Cons: Factory tune, chipping sidewall
The funny thing about reviews is that it is the reviewers perspective that is printed. Over the years I have had the opportunity to ski on many different types of skis, some of them I loved right away, others took some getting used to & a few I just didn't like at all. A couple of the ones I "didn't like at all" were raved about in most reviews I had read. With that said my disclaimer is that YMMV.
Up front, I will say that I won these skis in an Epicski contest:
I knew nothing about these skis when I got them & really wasn't sure what use I would have for 101mm waisted Twin Tip. I did know that the 178cm length was what I thought would be right for me.
My first impression was "Wow these things are gorgeous, I just want to hang them on the wall!"
I didn't get them mounted until the first week of March & posted my initial impressions in this thread:
After a few tweaks to the tune I ended up grinding the bases flat & hand filing with a file guide to a 1 degree base edge bevel. The tune was essential to taking this ski from "scary" on my first run, to "overwhelming joy" now.
A little about me:
5' 10", 160lbs., began skiing when I was 3 & average well over 100 days per season for the past 35 years. I enjoy all conditions. Presently I ski on Volkl Racetiger 160cm SL's, 188 Rossi Super 7's & the Chariots. Previously I had been on 178cm Scott Missions for about 5 yrs., 188cm Rossi S7's & a pair of 170cm Rossi 80ti's. The Chariots have replaced the Missions as my go to ski.
I have been skiing almost exclusively on these skis nearly everyday for the past month. Mostly Spring conditions, frozen in the morning to corn & slush in the PM. I even got a few runs of SL on them last week & they actually worked okay. I also got a couple of powder runs on them a few weeks ago & they did great. Would I hang up my Super 7's for them in powder... NO, but I don't think I would go back to get the 7's if it started dumping in the middle of the day. I do think that they are better for me in the chop than the 7's which makes me think I may trade the 7's in once the deep stuff gets cut up. The only place these skis don't outshine the Missions is in the moguls, but they work pretty darn well for a torsionally stiff 101mm waisted ski. The Chariot's totally shine for gripping & ripping on the frozen corduroy...
& slicing through the heavy slush.
I am thoroughly excited about these skis & have yet to find a situation that they can't handle.
I think the combination of traditional camber, torsional rigidity & deep sidecut are what make these skis work for me.
Thanks to SkiLogik for choosing me to pilot these Chariots. I will look forward to getting them out on more stuff next season & would recommend them to anyone who likes to mix it up in a lot of conditions day in & day out.
Someone in another review said they thought the skis were heavy, I wonder what bindings they have on them, because I find them to be very light & easy to carry compared to my other skis?
BTW, a forum member PM'd me with this a few weeks ago:
I answered: Yes, I really like the skis that much! I just put my practically new Scott Mission's up for sale. I have had 3 pairs of these & the Chariots will replace them. Even though they are wider by 12mm, they out hold & out carve the Missions by a long shot, they float better & have about the same turn radius. The only place I am concerned is for bumps because of the extra width & torsional stiffness. Will they be my full time powder ski? I doubt it, I will stick with my S7's for that but I think I will switch back to the Chariots much sooner than I would with the Missions.
I was actually a little apprehensive when I won them because I felt that I had no use for a TT ski. I was kinda hoping I would be getting the model with the early rise tip. Now I am totally stoked with the ski because of its traditional camber & carve/holding ability.