• Ninthward Laurent Thevenet Pro 2006

      • Review by DingoSean on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
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        Overall

        Ski has incredibly solid performance characteristics, and is very solid other than those weak topsheets. Super stiff, but insanely stable, not buttery, but really nice in pipe and on jumps. still good in the powder, but happiest in goopy crud. Tough base, and burly edges. Fairly light for such a stiff ski... really fun in the park and beyond.


        Performance

        They perform very well. I have them mounted 2 back of center, which works really really well going switch. They are 90 underfoot, which makes them incredibly versitile all mountain, and allows them to still be able to rip in the park. Off jumps and in the pipe, they hold super stable and if you really get in deep, they have infinite pop that can launch you to heights unimaginable. They are an East Coast skier's dream for an all mountain ski. Really really good edge hold, and incredibly easy to manouver edge to edge. These eat groomers for lunch. They dont back down in powder either. Probably a little stiff and narrow for most powder situations, but I caught a powder day last week where even when they sank a bit, they were really able to pull out easy because of the exagerrated tips and tails. They destroy crud though, and are definitely a great ski for the immediate days after a big dump, or on heavily tracked, goopy sierra cement, or wet PNW snow.

        The only place they probably will lack is in the powder I would say, and that is only due to them being so incredibly stiff. Regardless, they are still better than any park specific ski in that realm.

        Design

        They look mad sick. Snow white with the red/black bandanna look, and the giant 9 graphics on the base and topsheet. Look pretty sweet graphically concerned.They are made with a fir core, wrapped extra thick in fibreglass through the midsection of the ski as to help make sure you wont rip out a binder. Like I said, this makes the ski quite stiff.

        The dimensions are 125-90-115, which are pretty damn good all around dimensions.

        Value

        They are typically going for 300-400 bucks, which is definitely a fair price for a ski that is as veristile as this one. For sure a good price for a one ski quiver type of stick.

        Fit

        These only come in a 176 size, which is perfect for a lot of people. Those who are use to riding something a little longer will be happy with these because they are mad stiff, and allow great stability at a shorter length. I weigh 140 or so, and these would, and SHOULD be too stiff for me at this length, but I tend to like the stability of a stiffer ski, so they work great for me. Very happy with the size.

        Characteristics

        An extremely stiff ski. Think of the Volkl Karma... now think stiffer. Honestly. That said, these skis are definitely stable everywhere. They kill it in powder, and they dominate it off park jumps and in the pipe. Proably not the best thing for just jibbing and definitely not a buttery ski, but then again, most kids arent going to want to butter around on something 90+ underfoot anyway. They are for sure the stiffest twins I have ever ridden in my life, but I actually REALLY like them.

        Durability

        This is where they have some issues, and why I knocked the true rating down a notch or two.

        They are Ninthwards, which are NOTORIOUS for the top sheets being very sketchy. First day I had them, I had some really good nicks in them, and in some places, they were plain flaking off. The sidewalls also dont seem that durable, as some of the chips slice right into the sidewall... that said, the sidewalls on these skis are supposed to be a bit softer in order to handle the copius amounts of flexing onto boxes, rails, statues, rain gutters, car roofs, and other urban artifacts. The topsheets however, though seemingly durable at first glance are weak sons of bitches that will scratch if you so much as press into them with your fingernail.. seriously.. they are just not made of a hard enough material to make them that durable, and therefore, I knock the whole rating down to an 8 because of this fact, otherwise, they would get a 9.

        Other than that topsheet, they are an impresively solid ski. I dont have a single nick in the base, and the edges are holding true, and look to be extra extra burly.

        If youre like me, and honestly dont give a flying fuck about the topsheet, you can give this ski a 9 rating. If you're some kid who cares what the fuck his/her ski actually looks like.. fine, knock it down to an 8

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Laurent Thevenet Pro
    • Manufacturer:
    • Ninthward
    • Year:
    • 2006
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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