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2012 Ski Logik Ullr's Chariot Ski


Pros: Best all mountain ski

Cons: The Laminate is some what brittle

Grip, Powder, Hard Pack, Stability, Crud, anything you wana ski they rock.


Pros: Awesome allround ski

Cons: Grip on ice

I bought them because the salesman in the ski store said they were equivalent to the Dynastars Sultan Legends 85 I had been riding on before this winter but wider, 101 mm instead of 85 mm. But they were supposed to handle much better.


The first thing that struck me was the graphics which apparently are hand carved especially for every pair of skis. Don't know if that is true but they certainly look great! I have used them tree days and I have never ridden on a better pair of skis. During these three days I had one day piste and two and two days off piste.



My first impression on the skis was how excellently they carved compared to the Dynastars. Fresh edges and a well groomed piste certainly did some of the job but is was easier to get them on the edges and to make them carv. After that they just became more beautiful for every turn. In the piste it is amazing how easily they turn (16 m radius) and how they handle the bumps that build up at the end of the day, they just plow trough them. Much like Salomon Sentinel does but they are much quicker into the turns. They handle icy parts of the slope ok and does not surprise the skier even if the grip on ice is not very good. In the off piste they continue to surprise in a positive sense and I was amazed how little effort that was needed to turn them around small trees and bushes. I did not get to test them in deeper, soft powder more then a few turns but they keep them selves nicely on the surface and answers directly when they are told to turn.


To conclude: Beautiful and amazing skis.



Pros: Great all-around fatter ski. Amazing edge hold.

Cons: Really deep powder

I saw two Ullr’s Chariot (UC) reviews before trying the skis.  One was from here and the other was from www.Realskiers.com.  Realskiers made the UC their “Ski of the Year,” while Exotic Skis was unhappy with the early released ski’s flex.  There are significant differences between the reviews, and mine might add more confusion.

Overall, I really like the ski and own a pair. However, it is not the “one ski quiver” Realskiers made it out to be (I still don’t believe such a ski can be made).  I also did not find it having any unusual flex issues that the Exotic Skis review claimed.  Instead, I found this to be an extremely versatile and beautiful ski, that performs amazingly well for a fat ski on hard pack.

Visual Impression:  These are probably the most beautiful skis made, and they certain turn heads and spark conversations wherever they are taken.  Ski Logik charges a mere $100 to commission custom artwork, insanely inexpensive for an artist (Mariella) to create a design from scratch.

Quality:  Many people consider Stockli to make the best skis in the world, and I find their finishing to be top notch (for one thing, their bases are flat).  Ski Logik easily matches Stockli quality.  Despite the UC being a relatively fat ski, the bases are flat.  This is likely from the time they stay in the mold while the resin sets.  The camber is consistent between each ski.  The marquetry fits together beautifully.  The edges fit together so perfectly that it is almost imperceptible there they meet.  I love the bases.  They are structured, very hard and fast.  They are also thirsty, and need several coats of wax before skiing.  Once they are waxed a few times they held the wax well.  The tops are as durable (so far) as other skis.

Skiing Impressions:  I skied the UC for 7 days prior to writing this review.  One day was skied in hard pack.  This was followed by 5 days of non-stop powder, chop and soft snow, followed by a day of mixed hard and soft conditions.  The bindings are mounted “neutral,” exactly where the manufacturer suggests.  The binding position seems perfect.

Powder:  These skis are a joy in up to a foot in powder, after which a rockered ski will make a noticeable difference.  I simply skied the UC in a neutral stance and let the skis do all the work.  Even in two feet of snow, these performed well although a little speed in the deep certainly helped.  Despite the 15m radius, the UC was not overly “turny” and had no problems going straight when you wanted them to.

Chop:  Here is where I was really impressed.  These skis had no problems towards the end of the powder days when the conditions included newly formed bumps, choppy snow and powder. They just skied over and through all of it with ease.

Drifting:  These skis “drift” easily and predictably when you want them to…so long as the snow is soft.  In fact, I purposely tried to scrub speed on one bump run by “drifting” just to see what would happen (I typically ski over the bumps to control speed and save my knees), and the UC was amazingly predictable.  In a steep gully, I drifted sideways with ease until I felt it safe to start turning.  I found the exact opposite the first day I skied these on frozen man-made snow.  The skis drifted OK, but it took work to do so (they were not drifting as smoothly).  The hard snow feeling is similar to some other skis I’ve tried with the same or fatter waist size.  The hard snow feeling improved at the end of the week when I slightly dulled the tips with a stone.

Bumps:  I was really surprised at how well these skied in the bumps.  I’m a fan of the SVMM and typically ski over the tops of the bumps.  The UC’s flex allowed me to do this slowly or at speed.

Carving:  Here is where I disagree with the “one ski quiver” Realskier’s review, and the Exotic Ski’s review.  On soft snow, these are easy to carve.  The arc is predictable and round.  Just put the UC on edge, pressure it correctly (I’m a “big toe. little toe” kind of guy), and the ski will get you where you want to go.  Short and medium radii turns are no problem.  It is more difficult to carve long radius turns, but that is to be expected because of the ski's 15mm radius.  I have absolutely no problem with the flex.  There is a bit of camber in this ski, so you may have to pressure it a little more than some other skis to start the turn.  But that is no big deal. 

On hard snow, the ski was not so friendly.  I found it difficult to easily steer (part carve, part drift) the ski at the beginning of a turn.  This experience is completely different than the soft snow experience until... I dulled the tips with a stone.  Then the hard snow experience greatly improved as the tips became less "grippy."

Bottoms and Edges:  Somehow, in the middle of a powder day, I hit a big rock.  The edges were barely damaged (an Arkansas stone made them sooth in less than 30 seconds) and the bottoms show no damage.  The base material must be super hard!

Speed:  These skis perform well at slow and fast speeds, adding to thier versitility. The UC is  certainly not a ski I'd take into gates (like a Realskier reviewer commented), but it can carve fast turns with no problems.

Conclusion:  These are absolutely beautiful and well made skis that can indeed “do it all” in any condition.  Like all 100mm+ waisted skis, their forte is not ice although they will certainly get you down the mountain OK on hard snow (actually, amazing for a fat ski).  Are these a “one ski quiver?”  They certainly can be for some people.  


Note:  On a hunch, I slightly dulled the tips with a stone and the hard snow drifting and carving improved quite a bit.  I never thought about doing this when I originally wrote the review. The ski is very sensitive to the tune, particularly on the tips. 


Update 3/16/12:  I've had these for over a year now, and like them even more than before now that I have the tune dialed in.  The top sheets are holding up well, and the bottoms still surprise me (they resist gouges due to the hardness).  The bottoms are also very fast so long as they are waxed. I am used to the tops now, but the "wow" factor is still there on the chair lift when people see the skis for the first time.  Others have reviewed the skis and noted the same grabbiness I experienced on hard pack.  Dulling the tips a tad takes care of that issue.   Some day I'll put them in the office or den and use them as a work of art. Right now my UCs are lots of fun to ski.

2012 Ski Logik Ullr's Chariot Ski

From Company Website: Ullr's Chariot 2011 Realskiers Overall Ski of the Year Ullr's Chariot is the ideal ride for versatility to attack the back side and the front side. Made with our quadraxial carbon fiber / fiberglass construction, Ullr's Chariot holds its edge on challenging snow when other 100+mm skis are skidding out. On the sofpack and pow, Ullr's Chariot is a dream of floating and linking turns effortlessly. Technical Details Length: Tip: Waist: Tail: Radius: Weight: 168 cm: 140 mm 101 mm 126 mm 15 m 3900 g 178 cm: 145 mm 101 mm 131 mm 15 m 4250 g

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