28 years old(man am I getting old!)
130-150 days a year
I ski alot of everything but mostly freeski trees
I can turn left and right in various shapes and sizes on most parts of the mountains
186cm Rossingnol Sickle
Spinrocker which mean VERY low rise rocker from tip to tail
mounted at 0 with marker Duke
skied for 4 days a in row in far from ideal conditions for this ski.
soft fresh man made
scraped of groomers
So I finally mounted my new skis and despite the lack of any fresh snow or any real terrain to ski on them I could not wait to get on them. SL skis were getting old and I really wanted to get back to my comfort zone. After spending the last 2 seasons on the Katana I was looking for skis that A. had better edge grip. B. was lighter. C. no metal while still retaining the katana ease of use while skiing trees
So far I have been happly surprised. The Sickle has the 3rd best edge grip of any 110mm skis I have been on. Only the Cochise the RP112 are better and its not by much. The Sickle is way better than Katana in this regard. The katana was downright scary at speed on scraped off eastern hardpack the Sickle is more than passable. On soft groomers big fast GS turns are alot of fun. Due to is wood core with no metal the Sickle is lighter than anything else this size except the Rp112(s).
On totally scraped off snow that is closer to an ice skating rink than anywhere this ski should really be it is not ideal. Only SL skis are really ideal IMO though it is at least predictable and will be enough to access the woods I will eventually be accessing.
On groomers the ski is damp and uber stable with no speed limit bombing GS/SG turns. If the snow is soft and your comfortable with tipping, SL sized nearly carved turns are with-in its realm. Steered turns are predicable and catchless due to its rockered design.
On soft snow that i hvae found thus far the skis is floatly and has a nice energy at the end of the turn. Its is alot more poppy than the totally dead katana. again not much of this yet but so far I have liked its surfiness on the new and deep manmade.
Bumps that are HARD. Better than the Katana. These kinda of suck, but are better than most other 110mmish skis. Compared to the Cochise they are a Joy.
the jury is still out I did ski it in powder at snowbird on a demo, but powder days at stowe are more specific stat and more of niche than powder days at Snowbird. I am hoping it as quick and as easy to ski as the katana. With that said alot of people go right for the S7 design and I think alot of people should be trying out this ski and its little brother the Scimitar before going for the S3/S7 skis. With that said if your an off piste junkie like myself both could be justified because of how much better I am sure the S7 is weird funky deep snow.