The guys at Liberty have announced a new addition to their lineup next year: The Variant.
The new catalog lists the Variant available in 179cm, 186cm and 193cm lengths, each with 145-113-132 dimensions. 23.5m, 26m and 30m radii at each length. Described as having a "stiff tail and titanal metal layer", it also has a skin-friendly tip and tail notch. Their "stealth rocker" design with an extra layer of bamboo is touted as a ski with "Guts and edge grip to carve anywhere, and the width to float in powder". Their description of the "Perimetal" titanal layer seems like they carved a section out of the middle of the metal layer, leaving a ring of metal around the edges, tip and tail to give it edge hold and dampening behavior. Hopefully someone will get on a pair before the season is out, and let everyone know how it goes. We will try to beg, borrow or steal a pair and get a review ASAP if possible.
Quote from the press release:
Quote:The Variant: Available Now
Liberty Skis offers new backcountry ripper with mid-season launch
Liberty is proud to introduce the Variant. Available February 1, 2012, the Variant takes Liberty’s proven bamboo core technology and applies it to our first non-twin offering. Designed specifically for the backcountry enthusiast, this ski combines
light weight with performance in a true freeride platform.
“We spent several years designing this ski,” says Liberty President and CEO Dan Chalfant. “We have a history of making award-winning products that are seen as best in class and it was very important to us that this ski would continue that tradition of excellence.”
“It is always exciting to have a new product to show off,” adds Tom Winter, Liberty’s Director of Media Relations. “Mid-season launches are always special, and the Variant is a very exciting ski. We’re stoked to get people out on it this winter.”
With a 145-113-132 platform @ 186cm, the Variant features a full width bamboo layer for improved response and torsional
rigidity. An innovative Perimetal metal layer enhances the ski’s strength and performance: the technology features a full perimeter titanal layer die cut in the center to gain the vibration absorbing and edge pressure benefits of titanal metal without the additional weight. The package is enhanced by Liberty’s Stealth rocker in the ski tip.
Finally, the Variant is climbing skin compatible, with a ski skin clip notch in tail. The flex pattern features an extra stiff mid-tail for acceleration out of turns and a solid platform for high speeds and big landings. The Variant a true freeriding ski for off-piste, sidecountry and backcountry skiing. The ski’s MSRP is projected to be $849.
“We feel that this ski will become an instant classic,” says Chalfant. “It’s a directional charger that will be at home on the toughest mountains in the world.”
For nearly a decade Liberty Skis has created a line of high-performance twin-tips that have garnered accolades from consumers, the media and retailers. In 2011-12 alone, Liberty received 9 “editors’ picks,” “best of test” and other honors. For more information on the Variant and the rest of Liberty’s award winning line, please contact Tom Winter at 303-525-7767