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2012 Ramp Frenzy

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Thread Starter 

Title: 

2012 Ramp Frenzy

 

Product:

Length Tested:179

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  126-80-10  16.58m

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Traditional

Binding: Marker Griffon

Mount point: Boot center as suggested

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Perfect North Slopes Lawrenceburg, IN

Number of Runs:a bunch

Snow Conditions: variable including hard pack, ice, slush, fresh man-made, and everything in between

Demo or Own: Own

 

Tester Info:

Username:cstreu1026

Age: 33

Height/Weight: 5' 10" 240 lbs.

Ski Days/Season: 35-40

Years Skiing: 21

Aggressiveness:Aggressive(Driver)

Current Quiver: 2012 DPS Wailer 112 190cm, 2011 Icelantic Pilgrim 179 cm, 2010 Dynastar Sultan 85 178cm

Home Area: Perfect North Slopes

Preferred Terrain (select one, delete the rest): off-piste

 

Review: 

For years I skied race skis and skis not far removed from race skis.  In recent years I've switch to softer wider boards and haven't been disappointed but I wanted to pick up a hard snow oriented ski with a tighter turn radius.  I have also come to enjoy skiing on more obscure brands because its always a good conversation starter on the lift.  Given the relatively low price point and aggressive dimensions of the Frenzy I figured they were worth a shot.  These skis were purchased direct from Ramp Sports and their customer service really is wonderful.  They shipped in a rather nice ski bag that included a few extra goodies inside.  I was excited get them on the work bench and mounted up.  The initial quality was top notch with one minor exception.  The ski was marked with a turn radius of 22m which I was worried about since the literature from Ramp said they were suppose to have turn radius under 17m.  I emailed the company and with 12 hours had a reply stating that they were marked incorrectly and they the turn radius was indeed 16.5m.  The bases were nicely finished and flat which is more than I can say for a lot of companies big and small.  I was still impressed once I got the skis on the snow for the first time.  I did have to adjust my stance a little and be a little more aggressive to keep up with the tight turn radius but after a run or two I was completely at home on them.  The ski is lively and turns come fast and easy.  The edge grip is not quite race ski like but much better than my Pilgrims and similar to the Volkl Supersport 6 Stars I used to own.  It is a fairly stiff ski and I  suspect they would benefit from a layer of metal to dampen the ride a little but beyond that there really isn't much room for improvement.  Hopefully one day I will get to see how they ski in the bumps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

Pros: Affordable, Great fit and finish.  Top notch customer service.  Performs like a much more expensive ski.

 

 

 

Cons: The bases don't seem to hold wax as well some higher priced skis.

 

post #2 of 16

interesting review, because all i could find on these prior to this review is from TGR and they HATE them.

 

thank you

 

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

I don't get on TGR but from what I could find there are only 1 or 2 people who have said anything negative about them other than their marketing plan.  I will say that other than the Frenzy, I don't really care too much for their graphics.

post #4 of 16

I tried a pair last year...liked 'em quite a bit.
Review HERE.

 

 

post #5 of 16

I bought a pair of Groundhogs this past March. Light, extremely versatile, a little tip chatter at high speed, but great fun to ski. The sidewalls and topskin were seriously marred and compromised after 2 days of spring skiing. I saw the same problem when I went to my local shop that sells them- and they told me they had returned most to Ramp. I had trouble getting them to stand behind them= they insisted I must have been crossing my tips!  They did a poor superficial repair- i had to pay 50 dollars to send them back- but refused to take them back and denied that this had happened to other of their skis. Buyer beward.

post #6 of 16

Here you go.
http://www.rampsports.com/

I'm not sure what's not to like. 
RAMP works with Crown Plastic that makes a superior 7500 Sintered Base here in the U.S.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

Here you go.
http://www.rampsports.com/

I'm not sure what's not to like. 
RAMP works with Crown Plastic that makes a superior 7500 Sintered Base here in the U.S.

using crown plastic for base material is not uncommon, and certainly not unique.

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

Here you go.
http://www.rampsports.com/

I'm not sure what's not to like. 
RAMP works with Crown Plastic that makes a superior 7500 Sintered Base here in the U.S.

using crown plastic for base material is not uncommon, and certainly not unique.

Did I say that?  No.  It's just that so many "Big Names" are not using sintered bases at all unless it is a "race"  ski.   Many smaller US makers do use DuraSurf sintered. 

post #9 of 16

My wife just got a pair of Frenzy skis and is waiting to mount bindings and ski them - will let you know what the verdict is.  Also, my daughter has been skiing on a pair of Chickadees in all conditions and loves them!  I thought the bamboo sidewalls wouldn't hold up, but so far they're doing great.  I agree with the other person, for some reason it appears the wax doesn't hold as long in the bases as I would expect.  Just a casual observation though...nothing scientific.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by WasatchReport View Post
 

My wife just got a pair of Frenzy skis and is waiting to mount bindings and ski them - will let you know what the verdict is.  Also, my daughter has been skiing on a pair of Chickadees in all conditions and loves them!  I thought the bamboo sidewalls wouldn't hold up, but so far they're doing great.  I agree with the other person, for some reason it appears the wax doesn't hold as long in the bases as I would expect.  Just a casual observation though...nothing scientific.


I had a pair in my shop with the "no sidewall" deal.  I sanded the wall smooth after blending the topsheet.  Then I rubbed in wax and buffed the wall with fiber.  I was happy with the result. 

post #11 of 16

Jacques, thanks for the sidewall tip!

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by WasatchReport View Post
 

Jacques, thanks for the sidewall tip!


You are welcome.  The ones I worked on were not super smooth on the "sidewall".

post #13 of 16

We should be getting a pair of the new RAMP Frenzy skis very soon as part of our frontside ski test series this season and will keep people posted.  We're curious to see how the new bamboo and vacuum construction techniques work out for their frontside carver.

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by ExoticSkis View Post
 

We should be getting a pair of the new RAMP Frenzy skis very soon as part of our frontside ski test series this season and will keep people posted.  We're curious to see how the new bamboo and vacuum construction techniques work out for their frontside carver.


I know some gals that demo for Ramp.  I have not skied them myself yet.  I bet if I ask, they will bring me some to try too.  If and when, I too can report back here.

post #15 of 16

I did not get a pair of Frenzy's to try yet, but here is my test of the Woodpecker.  I will get to test some Frenzy's later.

post #16 of 16

Our test pairs of the newest 2014 Ramp Frenzy and Woodpeckers have arrived...got some quick runs this morning on the new Frenzy with some other skis. Conditions were 2 inches of granular sugar over yellow Eastern boilerplate. A full review will come later, but the quick impressions are:

 

  1. Immediately felt at home in high-G carving situations pulling across the fall line. Solid, quick (surprisingly quick for a receational frontside race-carver), superb edge power under pressure.
  2. Easy to handle, very few calories required per turn. Zero learning curve.
  3. Tune was spot-on right out of the bag (Web customers receive skis in a really nice padded, embroidered RAMP ski bag..no cardboard box...nice touch).
  4. Excellent traditional frontside hardsnow carving behavior, with more energy and liveliness than, let's say a Head SuperShape iTitan (my current large-company reference for frontside r ace carvers), but lacking he "heavy-planted" feel of some race skis (think traditional Austrian race skis - the "heavy metal" feel and solid mass attaching your feet to the snow surface).  Very lively and fun.
  5. Superb edge security...slow to high speed (full spectrum), even on the classic Eastern boilerplate.
  6. Light feel, yet stable
  7. Cuts through the bumped-up piles of sugar straight and true...never deflected at low or high edge angles through the piles)
  8. Nice fit and finish  - fun graphics (pics to come)
  9. While adjusting the bindings, a kid about 8 years old and her instructor came over and she said "I LOVE your skis!"

 

This is our first outing on the new American-made RAMP Frenzies since getting on the original outsourced version several seasons ago.  More details to come.  If anyone has any questions, just send a note and I will try to answer what I can.


Edited by ExoticSkis - 1/18/14 at 12:45pm
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