I’ve been enthralled with Movement skis for the last year now, starting with the 08/09 Thunder. Now my quiver includes the Thunder, 08/09 Sluff and now the 09/10 Source. I’ve been skiing the Thunder for a year, the Sluff for a half year, and the Source for a short while (six full days lift access and one backcountry) and I’m rather jazzed about the Source in particular.
I’m a 51-year-old passionate skier and usually ski about 80 to 90 days per season. I weigh about 175 pounds and am a fairly fit and strong skier. I ski in the Canadian Rockies, mostly Sunshine, Lake Louise, Fernie, Panorama, and Castlle. My current skis include the Movements, 183 Rossi Worldcup GS, 165 Atomic SL 12 Race, and Atomic SL 11. I’ve had various Volkl, Atomic and Rossi skis including the Heli Daddy, Mantra and assorted Rossi B models. Boots include BD Factor and Salomon X3 RC CS. Bindings are Marker Baron. People usually comment on their skiing ability in these reviews, and all I can really say is that my ability is eternally evolving - it's better than it was but not as good as I want - at least not yetJ
I read in another review of the Source (177 cm) that ski had a speed limit and always has to be skied in shorter radius turns. Thus far, I have not hit a speed limit for the 185 Source despite trying. While it is a ski that likes to turn and is most stable when on edge (not a surprise), it does so with speed and confidence. I feel that this ski has many of the qualities of the Mantra in terms of stability and crud busting, but not the flaws of the Mantra. It floats better than the Mantra in deep snow and is much more responsive and alive IMHO. Although, the Source 185 has a 19 metre radius, the ski is adaptable in turning. Apply more pressure to the front of the ski while on edge, and it behaves with relatively tight carved arcs. Apply pressure with the heel/full foot, and the arcs grow wider. It carves solidly on most groomed, but would not be my first pick for very hard pack snow.
In windblown or crud, the ski has been amazing. It blasts or cuts through crud at high speeds with little deflection, and holds a nice line while on edge. My speed on sort of drifted crud has been fast because the ski cuts so nicely.
On manmade hardpack – (no snow for a couple of weeks) days, I’ll probably leave the Source at home and stick with a true GS or SL ski. I can make the ski carve harder snow, but there are other skis that are much more fun than the Source on hard snow.
The only bumps that I’ve skied so far are fairly soft, and have ranged from small to big and tight. The progressive flex, along with it’s responsiveness helps this ski to do quite well in bumps or in tight trees. With a little angulation it carves in bumps, but skied flatter, it slides; for example, when aggressively attacking. It releases from a carve easily. It skis shorter than a 185 when needed (e.g., in the trees).
On a really deep powder day, I will probably choose a different ski, like my Movement Sluff. Having said that, the Source has had no difficulties with boot-top to knee deep powder. It floats well with it’s big shovel and what appears to be a touch of an early rise. Depending on the edge angle, the Source will either cut nice acrs in powder or surf. The only difficulty was on a break-through crust, where I felt the large sidecut was a disadvantage.
Touring was reasopnably good. Dispite the shape, it tracks well, and the bigish shovel makes breaking trail a breeze.
Overall, I find the Source to be a really fun, responsive and very playful ski that likes to be skied fast. On weeks where the conditions are soft or some new snow (10 to 20 cm of powder (4 to 8 inches)), the Source will be "the ski"; that is, it will be my everyday ski. On really deep powder days, heli-ski days or man-made snow days, I will leave it at home. It’s a ski that is happier when moving fast and gives back when pushed.