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I've very pleased with these skis. My intended use is for early season resorts and late-season backcountry for which these seem to be a perfect fit. They could be stiffer for more specialized conditions, but I imagine that would take away from the positive aspects of the ski. For comparison, 188cm Tahoe + Dukes is lighter than 179cm Bluehouse MR + Naxos.
+ light weight
+ fairly versatile
+ great spring BC ski
- could be stiffer
I only got these out in two powder days; both about 6" deep (not blower but not wet and heavy either for snow in early May). Up until this point, I had only been in powder recently with the CK and the Lotus (both of which have considerable rocker characteristics), so I was less inclined of taking something more traditionally shaped with a 96mm waist and 3cm of camber into some shallow pow. I was expecting to fly over the handle bars and luckily that never happened, but those lucky situations lead me to think a -1cm mount would be better if you plan on taking this out in any kind of powder. I suspect however, that most people have other dedicated skis for that. Float was sufficient and once I became comfortable knowing the over-the-handlebar instances would not occur, I brought more speed in powder with them with the ski handling it pretty well.
On firm snow and groomers, the Tahoes performed very well. They felt considerably stable while straightlining through slightly choppy soft snow conditions. However, in the more choppy, heavy snow with high speed, they were a bit too soft in the tip and tail with a decent amount of deflection. When compared to the LP, the Tahoe is a lighter, livelier, and softer but equally stable as long as you don't find yourself skiing through slush boulders. No problems through bumps although not the greatest I've been on (the Lotus owns that category for skis I've been on) as I prefer something with far less sidecut. I have yet to be in tight spots with these skis, so I can't comment on that but speculate they would perform very well given the short effective edge. Haven't gone big or anything, but on 15-foot airs, the Tahoe felt fairly stable on landings.
I purchased my pair cheap because they were blems, but feel that even at this year's price of $499, there are worth it. This is my 3rd pair of Moments and feel their construction is top notch which I'll gladly pay a little extra for.
The 188cm length actually translates to a 152cm effective edge which is similar to that of a 190cm 4frnt EHP, 193cm Atomic Thug, 192cm Armada JP v J, 188cm Dynastar Big Trouble, and 185cm Rossignol Scratch BC.
I mounted the Tahoes on the suggested line which is -7cm of chord center. Skis felt great here but would mount -1cm back if you plan on using for a 1-ski quiver and have no other powder-specific skis. Otherwise, go with the suggested.
Some feel it's similar to K2 Seth Pistol while others find the Tahoes to flex like a 179 PM Gear Bro (stiff). When comparing to skis I've been on, it's stiffer than a 193 Nordica Blower but softer than a 194 Dynastar Legend Pro.
No problems to report in the 6 days I've been on these although I haven't put it though the normal abuse as I have with other skis I've owned. I have hit some rocks during typical spring skiing with only minor fingernail scrapes on the bases.
Summary: They ski very similarly to the 179 BROs, but more user
friendly and a little bit more turny. Very fun, tons of pop, rails
turns. Easily the most versatile ski Ive ever been on. Two thumbs up.
Ice- My first day out of these consisted of ICE and some softer
ice-cubish snow on the lower mountain..To my suprise they absolutely
ripped the ice and held an edge like a GS ski. They will make whatever
shape turn you want. Logn radius, short radius,etc... Super fast..They
thrive on speed.
Groomed- See above^ They rip...Any energy you put into the ski will be
given back..tons of pop and rebound..Fun to mess around on, or haul
ass. You pick.
Bumps- Pretty sweet in the bumps..Nice and nimble. Not too stiff, but
certainly not a bump ski. They will not hold you back from skiing bumps
all day, but it is definitely not where they shine.
Bumps 2nd impression- Damn!They rule the bumps. So quick. Sooo quick.
Its unfair to have a 96mm waist and perform like they do in the bumps.
Crud-These skis eat up the crud. They just plow right through with
easy..The dampness contributes to its crud performance. You can haul
ass, or finesse your way down, but either way they are fun. They are
definitely at home in the crud.
Cut up east coast pow- Really really fun..Poppy and lively. Will plow
through. They are also super stable and make the cut up snow feel like
a groomer. I will expand on this when I have more time.
Trees- Awesome. So quick, so nimble. Slay the trees. Best tree ski I've been on.
Looks-subjective, but teh graphics really pop.
Great value for the money. Cheaper than the competition and superior quality.
Could have gone up to the 188cm if I wasnt skiing east cast. Otherwise great.
When I first carried the box into my house I thought it was empty.
Awesome graphics..They really pop. Flex is fairly stiff..Pretty much
the same flex as my 179 Stiff BROs. Nice flex for an everday ski.
Stiffer than my Rubies.
Flex is comparable to Legend Pros. Stiffer than Seths and Prophet 100s.
Bomber skis, very well made. Hit some rocks which barely even made a
mark on the base. Topsheet does chip a little bit, but not bad at all.
Could be taken care of by filing down the topsheet. As far as I can
tell these skis will last me a while.