2012 Ramp Frenzy
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
Height/Weight: 5' 10" 240 lbs.
Ski Days/Season: 35-40
Years Skiing: 21
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
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.
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.