Salomon BBR 186cmSkier:170lbs5'11"advanced, energetic geezerI live in Utah, so I ski powder better than I driveSkis I have:177 Mantra183 Gotama (pre rocker)179 PM Gear Soft Bro186 Skilogik Howetzer178 Dynstar Sultan 85Preface- I went over to Alta for the DPS demo an the wrong day- Saturday, a day early- lucky cause it rained on Sunday even at the top of the Tram at Bird- and it's raining now at PC. Saturday was a terrific ski day short of powder with perfect, crunchy groomers and wind buff off piste with about five inches of new snow. Tricky to ski but fun. not much in the way of bumps.The Salomon truck was in the Alta parking lot on 1/14 with this new design- it's a vertical sidewall, wood core sandwich construction including bamboo- the Sollie rep was cagey about specifics- no metal. Traditional camber, about 300mm of early rise from tip to contact point, 147-88-102.I haven't skied Sollies in years, but enjoyed the X Screams and PRs as soft snow skis as long as I had a pair of Volkls for the front side.The designer of these bizarre rocket ships is Bertrand Kraft, same guy who built those.The Sollie crew was down from Ogden and were all very stoked- here's their facebook page.My initial impression was that this was a real ski- one that likes to be driven with energy and not just rolled over. It makes short turns at the speed of thought- the huge tip engages instantly and carves any shape turn at will. The tail is snappy and accelerates out of the turn like a race ski. An absolute joy to fire off and pop slalom turns without ever feeling too springy- just about the perfect blend of damp stability and liveliness.Drawing it into long turns, it steadies out and becomes super stable. You can just stand over the inside edge and ride it like it's on a track and it goes through anything. The ski is fairly stiff through the middle and toward the front end with a slightly softer shovel (that never deflects) and a stiff tail. Pressuring the front brings instant response and control. There was no speed limit that I could find. The more I gave it, the smoother and more solid it became. I had to dial back before the ski did. It's a missile with a huge fun factor.We didn't have a whole lot in the way of powder, by Alta standards, but I hiked to get in a few turns. I'll need a big day to get a full pow impression. We had 5 or six inches on top of windslab and mixed avi debris. From the few turns I got, the tail sank when I skied it centered- but when I got forward on the big shovels it planed up and carved. They were also very happy carving short turns through what bumps we had - or just GSing any uneven snow.The powder performance is still to be determined, but I liked them so much I bought a pair to replace the Mantras as my primary frontside ski.Some of you were curious about The Ski Logik Howitzers- I haven't written anything because I was disappointed in this ski. While they are a brilliant powder ski, very light and quick with a round, even flex, much like my older Soft Bros but with an updated shape and early rise rocker, they have none of the Bro's firm snow performance. Not that that's paramount in a powder ski, but firm snow happens even on pow days, and not just in the runouts. The Uller's Chariot, judging by the female version the Goddess, which my telechick friend has, is a much different, burlier ski that she skis in just about anything and loves.Pics:Radical, but not crazy. Next to 183 pre rocker Goats. Made in Austria by third generation Chinese technicians. This is pair # 47 out of an American edition of 250. It will be in wide release next year, so they say.
Crab with Seth Warner...
competent Techs at PCMR 1/16
Prototypes at Alta with no topsheet showing bamboo core 1/15
Next to Skilogik Goddess