it available)
As stated in performance, the ski is incredible all over the mountain. As to the graphics, they could do better. With a name like "Hazmat" some sort of bio chemical design had to be used but maybe in the future Liberty could throw something more original that a biohazard logo on the tip.
Liberty sent me these skis to ride so I can not speak to the value of them but they tend to retail for $500 which is reasonable for all the places these skis can be used. If you only can afford one pair of skis and are not park heavy, these skis are for you.
181 is the perfect size for me as I'm about 6'1"
A stiff ski with a fun flex pattern.
Top sheet is already chipping which I've been informed directly from Liberty will happen though this issue has been fixed, according to Liberty, for the 08/09 release.
This is a great ski from a great company.Â If you want a versatile ski that will do it all and do it well, the Hazmat is for you.Â Talk to anyone from Liberty once, and you'll be hooked on the company they've built.Â
5'11"Â 155 lbsÂ 60% all-mountain 40% park
size: 181 cm
Great at whatever you want to do.Â They're extremely quick edge to edge, and they'll hold it on everything.Â The SB series chattered a lot on hardpack, but the Hazmats handle it with ease.Â Lots of life for powder-oriented skis, which enables them to ski the whole mountain.Â Lots of pop and stability in the park.Â Low swing weight.Â More than any ski I've ever ridden, the Hazmat is a one-ski-quiver.
The tails have a great painting of a guy in a hazmat suit with a beaker of something that glows, but the tips are lacking with only a large, off-center hazardous material symbol.Â Don't be fooled by the colors that you see online.Â The 164/181 sizes are actually more of a neon green than yellow (I have tried to color correct the image.)
Pretty expensive at $650 MSRP, but it won't be hard to find these on sale by the end of the season.Â Plus, your money is going to a company that utterly devotes itself to its riders.
Long mounting zone (core center to -7 cm.)Â Mine are mounted at what Liberty calls the the "cab forward" mounting point, -2.5 cm.Â Allows for personal customization
One of the more unique flexes out there.Â Torsionally stiff, but very easy to flex any way you want.Â Tips are stiffer in general than the previous model (SB series.)Â A versatile flex pattern that will handle anything from cruising to charging for any size rider
Only ridden for a short time so far, but it the previous SB series say anything about Liberty's durability, the outlook is good.Â The SBs had a burly construction, and the bases were bombproof