Ski: 166cm Rocker 2 108 mounted +3 (recommended) with Salomon Guardians
Me: 5' 4", 120lbs, confident but not super aggressive. Previous daily driver was the Salomon Shogun.
Testing conditions to date: 9 days total, 3 backcountry tours up to 30km, 2 big powder days in the resort, 3 days on soft-packed snow/small amounts of fresh, 1 day on icy groomers
At 108 underfoot with full hybrid rocker, this ski was made for softer snow but is proving impressively versatile in a range of conditions. In the soft and deep, it shines. It has a tremendously playful feel, which translates to a surfy ease in deeper powder. In fresh chop and crud, the tip rocker really smooths out the ride and I can blast over stuff that I'm pretty sure would have pitched me around on other skis.
I'm not a cliff hucker by any means, but it's an easy ski to pop off bumps - it feels comfortable in the air and solid on landings. You don't need a lot of depth for the fun to begin, either; as soon as it gets into even a couple of inches of softer snow, this ski comes alive. On PNW cement it just surfs through; in the fluff, it floats. Anything more than boot deep and it's hard to wipe the grin from your face.
The underfoot camber translates to surprisingly decent hard snow performance for a ski of this width. It took a few runs to figure out the sweet spot but once I had it dialed I had no problem getting them up on edge, and they carve a good, solid turn. One thing I did find is that if I didn't stay on top of them, the tails had a tendency to wash out on hardpack. When I got tired or sloppy I'd find myself sliding out through the second half of the turn rather than getting a clean carve. I also got hints of an upper speed limit on hard snow that might be constraining for a more aggressive skier.
The ski and binding combination I have is definitely on the weighty side for touring, but feels absolutely bombproof on the downhill. If the mount patterns allow, I plan on drilling them for a dual Dynafit/Guardian setup next season to provide a friendlier option for longer tours. The forward mount (+3) felt odd for the first couple of runs; it likes a more centred stance and isn't particularly forgiving of lapses into the backseat.
I had originally planned to make this my soft snow/powder/backcountry ski, but in fact it's proving versatile enough to be a one ski quiver for the conditions we've had so far this season. It would be my first pick on all but the really icy days. It has such a fun, playful feel to it; and for a skier at my level, it's proving to be a game changer in terms of handling soft, deep snow and trickier off-piste conditions.