12/13 ON3P Jeffery
Length Tested: 186cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 136/110/128, 25m radius
Camber: Tip & Tail w/camber
Binding: Salomon STH 14 Driver
Mount point: Suggested (boot center)
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Mt. Hood
Number of Runs: 3 months
Snow Conditions: All of them
Demo or Own: Own
Height/Weight: 5 foot 9in /220
Aggressiveness:Conservative / Moderate(Finesse) / Aggressive(Driver). Kind of a mix.
Current Quiver:186 ON3P Jeronimo, 186 ON3P Vicik, 186 ON3P Jeffery, 192 Atomic Bent Chetler
Home Area: Mt. Hood
Preferred Terrain: off-piste, trees
I had been eyeing the Jeffery this winter as a narrower alternative to the ON3P Caylor. Something that I could grab as more of a do anything wide ski. When I brought this up to Scott at ON3P he told me that if I wanted he would press me the 12/13 model that they were going to be sending out to their team for testing. The changes over the 11/12 model included a bump up to 110 under foot, elliptical sidecut, and tapered tip and tail. Bonus in that he put Pillowfight base and topsheet on mine.
I have realized that where I ski does not lend itself to chargers. So as it is I prefer a turnier/funner ski to make the most of the terrain.
With the season we have had it's pretty safe to say I have skied the Jeffery in harder(By PNW standards) snow. This is obviously not the preferred environment for a 110 waisted ski. But It's hard to let new ski's just sit on the wall.
The first thing I noticed was the elliptical sidecut. When making subtle turns the Jeffery goes long and wide, put some pressure on and the ski's will rip hard against the fall line. It took some getting used to, but the versatility of the sidecut really becomes an asset and keeps the ski's stable in just about any turn shape. I will never say that a fat ski rails like a GS ski. I will say that a ski rails pretty good....for a fat ski. These do.
Although the Jeffery has tip and tail splay there is no "flap". The guys at ON3P are sticklers about this, and the notion of a floppy ski honestly disgusts them.
The second time I skied the Jeffery was a 3 inch "pow" day. The kind of day I got these for actually. There was deeper snow on the lee aspects and in the tree's. The majority was wind buffed cascade concrete. Just the kind of conditions I wanted to see when testing the Jeffery.
The Jeffery handled these conditions exactly as I wanted. Stable at high speed, nimble when I wanted to have a little fun. Just the kind of ride I am looking for. As the day wore on and the mountain became skied out the Jeffery exhibited just the right amount of float and crud busting ability that I like to see. Not bouncing around on the top, and not struggling to mash through the compacted lower layers. ON3P uses a less agressive splay that helps in these kind of conditions. It helps that the guys that design and build ON3P ski's also ski this kind of terrain.
I'm not a bumper, we don't get much in the way of moguls here. The "bumped up" runs I have been on have either been cold and soft, or warm and soft. They work fine for me. But if stuff is getting bumpy I'm usually looking for lines in the tree's or lower traffic areas.
Conclusion: The Jeffery is a great "anytime there is some fresh" ski for the west, and could be a go to pow ski for easterners who prefer their pow ski's to have less girth. It's playfulness also lends itself to being an ideal ski for jibbers who focus more on natural terrain. If I was going on a trip where the conditions were iffy, I would only bring this ski, and use it for whatever came my way.
Pros: Typical ON3P construction(bombproof) that includes thicker edge and base material than the majority of the industry uses. FULL bamboo core. Stable when you need it, nimble when you think about it. Made in the USA.
Cons: I don't have this exact ski in 120 under foot. Though I do have it in 96. Outside of the PNW demo's are hard to come by. This ski made me completely revamp my quiver.