Pros: American made, Progressive design, Above average durability
Cons: Big ski, may frighten children, small animals, and the average skier
Length Tested: 191 CM
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 145/118/128 29.2m 144cm effective edge
Camber: Traditional, Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber
Mount point: Suggested
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test:Timberline Lodge
Number of Runs:5
Snow Conditions:HIGHLY variable. Skied out slush, groom, corn, mixed smooth refrozen corn/rough ice, crud
Demo or Own:Demo'd and paid for next years
Height/Weight:5' 9" / 220
Aggressiveness:Moderate(Finesse) / Aggressive(Driver)
Current Quiver:186 ON3P Jeronimo, 186 ON3P Jeffery, 195 Folsom Gambit
Home Area:Mt Hood
Preferred Terrain: groomers, terrain park, off-piste, trees
Scott has been trying to get me on the 191 BG all year. The stars have just not aligned, and I was unable to get on them until yesterday. I'm sure they ski pow great. As do most wide rockered ski's. I want to know how a ski performs in less than ideal conditions. Yesterday was perfect for that. Wet and manky down low, up high wind blown with pockets of ice. Typical spring day at Timberline.
As soon as I took off on the 191 I knew it was just screaming the word stable. I was following Rowen and Scott through the park hitting little jumps and the the BG's were just really poppy off of the lips I was hitting, and extra stable in the air. Ripped though to the lift carrying as much speed as I could the BG's just stayed stable, turned well, and were playful when I needed/wanted them to be. I find this is one of the hallmarks of the ON3P construction. And one of the things that keeps me coming back.
Scott and I went up the Magic Mile, and out the western boundary to really open it up. The conditions were extra shitty. Wind blown sastrugi that had iced up in spots. I'm a pretty mellow skier most of the time, but the 191 BG really upped my confidence in these conditions, patches I would normally slow up to avoid were nothing when the 191 asserted it's authority. Again. I never felt any instability. the BG just went where I wanted it to, and was poppy off of the smaller windlips that had formed.
I took a few more runs to try and get in as many different conditions as I could. the 191 Billygoat sacrifices very little of the lines traditional nimbleness, but is a monumental improvement in stability all around. It just does what you want it to do.