I just realized that I had not put my original Caylor review over here. I now have a long term impression of the ski after about 30 days on it in pretty much every condition. One thing to note is that my review is based off of the 10/11 model, the 11/12 has some small differences.
REVIEW: 10/11 ON3P Caylor, 191
Tip to Tail Length: 191cm
Running Length: 97cm
Sidecut Length: 162cm
Turn Radius: 27.4m
Tip Rocker: 35cm x 3cm
Tail Rocker: 30cm x 2.5cm
Tip & Tail Length: 14.5cm
This marks my second year of being a reformed homosexual(snowboarder). So I have still been trying to find my identity as a skier. The BG was fun as shit in blower but was maybe a little more of a finesse ski. I'm not quite a finesse guy.
Scott has trying to get me on Caylor's for a long time now. Honestly the whole 191 number scared me. What can I say. I'm a big pussy. Anyway long story short I finally got on the Caylor.
I skied the Caylors at Meadows yesterday on probably every surface type imaginable.
Wind effected pow
Skied out pow
Boiler plate ice
Wanting to get a feel for them before i dug into the deep stuff, I decided to slay the fresh groom from the top of Shooting Star down to Mt Hood Express. Scott had always told me that once you get them up on edge they hook up real well on the groom. No lie. Not especially quick edge to edge, but duh. They are 120 under foot. Groom was actually pretty fun. The Caylor's were stable turning or just straightline mach'ing.
Pow was skiing boot top to knee deep in a lot of places. And there was a SOLID layer of ice below that. Caylor's floated great were easy to initiate, and stable as fuck. When the busier spots started to get skied out they never wavered. Like many rockered ski's they want to float over the crud, but they still have a solid flex to bash through without the ski wavering.
At this point I am in love.
Cascade Express opened much of the upper mountain later in the day. Snow was a mixture of wind buff and soft pow. The ridges were coated in a thick layer of solid ice from our shitty rain conditions the weekend before. Obviously the Caylor's were sketchy on the ice. Most ski's would be. I skidded my turns up to the cornice, and dropped into the soft wind buff. At this point, no surprise, killed it! I don't get all flippy spinny but I like to jump some shit given the chance. Caylor's have a more centered mount and are stable as shit in the air.
I never felt unstable on the Caylor, and they definitely let me ski shit radder than I am accustomed to. Everyone I have talked to had described them as "intuative". Turn well, stable going straight, and nimble enough in the tree's. VERY happy with the Caylor. It doesn't hurt that I have the Grizzlycorn.
Long term I have to say that I am ridiculously in love with this ski. The length, and width I find are near perfect. The "intuative" comment holds up. I launched in to deep cascade concrete with no hesitation on opening day, and the Caylor delivered that familiar feel that made me fall in love with it all over again. It's a solid platform for every type of skier on soft days. I feel that the Caylor really helped me evolve as a skier trying to fine tune my powder skills.
The 11/12 model uses an elliptical rocker profile in the tips an tails so that the ski planes more than pushes the snow.